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By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on June 2nd, 2020

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 2, 2020

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ADVOCACY WATCH

Novel Sleep Index May Predict Recurring Vascular Events
MEDPAGE TODAY
May 28, 2020

From the research article summary: “A novel sleep burden index incorporating sleep duration, insomnia, apnea, and restless legs syndrome predicted subsequent cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events after acute stroke, early findings from a prospective study suggested.

Takeaway: It's refreshing to see how different medical specialties can come together with sleep specialists to connect these important dots. 

CULTURE WATCH

Episode 2: Management of Refractory RLS
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE
May 28, 2020

From the podcast page: “We’ll talk with Dr. John Winkelman, chief of the Sleep Disorders Clinical Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and an expert in the epidemiology, physiology, cardiovascular consequences and treatment of restless legs syndrome.

Takeaway: If you need a better understanding of why we, as techs, need to track leg movements during a sleep study, this podcast can clear up any confusion.

TREND WATCH

Clinical and Polysomnographic Features of Trauma Associated Sleep Disorder (TASD)
SLEEP
May 27, 2020

From the research article summary: “Trauma associated sleep disorder (TASD) is an emerging parasomnia that develops after trauma with clinical features of trauma related nightmares (TRN), disruptive nocturnal behaviors (DNB), and autonomic disturbances. The purpose of this study is to characterize the clinical and polysomnographic (PSG) features of TASD.

Takeaway: Given the current state of affairs nationally and worldwide, this couldn't possibly be more relevant. So many people are dealing with ongoing disrupted sleep and/or traumatic encounters during the day. It makes sense that we'll be seeing this new category of sleep-disordered patients from all walks of like, in the weeks, months—maybe even years—to come.   

INDUSTRY WATCH

Dr. Meir Kryger on his ‘adventure’ of studying sleep
YALE NEWS
May 28, 2020

From the interview: “Kryger, professor of medicine (pulmonary) and clinical professor of nursing, recently participated in a virtual press conference sponsored by Yale’s Office of Public Affairs & Communications, during which he spoke about the long history of sleep disorders, gave tips about how to get a better night’s sleep—even during a pandemic—and discussed the moment he had a sudden insight about a COVID-19 risk related to a common sleep disorder.

Takeaway: Dr. Kryger is always inspiring and a friend to sleep technologists.

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

Light Emitted from Media Devices at Night is Associated with Decline in Sperm Quality
SLEEP
May 27, 2020

From the research study abstract: “The last several decades have been characterized by the widespread usage of digital devices, especially smartphones. At the same time, there have been reports of male fertility decline. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between evening exposure to the light-emitting screens of digital media devices and sperm quality.

Takeaway: An interesting hypothesis here. The researchers do acknowledge that more studies are needed to link electronic light exposure to reduced male fertility before we can make any conclusions.

PHARMA WATCH

UPDATE 1-EXCLUSIVE-GSK says science does not link pandemic H1N1 flu vaccine to sleep disorder
REUTERS
May 28, 2020

From the press release: “A spokesman for GSK said the 'science has moved on' since concerns were raised about links between narcolepsy and its H1N1 vaccine, called Pandemrix, which was developed during the flu pandemic 10 years ago. …He said evidence now suggests the link is to the H1N1 flu virus itself, not the vaccine.

Takeaway: This is big news that will be buried by today's current events. Many people have pointed their fingers at the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline, for dispensing an H1N1 vaccine that they now believe is the root cause for a large cluster of narcolepsy cases cropping up across Europe a decade ago.  

SLEEP HYGIENE WATCH

Mobile Device Use in Bed and Relationships to Work Productivity: Impact of Anxiety
SLEEP
May 27, 2020

From the article: Mobile phone use at night is associated with worse sleep quality. It may also be associated with daytime productivity, possibly via anxiety.

Takeaway: I can certainly vouch for this anecdotally, and I know I'm not alone. It's time to start charging the phone in the bathroom again and reclaim some solid sleep!

LEGAL WATCH

And finally… herd immunity
SCOTTISH LEGAL NEWS
May 28, 2020

From the article: “A six-year-long court battle over the sound of cowbells on a small dairy farm in rural Bavaria has finally come to an end. …Legal proceedings were brought against the farm near Munich by a couple who moved in next door in 2011 and said the cowbells were too loud and disrupted their sleep.

Takeaway: 'Herd' immunity? Or 'heard' immunity? 


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.