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By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on October 13th, 2020

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: October 13, 2020

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Childhood Trauma Linked to Poor WASO & Adult Trauma Linked to Poor Sleep Quality in Midlife Women
October 7, 2020

From the article: “'Sleep quality is such an important part of a woman’s overall quality of life, affecting her health as well as her cognitive functioning,' says Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS medical director. 'That’s why it’s important for healthcare providers to be aware of all the factors that can affect a woman’s ability to sleep, including a history of trauma.'

Takeaway: The more we learn about the social determinants of health (SDOH) in sleep—such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the way they impact sleep health later—the more we're able to get at the root cause of poor sleep for so many. 


Chronotypes & Competition Timing May Have Outsize Impact on Who Wins Olympic Gold
October 8, 2020

From the article: “Biological clocks have sizable effects on the performance of elite athletes. This conclusion was drawn by chronobiologists from the University of Groningen after studying the times achieved by swimmers in four different Olympic Games. Shifting the clock to reach peak performance at the right time could make the difference between winning and losing.

Takeaway: Now if we could only find a way to convince Big Business that circadian disruption has an impact on employee job performance and productivity, these studies might have an impact on sleep health for ordinary working people.


The next big travel trend: Circadian travel and sleep retreats
October 6, 2020

From the article: “Travel trends suggest that circadian travel, a new term coined to describe people going to 'sleep retreats' to 'catch up on some shuteye.' The term circadian travel comes from circadian rhythm or body clock. Just like people try to adjust to jetlag, sleep-deprived folks are jumping onto the circadian travel trend to help them catch up on their sleep and make appropriate lifestyle changes.

Takeaway: Not sure this is a trend yet in the west, considering the COVID-19 second (or third, depending on who you ask) surge is fast upon us and travel restrictions are still in place. But when it becomes safe to travel again, I like the idea that people will travel to prioritize sleep …though of course this only affects those with the means to do so.


AASM Sleep Scoring Manual Updates
October 1, 2020

From the podcast: “Updated in early 2020, the AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events is the definitive resource for the evaluation of sleep tests. In this episode of Talking Sleep, our correspondent Dr. Robert Vorona talks with Drs. Richard Berry and Stuart Quan of the AASM Scoring Manual Committee for insight into some of the changes.

Takeaway: Here's a great way to catch up if you've overlooked these updates. 


Phrenic Nerve Stimulation Holds Up for Central Sleep Apnea
October 5, 2020

From the article: “Five-year data supported the long-term safety and effectiveness of transvenous phrenic nerve stimulation (TPNS) for central sleep apnea (CSA), investigators said. …CSA severity decreased in patients after Remede device implantation and stayed that way out to 5 years, according to a group led by Maria Rosa Costanzo, MD, of Advocate Heart Institute in Chicago.

Takeaway: This is great news for central apnea patients who cannot tolerate noninvasive ventilation. 


Clashing meds can put older adults at risk, but many don't check with a pharmacist
September 28, 2020

From the article: “A new poll reveals that most people older than age 50 years do not check with a pharmacist to look for possible adverse interactions among their prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, and supplements.

Takeaway: I can't help but wonder how many pharmacists are able to consult their customers on the wide range of sleep problems that are the result of these drug interactions.  


Real Men Don’t Sleep: Research Finds This Masculine Stereotype Hurts Men
October 5, 2020

From the article: “[S]cience is unequivocal in the assessment that sleep makes you strong, and not sleeping is more likely to make you dead sooner. So when men, and particularly adolescents, are exposed to unrealistic male stereotypes that encourage sleep deprivation, they pay a price.

Takeaway: It seems we're still not past this last-century mindset.


Sydney doctor Ali Khorami jailed for indecently assaulting patients during sleep trial
October 9, 2020

From the article: “A jury in July found Khorami guilty of 22 offences including 19 counts of indecent assault and one count of administering an intoxicating substance to commit an indictable offence. …Many of the acts were caught on CCTV cameras mounted in the patients’ rooms.

Takeaway: The doctor literally used "tantric healing" as an explanation.  

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 chronic illness patient advocacy publishers, and contributes the Journal Club continued education presentations for the AAST. You might occasionally see her work in A2Zzz as well. She can be reached at sleepyheadcentral@gmail.com.