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By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on June 16th, 2020

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 16, 2020

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ADVOCACY WATCH

Apply Now to Become a 2020-2021 Youth Ambassador
NARCOLEPSY NETWORK
June 15, 2020

From the website: “This is a national program designed to train promising young members of Narcolepsy Network to advocate for people with narcolepsy. Youth Ambassadors will learn how to be leaders and representatives of Narcolepsy Network all while building friendships to last a lifetime.

Takeaway: If your clinic has seen teen narcolepsy patients, you may want to extend this invitation to them.

CULTURE WATCH

Sleep societies and sleep training programs in Latin America
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SLEEP MEDICINE
June 15, 2020

From the research abstract: “There are remarkable differences in sleep society consolidation, training programs, available certification, terminology, regulatory entities, and requirements in Latin America, which may increase difficulties and obstacles for a multinational certification project.

Takeaway: Let's hear it for our sleep medicine peers across all of the Americas!

TREND WATCH

Carson Daly Jokes He and Wife Siri May Never Sleep Together Again After 'Sleep Divorcing' Last Year
PEOPLE
June 13, 2020

From the article: “'We're both pretty good-sized humans and it just wasn't really working when she was in her third trimester, and I also have sleep apnea, which is very sexy for the ladies out there, I'm sure,' Carson, 46, says. 'She couldn't get comfortable, so we were like a commercial you would see, kicking each other and just not sleeping.'

Takeaway: I love to see people with high visibility in the mainstream share their sleep stories. The more people talk about "sleep divorces" and their own sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, the more they normalize the conscious prioritization of sleep and sleep health.

INDUSTRY WATCH

The RPSGT Exam – Troubleshooting Tricky Areas
BOARD OF REGISTERED POLYSOMNOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGISTS
June 11, 2020

From the blog post: “In an effort to further support our exam candidates, we conducted a lengthy review of RPSGT exam results going back as far as 2010. Our goal was to identify the areas of the exam where candidates appeared to have the most difficulty.

Takeaway: Insightful especially for CPSGTs testing soon for credentials as well as sleep clinic managers, who may benefit from knowing where these training and education weaknesses occur.

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

Workplaces with natural lighting help workers sleep more and perform better
TECH EXPLORIST
June 9, 2020

From the website: “The analyses included testing the distinctions in sleep patterns for people working in nearly identical office environments situated right next to one other—the only real contrast was the lighting. One office had the traditional blinds obscure most of the sunlight getting through the large glass windows. In the other office, the windows were treated with electrochromic glazing technology that allows more sunlight to go through while limiting glare.

Takeaway: One does wonder whether workers will notice these lighting differences as they leave their work-from-home situations and return to their offices. It could go either way; they might have better or worse lighting at home. In any case, it'll be interesting to see whether businesses will pursue lighting as a potential enhancement in employee productivity.

PHARMA WATCH

5 Signs of Using Cannabis Too Frequently
PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
June 10, 2020

From the column: “Truly heavy daily cannabis users often report experiencing restlessness, irritability, anxiety, lack of appetite, and boredom upon waking each morning. Eight hours of abstinence while sleeping reveal how deeply downregulated their natural cannabinoid system has become. Some take a few hits before getting out of bed in order to feel more normal.

Takeaway: Anecdotally speaking, I have heard these kinds of behavior reported from acquaintances who began to use cannabis products for sleep once it was regulated in our state.   

SLEEP EDUCATION WATCH

Insomnia Awareness Night to Shed Light on Impact of Sleeplessness
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE
June 15, 2020

From the press release: “June features the shortest nights of the year, but for those living with chronic insomnia, every night is long. That’s why the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM) and American Alliance for Healthy Sleep (AAHS) are working to raise awareness of the disease with Insomnia Awareness Night on June 22, 2020.

Takeaway: Insomnia is more relevant now than ever, given the crush of 2020 events. 

LEGAL WATCH

Rosen, a longstanding and top ranked investor counsel, announces filing of securities class action lawsuit against Casper Sleep Inc. - CSPR
GLOBE NEWSWIRE
June 10, 2020

From the press release: “According to the lawsuit, the Offering Documents were negligently prepared and, as a result, contained untrue statements of material fact or omitted to state other facts necessary to make the statements made not misleading and were not prepared in accordance with the rules and regulations governing their preparation.

Takeaway: This is going to be very interesting as it unfolds. 


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.