This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 14, 2020
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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Insomnia, Sleep Disturbances Common Among Veterans With PTSD
January 9, 2020
From the article: “The researchers found that 74% of patients with PTSD reported insomnia-related sleep disturbances for at least 50% of the nights in the previous 30 days when measured at T1. Overall, 33% of patients had received a sedative-hypnotic drug prescription in the past year. Patients without a clinical diagnosis of PTSD had fewer sleep difficulties, but the prevalence was high among all veterans.”
Takeaway: Our military veterans have a tough row to hoe when they come home from service. Supporting our vets through better sleep hygiene, patient and community education, sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment is an excellent cause if you're looking to expand your reach as a sleep technologist and/or sleep health educator in 2020. Interested? Check out this January 6, 2020 letter to the editor (SLEEP) from leading military sleep researcher, Dr. Vincent Mysliwiec.
Parents aren't powerless when it comes to sleep-deprived teenagers
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER via SCIENCE NEWS
January 9, 2020
From the research study summary: “Teenagers in the US simply don't get enough shut eye. The consequences of this sleep deprivation epidemic are extensive and include increasing rates of anxiety and depression among adolescents, as well as suicidal thoughts and actions. Researchers found that a simple and timeworn solution yields solid results: a clear bedtime that parents consistently enforce.”
Takeaway: Great advice, but easier said than done!