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By: Tamara Sellman on February 6th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 6, 2017 

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

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"Have a mean patient? Don’t take it personally.
February 3, 2017

From the website: “'You’re going to encounter patients with sharp edges — some sharper than others,' I tell them. 'You’re going to bump into those edges, and you might get your feelings get hurt. But if you take it personally and allow it to be about you, you’re missing something crucial. Those sharp edges weren’t always sharp: They came from somewhere — often out of very painful experiences and significant life challenges.'

Takeaway: People are on edge, anxious, and suffering from pain and loss, especially during these trying times. It's always a good reminder to practice compassion, especially for people who aren't sleeping well, because we know first hand they will be grouchy!


Chronic Rhinosinusitis Impairs Sleep Quality: Results of the GA2LEN Study” 
December 29, 2016

From the website:Sleep problems are highly prevalent among subjects with CRS. The disease severity of CRS negatively affects sleep quality.

Takeaway: This study opens up a lot of discussion about the problems of nasal obstruction that may be overlooked in the lab; many people who suffer from upper airway resistance do not have sleep apnea, or if they do, it's mild. How to identify and treat these patients deserves further inquiry, as PAP therapy may not always be the best route.


Crowdfund this: Wearable Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns to keep an eye on” 
February 1, 2017

From the website: “If you're looking for the most interesting wearable tech and smart home projects looking for funding on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or other crowdfunding platforms, you've come to the right place. ... Every week we pick out the most promising ideas hoping to get public funding to make their idea a reality.”

Takeaway: Want to stay on top of new consumer sleep technology such as trackers and apps? You may want to follow this website.


How to (really) use a sleep tracker” 
April 6, 2016

From the website: “Technically, you don't need a PhD to tell you how to work these, but we found one anyway.”

Takeaway: This is a good starting place for understanding how some of these new devices and gadgets work. Patients will be asking, so at least you can refer to these ideas in response to their questions. 


The Scary Way Antidepressants Could Affect Your Sleep” 
February 2, 2017

From the website:In addition to dream-related changes, antidepressants can affect your sleep in all sorts of ways, both good and bad.

Takeaway: Pretty good information from a mainstream lifestyle magazine. 


Trends in health care news releases that lead to public confusion” 
November 16, 2016

From the website:Just one week’s worth of these reviews highlighted four distinct problems in news releases that often get repeated in subsequent news coverage.

Takeaway: Some useful insights into how news coverage for healthcare issues can, even unintentionally, lead to poor health literacy among patients when news releases are not scrutinized for release into the world.


Without the ACA, Will Access to Sleep Medicine Be Impaired for Some Patients?” 
January 28, 2017

From the website: “Having health insurance isn’t the only reason some groups sleep better at night than others, but experts say it plays a role.”

Takeaway: No matter how you feel about the ACA and any coming changes that may take place, it's critical that we understand how much these decisions have and will impact the lives of our patients, who may be feeling fearful and disempowered. 

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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