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By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on September 1st, 2020

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: September 1, 2020

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What explains racial disparities in sleep? Physicians weigh in
August 28, 2020

From the article: “[W]e asked three healthcare professionals about broader disparities in sleep: What are the roles of socioeconomic inequalities? How does racial discrimination come into play? And how can doctors’ guidance about sleep better reflect and account for these disparities? …To find out, we spoke with Dr. Harshil Matta, DO, a family medicine physician at Loyola Medicine, in Chicago, IL; Dr. Emelia 'Mimi' Arquilla, DO, an assistant professor of clinical family medicine at the University of Illinois, in Chicago; and Cynthia Taylor Chavoustie, MPAS, PA-C, a physician assistant practicing family medicine in Parker, CO.

Takeaway: A worthwhile read and an opportunity to listen and learn.


How Does Sleep Loss Impact Criminal Interrogations?
August 30, 2020

From the article: “An experimental study suggests that sleep restriction may hinder information disclosure during criminal interviews, contradicting widespread assumptions about the effectiveness of sleep deprivation as an interrogation tool.

Takeaway: This is a fascinating development. I'm curious if other research can replicate these findings.


Worried about sleep apnea? Home-based testing is now the norm
August 21, 2020

From the website: “'Today, about 60% to 70% of sleep studies for suspected sleep apnea are done using home-based tests,' says Dr. Sogol Javaheri, a sleep specialist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. If your symptoms suggest moderate to severe sleep apnea and you don’t have any other significant medical problems, home sleep monitoring is almost as accurate for detecting apnea as a night in a sleep lab, she says.

Takeaway: Well, HSATs aren't really a new trend, unless you consider the greater reliance we've placed on them during the pandemic. But if a home test is the deal-maker to the overnight test (which for many is a deal-breaker), so be it.  


BRPT recently caught up with Stacey Myers, RPSGT, CCSH, who took the AAST’s CCSH Designated Education program to meet CCSH exam eligibility under Pathway 3
August 26, 2020

From the article: “'I found the recorded modules easy to follow and the information very valuable,' said Stacey Myers, RPSGT, CCSH, who earned her CCSH credential In March. 'The information provided gave me important knowledge and critical details on some areas that I don’t normally practice on the night shift. This greatly helped in preparing me for the CCSH exam.'

Takeaway: If you're a CCSH and want to share how earning the credential has improved your work life and skills, don't hesitate to reach out to the AAST with your story!


Study finds ‘nomophobia’ is associated with poor sleep health in college students
August 26, 2020

From the article: “A new study found that the fear of being out of mobile phone contact — “nomophobia” — is extremely common among college students and is associated with poor sleep health. …Preliminary results show that 89% of a sample of college students had moderate or severe nomophobia. Greater nomophobia was significantly related to greater daytime sleepiness and more behaviors associated with poor sleep quality. …'We found that college students who experience more nomophobia were also more likely to experience sleepiness and poorer sleep hygiene such as long naps and inconsistent bed and wake times,' said lead author Jennifer Peszka, PhD, professor of psychology at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

Takeaway: This could explain why some patients cannot attend a sleep study without having their phone at bedside. But it doesn't mean they can let their phone interfere with their sleep test! 


Magnesium vs. Valerian: What Are The Differences & Which One's Best For Your Sleep?
August 28, 2020

From the article: “Nonprescription sleep aids are a popular option for those who consistently suffer through sleepless nights. When combined with good sleep hygiene, they seem to help some people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. But what's the difference between them, and do some work better than others? Today, we're comparing two of the most common options: valerian and magnesium.

Takeaway: I agree with their conclusion. 


We lose about 30 minutes of sleep each night of the working week, new study shows
August 26, 2020

From the article: “We followed 100 people aged from 60 to 71 over two years, covering their transition into retirement. We measured their sleep on three separate occasions, with one year in between, and compared the sleep habits while they were working against when—and for how long—they slept after retirement.

Takeaway: Cumulatively, working people may be losing 130 hours of sleep a year because of their jobs. If they're also losing more sleep for other reasonshealth problems, anxiety, new family, etc.then that half an hour, five nights a week (which doesn't seem like much by itself) could make all the difference in, say, the odds of a drowsy driving accident. 


American Academy of Sleep Medicine calls for elimination of daylight saving time
August 27, 2020

From the press release: “The AASM supports a switch to permanent standard time, explaining in the statement that standard time more closely aligns with the daily rhythms of the body’s internal clock. The position statement also cites evidence of increased risks of motor vehicle accidents, cardiovascular events, and mood disturbances following the annual “spring forward” to daylight saving time.

Takeaway: It seems to me that for this to work, it will need a 100 percent buy-in with corporate America. But I could be wrong. What do you think? Is this goal possible?


Snoring Competition Between Man and Pug
August 25, 2020

From the video tag: Info from Licensor: 'Like father like son. The great snoring competition that neither of them knew they were competing in.'

Takeaway: You gotta admit, they're kinda cute!

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 multiple chronic illness patient advocacy publishers and apps, 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.