This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 21, 2020
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
WYWS is taking a brief hiatus next week and will return on Tuesday February 4, 2020.
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11 Important CPAP Benefits To Improve Your Well Being
THE SLEEP ZONE
January 13, 2020
From the blog: “Not only is CPAP therapy the most effective sleep apnea treatment, but it makes people feel better by providing their bodies and minds with the oxygen necessary for better sleep and healing.”
Takeaway: Okay, so you might have these memorized by now …or maybe not? Some great talking points here for patients who may struggle with the idea of using CPAP, though they may need it.
Parasympathetic activity is reduced during slow-wave sleep, but not resting wakefulness, in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SLEEP MEDICINE
January 15, 2020
From the research study summary: “Previous research shows that nocturnal parasympathetic activity (reflected by heart rate variability [HRV]) is diminished in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), suggesting hypervigilant sleep. This study investigated differences in nocturnal autonomic activity across sleep stages and explored the association of parasympathetic activity with sleep quality and self-reported physical and psychological wellbeing in individuals with CFS.”
Takeaway: It's great to see CFS being taken seriously in research, and that sleep medicine research can play a critical role in supporting diagnosis and treatment of this condition, which for some can be disabling and life altering.