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By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on April 28th, 2020

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: April 28, 2020

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ADVOCACY WATCH

Comprehensive Review of the Current Literature on Impact of Ambient Air Pollution and Sleep Quality
SLEEP MEDICINE via SCIENCE DIRECT
April 23, 2020

From the research summary: “The association between ambient air pollution and sleep quality was evaluated in 133,695 subjects.

Takeaway: Well, given that researchers are also finding that particulate matter in the air is also hosting coronavirus, this might be an additional reason to reconsider all the myriad ways in which human industry contributes to air pollution. 

CULTURE WATCH

Can Sleep Deprivation Make You Fat?
SLEEP REVIEW
April 24, 2020

From the website: “A growing body of research has suggested that poor sleep quality is linked to an increased risk of obesity by deregulating appetite, which in turn leads to more calorie consumption. …But a new study published this week in PLOS Biology found that the direction of this reaction might actually be flipped: It’s not the sleep loss that leads to obesity, but rather that excess weight can cause poor sleep, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and the University of Nevada, Reno, who discovered their findings in the microscopic worm Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans).

Takeaway: This is an interesting chicken or egg discussion.  

TREND WATCH

How Hästens Makes Selling A $10,000+ Mattress Easy In A World Changed By Coronavirus
FORBES
April 25, 2020

From the article: “Ironically, in today’s crowded mattress market with an ever-expanding range of mattress brands and technology, finding the best mattress to achieve the best sleep can be an anxiety-producing experience all its own.

Takeaway: Capitalizing on the pandemic is just one more affirmation of the American way. (Cue sarcasm.)

INDUSTRY WATCH

Pediatric Sleep Tools: An Updated Literature Review
FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRY
April 23, 2020

From the research summary: “This systematic review aims to comprehensively evaluate and summarize the tools currently in circulation and provide recommendations for potential evolving avenues of pediatric sleep interest.

Takeaway: Comprehensive review for those who've worked in pediatric polysomnography as well as for those who are new to the specialty. 

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

The impact of heart rate-based drowsiness monitoring on adverse driving events in heavy vehicle drivers under naturalistic conditions
SLEEP HEALTH
April 24, 2020

From the research article: “This study examined the influence of a wrist-worn heart rate drowsiness detection device on heavy vehicle driver safety and sleep and its ability to predict driving events under naturalistic conditions.

Takeaway: Even if the only impact this device has is to improve awareness of driver fatigue, I would consider that a success.

PHARMA WATCH

Ef­fects of rapid-act­ing an­ti­de­press­ants con­sol­id­ated in sleep?
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI via SCIENCE DAILY
April 202, 2020

From the research summary: “In recent years, rapid-acting modes of treatment for depression have been investigated, potentially offering entirely novel approaches. The latest new product is a nasal spray that contains esketamine, which was just granted a marketing authorisation in Europe.

Takeaway: This isn't a long-term solution, but a temporary one. As the researchers note, tackling the root cause is still a necessary goal to meet. 

SLEEP HYGIENE WATCH

Leader sleep devaluation, employee sleep, and unethical behavior
SLEEP HEALTH
April 22, 2020

From the research study: “The objectives of this study is to examine the effect of leader sleep devaluation (which we define as leader behaviors that signal to employees that sleep should be sacrificed for work) on the sleep and unethical behavior of subordinates.

Takeaway: Changes in the way our culture values sleep as one of the critical three pillars of health relies a great deal on leadership reflecting and mirroring these values in their own behavior. We're not there yet, unfortunately.

POLICY WATCH

Delayed School Start Times Shown to Increase Adolescent Sleep Duration, Study Finds
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MANAGED CARE
April 27, 2020

From the article: “'The present study’s results suggest that later start times could be a durable and transformative strategy for dealing with the epidemic sleep insufficiency among adolescents,' said the study authors.

Takeaway: This is good news and also makes me wonder whether current home-study situations aren't also having a positive impact on teen sleep. That's another study for another time.


BIO:  AAST blog columnist Tamara Sellman RPSGT, CCSH curates the sleep health information clearinghouse, SleepyHeadCENTRAL, where she follows sleep health news headlines daily. She is also an independent sleep health journalist, writes sleep-related columns for two chronic illness patient advocacy publishers, and contributes the Journal Club continued education presentations for the AAST. She can be reached at sleepyheadcentral@gmail.com.