This Week in Sleep Medicine: August 28, 2018
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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College-bound? Get Our Ed Essentials Guide, Full of Tips from Students with IH!
From the article:
August 21, 2018
Takeaway: A college education is extremely difficult to attain if you have IH; this guide shows that students can break out of old systems and achieve their dreams even when they have this sleep disorder as a roadblock.
Surgery Can Successfully Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Malocclusion in PWS, Case Study Reports
PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME NEWS
August 20, 2018
From the article: “OSA, in particular, is highly prevalent among Prader-Willi patients. In fact, OSA has become a minor criterion for a diagnosis of Prader-Willi syndrome.
If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to significant health issues, including hypertension (high blood pressure), cardiac arrhythmias, and stroke.”
Takeaway: Here's an example where treatment by PAP therapy may be less useful than surgery.
Addressing physician self-care means getting doctors more sleep
August 27, 2018
Multimorbidity In the US – Obesity As A Key Driver of Health Spending
August 24, 2018
From the article: “In the U.S., the growing prevalence of multi-morbidity is contributing to increased mortality and healthcare cost growth in America. Underlying this clinical and economic phenomenon is obesity, which primary care doctors are challenged to deal with as a chronic condition along with typically co-occurring comorbidities of hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia. …The line chart comes from a new study into Multimorbidity Trends in United States Adults, 1988-2014, published in the July-August 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.”Takeaway: From the chart, measures for obesity, hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, COPD, stroke, cancer, and chronic kidney disease show these interrelated impacts with obesity. It's distressing how the topic of sleep doesn't come up at all. It can seem like sleep disorders (in this case, OSA in particular) quickly fall off the radar of some researchers.
Telemedicine Investors Roundtable Focuses on Progress, Barriers, and ROI
HEALTH CARE LAW TODAY
August 24, 2018
From the article: “As telemedicine continues to see significant traction, health care organizations are working to implement telemedicine programs and create technology infrastructures all while working within the current legislative requirements. Foley & Lardner LLP and Ziegler recently had an opportunity to sit down with 15 leaders in telemedicine to discuss the progress, barriers, and return on investment as the industry shifts from infancy to adolescence.”
Takeaway: It's hard to know how many more jobs may be created for RPSGTs and CCSH credential holders from this article, but it's comforting to be reminded of the natural affinity sleep medicine has for applications of telemedicine, and that it could very well be those of us in allied sleep health professions taking the helm.
What Are Nootropics—and Can They Really Make You Smarter?
August 21, 2018
From the article: “Supplements, medications, and coffee certainly might play a role in keeping our brains running smoothly at work or when we’re trying to remember where we left our keys. But the long-term effects of basic lifestyle practices can’t be ignored. 'For good brain health across the life span, you should keep your brain active,' [professor Barbara] Sahakian says. 'There is good evidence for use it or lose it.'She suggests brain-training apps to improve memory, as well as physical exercise. 'You should ensure you have a healthy diet and not overeat. It is also important to have good-quality sleep. Finally, having a good work-life balance is important for well-being.'”
Takeaway: This is a good survey of the wide-branching field of nootropic drugs, but what's really sad is that sleep as a biological process necessary for a sharp brain is mentioned only very slightly at the very bottom of this article.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
From the article: “In a comprehensive University of Michigan study, 50% of college students across the country reported daytime sleepiness, irregular sleep schedules and sleep deprivation. More than 70% suffered from insufficient sleep. The general consensus is that young adults should have at least 8 hours of sleep each night but in an architectural school in the Midwest, just 4% of students slept that much on a regular basis.”Takeaway: College students find themselves free to make many decisions, including when to go to bed and how long to sleep. Without family schedules shaping these decisions, they need a little extra help achieving a healthy balance of studies, social life, and activities, all which demand adequate sleep for success.
Council may ease regulations for those living out of vehicles
ARIZONA DAILY SUN
August 23, 2018
From the article: “With Flagstaff residents spending so much on both housing and transportation, Council continued a discussion on adjusting city codes that some say 'criminalize sleep.' Specifically, Council discussed changes to the camping ordinance and the ordinance governing those utilizing RVs as homes within the city.”
Takeaway: Human beings at every socioeconomic status still have a Constitutional right to sleep, but local lawmakers frequently find ordinances that get in the way of that right.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.