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By: Tamara Sellman on December 27th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 27, 2017

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


Your media watchdog for headlines and trends 
relevant to sleep technology and patient education.

Holiday schedule: Hope you are enjoying your holiday season!
WYWS will post a day later next week (Wed Jan 3) in order to
accommodate the upcoming national holidays. 




All of Us Research Program Seeks Input on Research Priorities
December 19, 2017 

From the call for feedback:Using IdeaScale, we are asking to you to submit your ideas through a tool known as a “use case” that outlines and describes research questions that the All of Us Research Program could help answer. Click the Submit New Idea button below to be directed to IdeaScale, where you can see the ideas submitted by others or add your own idea. 

Takeaway:  Here's one way you can affect change in the area of sleep research: Share your most burning and unanswered questions about sleep biology through this portal. The more we ask these questions, the more likely the NIH will respond by placing more priority on sleep health in research efforts. 


Restless legs syndrome: All you need to know about this painful insomnia triggering disease
December 26, 2017 

From the article:As noted by [neurologist Guy] Leschziner, restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a 'common neurological disorder that causes an irresistible urge to move, particularly at night, and is often linked with unpleasant sensations in the legs. It affects up to one in 20 adults and can cause severe sleep deprivation.'

Takeaway:  It's nice to see more attention paid to this common sleep disorder in the media. RLS is linked with many other chronic illnesses and conditions such as pregnancy. 


Report suggests that pulmonologists, psychiatrists and neurologists are in short supply
December 22, 2017

From the report: “In a new white paper, 'Physician Supply Considerations: The Emerging Shortage of Medical Specialists,' physician recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins Associates argues that specialists such as pulmonologists, psychiatrists and neurologists are in just as short supply as primary care physicians (PCPs) are, and that the situation is getting worse, reports Medscape.

Takeaway: These results have serious implications for the future of sleep technologists.


Del Rey Sinus & Allergy Institute Among First Clinics In the U.S. to Use Breakthrough, Non-invasive Nasal Device
December 21, 2017 

From the press release: Rhinitis, or inflammation of the nasal membrane, affects around 25 million people, and causes blockage of nasal passages and overproduction of mucus. For patients whose rhinitis causes severe congestion or other conditions, it can lead to disruption of sleep and serious health consequences. Rhinitis may be resistant to medical treatment such as nasal sprays, drops, and pills, which can become ineffective as patients build immunity. In severe cases, patients may require surgery. …The ClariFix device allows the physician to deliver cryotherapy to the back of the patient’s nose using a tiny balloon attached to the end of a wand. Freezing destroys and shrinks the inflamed tissue, providing lasting symptom relief in the patient.”

Takeaway: It remains to be seen whether sleep physicians will make referrals for this new procedure when PAP therapy remains their go-to, but for those with sinus and nasal problems that interfere with sleep, this might be a breakthrough for them.


Never worry about a power outage again
December 19, 2017 

From the report: “Inergy Solar CEO Sean Luangrath says the miniature piece of equipment has a huge storage capacity. …The Kodiak also allows people who use medical devices to again enjoy the mobile lifestyle they have been missing; for example, people who rely on CPAP machines for sleep apnea.

Takeaway: This could be a boon to labs (and patients) who live in areas prone to frequent, lengthy power outages. 


Jazz Pharma seeks US FDA marketing approval for solriamfetol to treat excessive sleepiness associated with narcolepsy/OSA
December 23, 2017

From the article: “Jazz Pharmaceuticals has announced the submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) to the US Food and Drug Administration on December 20, 2017 seeking marketing approval for solriamfetol (JZP-110), an investigational medicine for the treatment of excessive sleepiness in adult patients with narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). 

Takeaway: It's good to see more attention placed on the needs of those with treated OSA who experience residual excessive daytime sleepiness. 


Infographic: 2017 Sleep in Review
December 21, 2017

From the blog: “How’d America sleep in 2017? Sleep stealers, men vs. women, goals, bedtimes, Gen Z to Boomers, even how your favorite shows impacted your sleep.” 

Takeaway:  You might print this out and share it with patients for a change of pace. It could be a good "ice breaker" especially if you are interested in learning more about their nightly bedtime rituals and sleep hygiene practices.


Sleep apnea remains a solvable problem for fleets
December 26, 2017

From the article: “For drivers who are sent for sleep apnea testing, it can be a troubling experience, leading many to not seek help when needed. Beck said that not seeking treatment for OSA actually raises health care costs and will end up costing carriers more in the long run, not just in health costs but potentially lawsuits from a driver that injures another due to OSA-related fatigue.

Takeaway: You can expect to see a continued focus on sleep apnea screening among commercial drivers in 2018.

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.