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By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on March 10th, 2020

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: March 10, 2020

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ADVOCACY WATCH

Narcolepsy Advocates Attended Rare Disease Week
NARCOLEPSY NETWORK
March 9, 2020

From the website: “Narcolepsy Network sent 20 advocates to Washington, DC to be a voice for the narcolepsy community. Every year, the Rare Disease Legislative Advocates (RDLA), in coordination with the Everylife Foundation for Rare Diseases, hosts a free week-long event that brings together rare disease members from across the country to be educated on legislative issues, meet other advocates, and share perspectives with legislators.

Takeaway: Glad to see sleep disorders represented at this meeting; maybe narcolepsy is considered rare, but that doesn't make it any less disabling.  

CULTURE WATCH

With basketball tournaments looming, 72% of men admit to staying up late to watch sports
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE via NEWSWISE
March 3, 2020

From the research study: “In a survey conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), 58% of Americans admitted to staying up past their bedtime to watch a sporting event—including 72% of men. With a full schedule of games lasting into the night, basketball is likely to steal sleep from many fans this month—and losing sleep has consequences.

Takeaway: And there are so… many… games!!! No wonder they call it March Madness.

TREND WATCH

Sharp rise in hospital admissions for children with sleep disorders
THE GUARDIAN
March 6, 2020

From the article: “Cases for conditions such as insomnia almost double in England in seven years.

Takeaway: Anxiety and more awareness of pediatric sleep apnea are some of the reasons why kids aren't sleeping well. 

INDUSTRY WATCH

Manufacturers Make CPAP Masks for Patients Who Frequently Change Sleep Positions
SLEEP REVIEW
March 3, 2020

From the article: “New sleep apnea interfaces offer different tube placements, tubing characteristics, and seal technologies to accommodate those who move around during their sleep.

Takeaway: Glad to see this being made a priority as both a sleep technologist and a user!

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

9 Factors that Cause Sleep Sensor Artifact
SLEEP REVIEW
March 4, 2020

From the article: “According to Todd Eiken, RPSGT, FAAST, vice president of product development at Dymedix Diagnostics, 'it is critically important that a sleep disorders technologist, as well as an interpreting physician, identify and eliminate artifact that occurs during a PSG. Artifact can mask or reduce the visibility of clinically significant PSG information and also create false-positive and false-negative results.'

Takeaway: We can never know too much about this critical aspect of sleep study accuracy.

PHARMA WATCH

Mika: This therapy is helping me triumph over my 20-year addiction to sleep medicine
NBC NEWS
March 5, 2020

From the commentary: There was also an irony in that at my Know Your Value events, my struggle with sleep medication often came up during conversations on stage. Talking about our vulnerabilities and overcoming them together, after all, is a cornerstone of the Know Your Value message. But after those events, I always felt bit empty inside, because I never offered a solution to my own problem. I didn’t have an answer. I was still struggling.

Takeaway: Spokespeople like Morning Joe  co-host Mika Brzezinski can be especially useful for raising awareness about nonpharmacological treatments for insomnia.

SLEEP HYGIENE WATCH

Is a Weighted Blanket the Sleep Solution You’ve Been Waiting For?
FOOD 52
March 3, 2020

From the interview: “On the bright side, I’ve found that when I’m inside my little weighted nest, I do experience a dip in fidgeting and mind-wandering, bringing on both quicker and deeper sleep. …My experiences notwithstanding, I reached out to Mollie McGlocklin, creator of Sleep Is A Skill—a resource for the sleep-deprived—for a slightly more scientific perspective on the matter. Through her own sleep struggles and her experience with clients, Mollie sheds some light on the benefits of weighted blankets, and how best to approach one for the first time.

Takeaway: Hey, whatever works!

LEGAL WATCH

FDA Warning Letter: EPAP Mask Maker Is Misbranding Its Snoring Device
SLEEP REVIEW
February 25, 2020

From the article: “CPAPNEA Medical Supply has a cleared 510(k) for the Optipillows EPAP mask for the sole intended use of alleviating snoring during sleep in adults, states the FDA in a warning letter.

Takeaway: Be wary of this mask if it's being used in your clinic, as it has been flagged and could potentially be pulled from the market if the manufacturer doesn't follow protocols.  


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.