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By: Tamara Sellman on April 24th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: April 24, 2017

Sleep Technologist Advice

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week

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"Sleep Awareness Week 2017: Sleep Better. Feel Better. 
April 22, 2017

From the website: “This year’s theme is “Sleep Better. Feel Better.” and our goal is for you to get enough sleep and feel well rested. ... Don’t know where to begin when it comes to good sleep? NSF has got your back. Here are some tips that may help you #SleepBetterFeelBetter."

Takeaway: If your lab hasn't pulled together a program for Sleep Awareness Week, here are some easy-to-access and shareable resources and ideas you can activate over the week.


"Targeted Re-Titrations Result in 72% Compliance in Patients Who Previously Failed CPAP
April 19, 2017 

From the article: "A study advances a new “REPAP” protocol and finds that patients with co-occurring psychiatric symptoms fared better on advanced PAP therapies, especially after multiple titrations."

Takeaway: Sometimes our hardest patients are those who have been through the sleep study "circuit" already and have failed CPAP. This might be one way to help get them back on track.


"Researchers use novel machine learning technique to measure sleep patterns
April 20, 2017

From the website: “Osaka University researchers have designed new technology that uses machine learning to model a personal sleep pattern based on the sounds made during sleep. Because the sounds can be recorded at home with no fancy devices, it is expected that doctors using this technology could diagnose patients under normal sleeping conditions, which is expected to lead to better treatment.

Takeaway: More efforts afoot to replace the in-lab sleep study with something cheaper and more convenient to the patient. Stay tuned.


"NeuroMetrix Announces Availability of Quell Wearable Pain Relief Technology at Bed Bath & Beyond
April 18, 2017

From the website:Developed for those living with chronic pain, Quell delivers advanced, clinical-strength neurotechnology in a wearable device, and offers a sophisticated app to personalize and control therapy. Users are able to track therapy, sleep quality, and other health metrics to better manage their pain and see progress over time. In a clinical study, 81 percent of subjects reported improvement in their chronic pain, and 67 percent reported a reduction in their use of pain medication after using Quell.

Takeaway: Non-drug pain relief options are on the rise, and here's one such wearable device for chronic pain sufferers that's approved for use while asleep. Worth keeping an eye on this one.


"Long-term use of antihistamines to treat insomnia is not advised
April 22, 2017

From the advice column:Dear Doctor: I’m leery of sleep drugs, so I’ve been taking Benadryl to help me sleep. Now I read that it should be taken only for a limited time. What’s the story on this drug?

Takeaway: Who hasn't encountered a patient using diphenhydramine as a sleep aid on a regular basis? There's some good information here you can note and share with patients (as well as your doctors, in your tech notes) when the subject of using Benadryl may be problematic.


"Better Sleep Equals Better Health: Nurse Practitioners Encourage Better Sleep Habits
April 21, 2017

From the website:The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is calling for individuals to make sleep a priority to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Takeaway: If we, as sleep techs, don't become more organized and focused on doing this critical work while on the job as well as out in the public, we will lose opportunities in our field to promote good sleep to nurses. 


"Motorist accused of "nodding off" drove carelessly, not dangerously, say jury
April 20, 2017

From the report: "Prosecutors claimed 57-year-old Hugh Redmayne nodded off before his car crashed head into another car on the B5086 Egremont to Cockermouth road in May last year. ... His Range Rover crashed head-on into a BMW, leaving its driver Paul Wilson seriously hurt. ... But after hearing the evidence at Carlisle Crown Court the jury concluded the defendant, of Deanscales, Cockermouth, was guilty of the lesser allegation of careless driving.”

Takeaway: Note that this event took place in the UK, where driving laws can be different. However, are you puzzled by the difference in the definitions between careless and dangerous driving here? The victim was left seriously hurt. Just a reminder that people in general (including juries) still think that drowsy driving can be forgivable, although it might be worth asking the victim if they feel the same way... 

BIO:  Tamara Sellman RPSGT, CCSH curates the sleep health information clearinghouse, SleepyHeadCENTRAL, where she follows sleep health news headlines daily. She is also Web Consultant for the American Sleep Apnea Association, writes MS-related columns for two medical publishers, and contributes as a freelance writer to AAST’s magazine, A2Zzz, and other places.

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