This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 4, 2020
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
Good sleep practices may boost performance in older shift workers
January 31, 2020
From the press release: “Older people working nights may feel more alert and sleep longer if they stay up longer after getting off work, then stay in bed for a full eight hours, waking up closer to the start of their shift, a small trial suggests.”
Takeaway: Here are some tips for those long timers among us working nights.
Macalester College’s ‘Sleep Well Initiative’ emphasizes mental health benefits of sleep
February 3, 2020
From the article: “When Broek started the Sleep Well Initiative, the national conversation around sleep on campus was focused on stress reduction. In the decade since, campus mental health experts have come to view sleep education as a form of prevention, a way of helping students build the strength needed to weather the challenges of college life. …'Mental health is about resilience and self-care,' Broek said. 'Not to say that if you have a diagnosable mental illness you don’t need to get appropriate care, but getting ahead of it with programs like this one is a good way to help students maintain a more even balance.'”
Takeaway: I hope this focus on sleep's connection to mental health spreads beyond campuses; it's such a big link and it sure seems like nobody notices.