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By: Tamara Sellman on April 24th, 2018

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: April 24, 2018

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Physical neighborhood and social environment, beliefs about sleep, sleep hygiene behaviors, and sleep quality among African Americans
April 13, 2018

From the abstract: “African Americans (AAs) have a higher prevalence of sleep disorders than other racial/ethnic groups. However, little is known about the relationships among individual and neighborhood factors related to sleep quality in AAs. The purposes of this study were to (1) describe beliefs about sleep, sleep hygiene behaviors, and sleep quality among AAs; and (2) examine the relationships among sociodemographic characteristics, neighborhood environment, beliefs about sleep, sleep hygiene behaviors, and sleep quality.”

Takeaway:  If this describes your typical patient population, you might benefit from boning up on these concerns unique to your patients and be prepared to offer good sleep hygiene suggestions as well as education for patients who have erroneous beliefs about sleep health. 


Depression and Sleep Disturbances: Common Bedfellows
April 19, 2018 

From the website: “'If a person does not currently have depression but goes through extended periods of time with sleep disturbances or insomnia, the sleep disturbance can potentially contribute to a mood disturbance or to even more severe depression,' [said Dr. Bei Bei, clinical psychologist at Monash University Healthy Sleep Clinic.] 'The other way around is that people with depression and other mood disorders are more likely to report sleep disturbances.'

Takeaway: There's a lot of discussion about depression within the healthcare space right now, which seems appropriate for sleep techs to have a mastery of, given the connections between poor sleep and poor mental health.


Managing Sleep Apnea with Better Choices for Patients — Market Q&A
April 18, 2018

From the interview: “Answers from Industry Experts

Takeaway: This survey of vendors and trade specialists focuses on the current market for home medical equipment (HME) in relation to sleep disorders. Much of the dialog shares insights into reimbursement challenges and innovation.


Sleep duration in the United States 2003–2016: first signs of success in the fight against sleep deficiency?
April 1, 2018

From the study: “The American Time Use Survey, representative of US residents ≥15 years, was used to investigate trends in self-reported sleep duration and waking activities for the period 2003–2016 (N = 181335 respondents).”

Takeaway: Could it be that all the recent attention paid to promoting sleep health awareness, treating sleep disorders, and preventing sleep deprivation is paying off?


Sleep apnea device maker Inspire Medical files for IPO
April 10, 2018

From the article: “Inspire Medical is an 11-year-old privately held company that makes an implanted medical device to treat chronic obstructive sleep apnea with electricity. The Inspire device, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2014, monitors a sleeping person’s breathing and delivers a mild current to the hypoglossal nerve to stop a person’s loud snoring and snorting in bed.

Takeaway: This alternative to CPAP is here to stay, and may eventually alter sleep apnea therapeutics in a way that eliminates or reduces the need for DME after a study. Stay tuned on this one.


Coping with an Adderall crash
April 13, 2018

From the website: “Although symptoms associated with an Adderall crash can vary between people, it is essential for someone to understand why they are experiencing this reaction.” 

Takeaway: Good basic information regarding withdrawal of this drug which could come in handy in clinic situations with patients.


Development And Early Validation Of A Patient Reported Outcome Measure To Assess Sleep Amongst People Experiencing Problems With Alcohol Or Other Drugs 
April 20, 2018

From the study:  “Study Objectives: To develop a patient reported outcome measure to assess sleep amongst people experiencing problems with alcohol or other drugs. ” 

Takeaway: As with many general physicians, patients often do not explore the links between substance use (or abuse) and poor sleep. This effort should help to create a baseline dialog to ferret out those people who struggle with sleep due to poor sleep hygiene (bedtime use of alcohol or marijuana, for instance) or due to substance use or abuse (nasal steroids or opioid withdrawals, as examples). 


Prosecutors Call Their Own Sleep Expert to Rebut Defense
April 16, 2018

From the article: “Fulton County prosecutors on Monday called their own sleep expert to counter testimony by an neurologist called by the defense who said that Tex McIver could have experienced a 'confusional arousal' that startled him awake and caused him to shoot his wife.

Takeaway: Here's a fascinating sleep forensics case unfolding in the recent news. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution has great coverage (but it's blocked by a paywall, unfortunately). 

BIO:  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 MS-related columns for two medical publishers, and contributes as a freelance writer to AAST’s magazine, A2Zzz. She can be reached at sleepyheadcentral@gmail.com.