This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 11, 2020
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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Family and Environmental Risk Factors are Linked to Poor Sleep in Young Children
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA via NEWSWISE
February 3, 2020
From the press release: “'Prior studies have shown us how risk factors in a child’s family or the broader environment are related to poor sleep quality and increased sleep problems in childhood,' said Ariel A. Williamson, PhD, DBSM, a psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Pediatrics at CHOP and University of Pennsylvania, and lead author of this study. 'However, few studies have examined how the cumulative, or additive, effect of these risk factors can contribute to greater sleep problems, including poor sleep health behaviors such as insufficient sleep and caffeine consumption, symptoms of insomnia such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, or symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.'”
Takeaway: Our youngest citizens rely on us to give them guidance. By promoting healthy families, economic equity, mental health awareness, and sleep hygiene, we can—as sleep technologists and sleep health educators—help redirect the trajectories of these vulnerable lives toward futures which include more and better sleep.
Even in Dangerous Neighborhoods, Gun Owners Don’t Actually Sleep Better
February 5, 2020
From the article: “Published in the journal Preventive Medicine, the sleep study was based on four years of data collected for the General Social Survey between 2010 and 2018. The data showed no difference between gun owners and non-gun owners in terms of their level of sleep disturbance. …'We found that gun ownership was no consolation for living in a dangerous neighborhood in terms of the sleep disturbance outcome,' Hill says.”
Takeaway: Just the messenger here.