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By: Tamara Sellman on January 30th, 2018

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 30, 2018

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

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Study: 73% of high school students not getting enough sleep
January 25, 2018

From the study:Researchers found 73% of high school students across 30 states are not getting enough sleep, up from 69% in 2009. Rates of short sleep ranged from 62% in South Dakota to 83% in West Virginia and were highest for females, Asian and black students.

Takeaway:  If our young adults are not getting enough sleep now, they're destined for a lifetime of health and injury problems. If the high schools in your district aren't advocates for better sleep health for their students, your clinic could reach out to them with these statistics and even present them with information about healthy hours (especially in collaboration with a local Start School Later chapter).


Sleep Apnea in Patients Hospitalized With Acute Ischemic Stroke: Underrecognition and Associated Clinical Outcomes
January 22, 2018 

From the study:Our study results show clinical underrecognition of sleep apnea among patients hospitalized with AIS relative to the previously reported prevalence of OSA in this subpopulation. Also, only a small number of patients with AIS and OSA have received PAP treatment in the hospital, which is numerically similar to the overall low rate of adherence with PAP therapy before the hospitalization. The study also suggests that patients with AIS and history of sleep apnea had less severe unadjusted neurological injury and reduced unadjusted hospital mortality compared to patients who were not clinically suspected to have sleep apnea.

Takeaway:  Who among us is surprised by this? If you work in a clinic inside a hospital, this might be a great gateway for introducing a Sleep Navigator program


TEDxABQ Video: Why Do You Wake Up at Night?
January 26, 2018

From the article: “Barry Krakow, MD, of Maimonides Sleep Arts & Sciences was recently given the opportunity to speak at TEDxABQ on Sept 17, 2017. He recorded his presentation on the link between insomnia and sleep-breathing, and his talk was aired at the main event.

Takeaway: If you don't know who Barry Krakow is, here's a great introduction.


Disc Pump from TTP Ventus could help millions with obstructive sleep apnea
January 27, 2018

From the article: “While effective, CPAP requires users to wear a face mask connected by a hose to a large bedside pump unit. This is often uncomfortable, disruptive and can restrict users’ movement during sleep. …By contrast, TTP Ventus’ Disc Pump technology is silent, vibration-free, compact and efficient. It proved the ideal solution for California-based sleep technology firm Sommetrics Inc, which has employed Disc Pump into its aerSleep negative-pressure system.”

Takeaway: What do you think? Might this be the latest, greatest sleep apnea mousetrap yet? 


WSU to Test S+ Sleep Technology in Chronic Insomnia
January 26, 2018

From the article: “Known as the S+ by ResMed, the technology is a noncontact sleep sensor designed to sit on a sleeper’s night stand, where it measures timing, quantity, and quality of sleep. An integrated function called S+ Mentor uses an app on a connected smartphone or tablet to provide users with sleep scores and charts, along with individualized suggestions on how sleep may be improved. Previous studies have validated its use for tracking sleep in healthy sleepers and people with obstructive sleep apnea, but scientists have not yet tested the technology in individuals with insomnia.

Takeaway: Here's a sleep disorder that might benefit from the new technology, especially considering there's not enough trained CBT-i therapists available to handle the extremely large population of insomnia sufferers.


Sleep problems can be treated with urinary incontinence drug: Study
January 25, 2018

From the abstract: “The study proves that fesoterodine can reduce not only urgency incontinence, but also night time wakefulness. Therefore, this drug can be used as a treatment to improve sleep quality in aging women. As a result, doctors can prescribe drugs such as fesoterodine as a treatment for more than one problem at a time.

Takeaway: It's nice to see medications with multiple applications that actually help improve sleep.  


Just ONE HOUR of social media a day is enough to ruin your sleeping pattern, study warns
January 24, 2018

Dr Jean-Philippe Chaput of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute:  We observed that social media use was associated with greater odds of short sleep duration in a dose-response manner. …Importantly, significant associations were found when social media use exceeded one hour per day, suggesting that even this level of social media may be negatively associated with sleep duration.” 

Takeaway:  The headline does not call out impact of social media use on adult sleep, but the message is clear, regardless: fewer minutes on-screen translates into more minutes of better sleep.


CMS to lead an interagency review of the Stark Law
January 26, 2018

From the article: “The federal Stark Law prohibits qualified physicians from providing therapeutic medical devices directly to Medicare patients who require treatment for conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The AASM considers the Stark Law to be an unnecessary regulation and an example of burdensome government overreach. Therefore, the AASM continues to advocate for a Stark Law exception that will allow board-certified sleep medicine physicians to provide long-term care for Medicare patients with OSA.

Takeaway: The Stark Law has an impact on sleep techs working for both clinics and DMEs. It will be interesting to see if this advocacy for exemption will happen given the current climate in Washington DC.


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.