This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 19, 2020
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
Your media watchdog for headlines and trends
relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
PANDEMIC QUICK LINKS
- Covid-19 Masks Are Not Toxic. But Babies Shouldn’t Wear Them
FORBES || May 17, 2020
- Sleep in a Time of Pandemic 'COVID 19′ - A Position Statement from the National Sleep Foundation
SLEEP HEALTH || May 16, 2020
- Americans Getting 16.4 Hours More Sleep Amid Stay-At-Home Order
CBS LOCAL DETROIT || May 15, 2020
- Forget commuting, is getting more sleep the real bonus of WFH?
IMAGE || May 15, 2020
- Loyola Medicine Offers Tips to Help You Sleep During COVID-19
LOYOLA MEDICINE || May 14, 2020
- How To Maintain Healthy Sleep And Manage Anxiety During The Pandemic
NPR || May 14, 2020
- Sommetrics Donates Airway Devices to COVID-19 Fight, Applies for Emergency Use Authorization
SLEEP REVIEW || May 14, 2020
- Want to sleep like a baby during the coronavirus crisis? Here are 10 ways to do it
THE CONVERSATION || May 13, 2020
- Some of us have more time to sleep. So why are we so tired?
THE WASHINGTON POST || May 13, 2020
- Stress, lack of routine play large part in COVID-induced insomnia
THE CAVALIER DAILY || May 11, 2020
- Treatment of sleep apnea by ENT specialists during the COVID-19 pandemic
EUROPEAN ANNALS OF OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY, HEAD AND NECK DISEASES || May 11, 2020
- Updated: Sleep-Related COVID-19 Resources
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SLEEP TECHNOLOGISTS || May 19, 2020
- In case you missed it: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Sleep Centers: Risks, Precautions, and Recommendations
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SLEEP TECHNOLOGISTS || March 25, 2020
- In case you missed it: COVID-19 mitigation strategies for sleep clinics and sleep centers – REOPENING
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE || April 27, 2020
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- World Health Organization Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
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
BOARD OF REGISTERED POLYSOMNOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGISTS
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.
SLEEP EDUCATION WATCH
AASM invites public comment on the draft guideline for behavioral treatments for chronic insomnia disorder in adults
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE
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.