This Week in Sleep Medicine: September 24, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
Your media watchdog for headlines and trends
relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
The "While You Were Sleeping" series takes a break
next week but will return on Tuesday Oct 8.
Climate Change Affects Sleep For Different, Equally Bad Reasons
September 19, 2019
From the website: “If you've never stopped to think about how climate change will affect your sleep, the connection between a warmer planet and poor sleep quality is fairly significant, especially among vulnerable populations.”
Takeaway: We know some tips and tricks for cooling down our patients during a study. Don't be afraid to share these during heat waves and sudden extreme weather when temperatures and humidity can make sleep very difficult. In fact, if you work in a location where these are common occurrences, it might be worth it to generate educational materials you can distribute in person or online to your patient base.
Ask the Doctor: Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome or IH?
September 17, 2019
From the column: “What is delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) and how is it diagnosed? Should it be ruled out before a diagnosis of IH is made?”
Takeaway: Idiopathic hypersomnia (IH) is a tough nut to crack, diagnostically. It's considered, in some ways, a diagnosis of exclusion. As this columnist suggests, it's a good idea to root out all other causes for daytime sleepiness—include the potentially less obvious circadian disorders—before moving toward an IH diagnosis. That means, as sleep technologists, we need to be asking our patients a lot of questions related to their sleep habits and symptoms during their overnight stays and documenting this information in our notes for all doctors involved.
SLEEP HYGIENE WATCH
City council extends restrictions on car dwelling, potentially affecting students
DAILY BRUIN (UCLA)
September 20, 2019
From the article: “Students who sleep in their vehicles are once again prohibited from doing so in certain areas by the Los Angeles City Council. …The policy extension, which passed the council July 30, directly affects homeless residents, students and commuters who live in cars, trucks and camper vans across the city of Los Angeles. Prohibitions primarily apply to parking spots within 500 feet of schools—including UCLA—along with preschools, daycare facilities or parks, leaving industrial and commercial areas available for people dwelling in vehicles.”
Takeaway: Maybe I am missing something here, but isn't tuition at UCLA sizable? And shouldn't it cover modest housing? How can a major university accept students (and their tuition dollars) without also addressing their human need for shelter?