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By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on February 9th, 2021

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 9, 2021

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For the latest information, please check the following resources:

   Updated: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: February 5, 2021

   Updated: Sleep-Related COVID-19 Resources
   COVID-19 Sleep Lab Guideline: December 2020

   VIDEO | COVID-19 and Sleep Medicine Update | AASM town hall forum
   Update from the AASM COVID-19 Task Force | January 2021
COVID-19 Resources
   New webcasts explore teleVID-19 practice expenses
   AMA finalizes new CPT code for COVID-19 expenses
   VIDEO | Presidential Town Hall Forum – COVID-19 and Sleep Medicine
   Considerations for the practice of sleep medicine during COVID-19
   COVID-19: FAQs for Sleep Clinicians
   Summary of CDC recommendations relevant for sleep practices during COVID-19

   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
   World Health Organization Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak


Housing insecurity and sleep among welfare recipients in California
February 1, 2021

From the research study abstract: “Sample members who were unable to make their rent/mortgage payments slept on average 22 fewer minutes a night and had lower quality sleep than those who were able to make their rent/mortgage payments. Sample members who were forced to move because of an inability to make rent/mortgage payments slept on average 32 fewer minutes a night and had lower quality sleep than those who were not forced to move.”

Takeaway: Common sense underlines these findings. It's nice to see sleep health activist Wendy Troxel behind this research. 


Sleep Schedules for a Zoom Semester
February 1, 2021

From the blog: “There are some undeniable benefits to online learning, such as not needing to change out of your pajamas for class or being able to wake up five minutes before class and still look presentable (or just have the camera off and no one will know if you still have the blanket wrapped around you like a burrito); however, for a perpetually sleep deprived college student, one has to wonder how beneficial Zoom classes are for one’s sleep schedule. Clearly everyone’s coping differently with this online semester, so here’s a field guide to all the different sleep schedules of Harvard students during a Zoom semester.”

Takeaway: I don't know how college studentsand their professorsmanage these classes when the meeting times are all over the place. 


Nap time is the new coffee break. Here’s how to make the most of it.
February 1, 2021

From the article: “There are two biological processes that contribute to daily drowsiness, says Sara Mednick, a professor of cognitive science at the University of California at Irvine and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life. …The first system is the circadian: It prompts you to stay awake when it’s light out and asleep when it’s dark. In the middle of the day, it causes the hormone cortisol to start decreasing from its morning high and your core body temperature to slightly dip; losing heat helps you fall and stay asleep. The second is the homeostatic: It makes you sleepier the longer you’ve been awake. As the day progresses, it continually increases your 'sleep pressure,' causing you to have a growing need for sleep. Together, at midday, these create 'kind of a perfect storm that makes people tired,' Mednick says.

Takeaway: Workers everywhere have asked for this for years; now is their moment!


Friend & Family Man: How Rafael Pelayo, MD, lives the legacy of the Father of Sleep Medicine and why the pediatric sleep specialist asks parents about their sleep
February 7, 2021

From the feature: “'I got to meet famous sleep experts like Drs Jouvet, Sullivan, Ferber, Roth, and countless others,' Pelayo says. 'From the onset, I was keenly aware that I was witnessing history, and I paid close attention to what was happening all around me.' When sleep pioneer Christian Guilleminault, MD, (who passed in July 2019) took a sabbatical year, Pelayo inherited his challenging patients.

Takeaway: Pelayo's story is an interesting and inspiring one. 


FDA approves new device to reduce snoring and sleep apnea that’s worn for just 20 minutes during the day
February 5, 2021

From the article: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved marketing of a new device that could help patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. …The device is the first device of its kind to be intended for use during the day, most devices are intended for use during sleep. …FDA assessments found that the device reduced loud snoring by more than 20% in 87 out of 115 patients.

Takeaway: Okay, this one came out of the blue for me. It will be interesting to see if people use this. 


Should You Really Be Using a Melatonin Diffuser Before Bed?
February 5, 2021

From the article: “You might want to listen to what an expert has to say about melatonin diffuser safety before making any decisions. …'Vaping anything [often] has inherent negative effects,' says Dr. [Michael] Friedman [of Chicago ENT]. Sure, most melatonin diffusers don't contain drugs (such as addictive nicotine) or the harmful ingredients lurking in e-cigarettes (think: vitamin E acetate, a common additive in vaping products that's been linked to lung disease). But vaporizers in general have only recently become the subject of studies—none of which have focused on melatonin diffusers.

Takeaway: This is basically a melatonin vape. 

Daily associations between sleep and pain in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain
February 2, 2021

From the research study abstract: “We observed a significant effect of pain as a predictor of next‐night sleep quality (p = .003) and marginally of next‐night sleep duration (p = .079). Conversely, sleep quality tentatively predicted next‐day pain (p = .063).

Takeaway: This is what they call a bidirectional relationship: pain disrupts sleep and lost sleep worsens pain tolerance.


Art therapy is ‘right for your brain’ and sleep schedule, professors say
February 1, 2021

From the article: “'Anxiety issues definitely impact sleep hygiene, and I really think art therapy is a mental profession that actually uses the creative process of art-making to improve and enhance physical, mental, emotional well-being really of individuals of all ages,' [WSU art therapy graduate program adjunct professor Julie] Moreno said.

Takeaway: Maybe this is a good argument for providing anxious patients with some adult coloring books and supplies for the periods when they're waiting for their studies to begin. 


Man arrested after using hairspray as flamethrower at Sanford Sleep Clinic
January 30, 2021

From the article: “A man who police say tried to use a can of hairspray as a flamethrower at Sanford Sleep and Dialysis in Fargo late Friday night is in police custody.

Takeaway: Stay safe out there, people! 

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 produces 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.