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By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on May 19th, 2020

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 19, 2020

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Too little sleep can mean more asthma attacks in adults
May 12, 2020

From the research summary: “Short sleepers, as compared to normal sleepers, had a greater likelihood of an asthma attack, dry cough, and an overnight hospitalization during the past year. Short sleepers also had significantly worse health related quality of life—including days of poor physical and mental health and inactive days due to poor health—and more frequent general healthcare use during the past year as compared to normal sleepers.

Takeaway: More frequent healthcare visits suggest asthma can be an expensive condition with costly outcomes. If something as simple as getting enough sleep can improve outcomes, it seems like a good goal to educate patients moving forward.


Bidirectional Relationships of Sleep and Work
May 11, 2020

From the editorial: “In this special issue of Sleep Health, there are 14 original research articles from 7 countries that describe the enormity of the sleep health across work settings, populations, and specific conditions; their impact on workplace productivity and worker health; and interventions designed to help workers, managers, and workplaces address their priorities and manage these competing demands. By recognizing and publicizing the importance of these interactions, we hope to stimulate researchers to develop and evaluate solutions to the global concern of poor sleep degrading work and quality of life and work degrading health, including sleep health.

Takeaway: One's working life can consume at least a third of one's time while alive, equal to one's sleeping life. It's good to see more conversations about the links between poor sleep and workplace challenges.


Clinical Sleep Health Specialists – 2020 State of the Industry Survey Findings

From the website: “The BRPT recently conducted a survey of all its credential holders to get a better understanding of the current state of the clinical sleep health industry. We asked a broad range of questions including, how sleep specialists entered the profession, how long they’ve been in the field and in what capacity. We also asked them to share their thoughts on where the profession is headed, how long they plan to stay in sleep as well as reasons for why they would leave the profession. It’s important to note that this survey was conducted in January and February of 2020 before the coronavirus global pandemic became the new normal for many of us.

Takeaway: Our work in sleep labs may not allow us to network as easily as in other fields, given the nature of our schedules. This report gives some interesting insights into how we fare among our peers, industry wide, as well as what kinds of concerns in our field are trending.   


These Sleep Medicine Products Got FDA Nod in 2019
May 14, 2020

From the article: “Sleep Review annually rounds up the sleep medicine devices, pharmaceuticals, and more that earned US Food and Drug Administration clearance.

Takeaway: Many thanks for Sleep Review for putting these annual lists together in one easy-access place!


Precise and easy mask fitting with 3D scanning technology
May 5, 2020

From the website: “A mask is more than just an interface between the patient and their device: it has the potential to engage and motivate them on their journey to a healthy lifestyle. A more precise and personalized fitting experience can contribute to boosting a patient's confidence that he or she is in the right mask and that this is a solution that will work for them.

Takeaway: If we could eliminate the guesswork in achieving proper mask fit for CPAP users, just imagine how much better those compliance numbers might be.


New IH Clinical Trial
May 13, 2020

From the call for participants: “The SPARKLE 2002 Study is testing an investigational drug in people with narcolepsy with cataplexy. The main purpose of the study is to look at how safe and tolerable the investigational drug is and how it may affect a person’s narcolepsy symptoms.

Takeaway: If your lab sees any patients who fits the eligibility requirements, you may want to pass this information on to them.


AASM invites public comment on the draft guideline for behavioral treatments for chronic insomnia disorder in adults
May 15, 2020

From the call for comments: “The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is inviting public comment on drafts of a clinical practice guideline on the Behavioral and Psychological Treatments for Chronic Insomnia Disorder in Adults and accompanying systematic review. …The public comment period is open for 4 weeks beginning Monday, May 18, and ending Monday, June 15. AASM members, nonmember health care professionals, patients, insurance companies, advocacy groups, professional medical societies, and other interested members of the public are invited to review the draft guideline and submit their feedback during this open comment period.

Takeaway: How many patients under your care complain of sleeplessness? Can you think of improvements to current behavioral treatments that could help with their insomnia? This is a great opportunity to speak up for them in a meaningful way. 


Miss Jenna runs aground on Lobsterville Beach
May 15, 2020

From the article: Capt. Andrew Wheeler, who runs the Miss Jenna, told The Times Friday morning sleep deprivation was a factor.

Takeaway: Driving while drowsy doesn't only happen in automobiles.

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.