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By: Tamara Sellman on July 24th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 24, 2017

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

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CULTURE WATCH

"Vets Are Using Transcendental Meditation to Treat PTSD—With the Pentagon’s Support"
MOTHER JONES
July 22, 2017

From the article: "[Mary-Ann Rich is] one of thousands of veterans who have turned to TM to treat their PTSD—with blessing of the Pentagon and the Veterans Administration, which are struggling to treat the epidemic levels of PTSD and suicide among Iraq and Afghanistan vets. (Twenty percent of recent combat vets have PTSD or depression, and approximately 20 veterans commit suicide every day.) The effort has been spearheaded by the David Lynch Foundation, a nonprofit founded by the Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks director to promote TM worldwide. Aided by $30 million in grants from the Pentagon and the National Institutes of Health, Lynch’s foundation has worked with VA centers, Army and Marine bases, and veterans’ organizations to bring TM to vets and active-duty soldiers."

Takeaway:  For those of you working with a lot of veterans and/or PTSD patients, this might be a direction your patients might wish to take.

INDUSTRY WATCH

"Failures in stethoscope hygiene can lead to patient infections"
ELSEVIER
July 18, 2017 

From the article: "Infection control guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that re-usable medical equipment, such as stethoscopes, must undergo disinfection between patients."

Takeaway: It seems like this should be obvious, but it bears repeating because it sounds like it's a probably across the entire spectrum of healthcare professions.

TREND WATCH

"Verify: Is napping at work actually good for us?"
KHOU.com
July 22, 2017

From the blog post: “Everyone loves a good nap, right? And guess what?  Some tech companies, like Apple, Google, Facebook and Uber are getting attention for actually encouraging their employees to nap on-the-job. Those workers must love that. But, here's what I really want to know is the trend of napping-at-work actually good for us?”

Takeaway: So much has been made of napping at work that it's a fair question to ask. Many corporations which have installed daytime napping options have been doing it for long enough to know if the results prove out.

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

"Nintendo Is Still Dreaming of a Sleep-Focused 'Quality of Life' Device"
MOTHERBOARD
July 17, 2017

From the article: "It may seem like a strange project for a for a gaming company, but the motion technology involved in the sleep QOL device likely springs from the same tech used for the motion-focused Wii and Switch devices. "

Takeaway: It makes sense to give personal sleep technology a playful counterpoint to the more tyrannical (and often not very accurate) sleep tracking devices that have many people feeling more stressed about sleep instead of the other way around.

PHARMA WATCH

"Quitting smoking will reverse symptoms of chronic sinus disorder: Study"
BEL MARRA HEALTH
July 17, 2017

From the website:Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a complication of smoking and can lead to facial pain, poor sleep, and trouble breathing due to the blockage of the nasal and sinus passages.

Takeaway: It's always a good idea to remember a patient's smoking status when they complain of these problems but who may not have sleep apnea but problematic upper airway resistance, all the same.

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

"New discovery: finding your purpose in life improves both your sleep and your salary"
LADDERS
July 19, 2017

From the article: "If you’re having trouble getting out of bed in the morning, it’s evidence that you need something to live for. … A new Northwestern University study found that one simple thing can improve the quality of your sleep: having a purpose in life."

Takeaway: The study may elicit a "no duh" from some people, but the fact is, it's hard to live the life you want, and if you aren't, it's going to have an impact on your sleep.

LEGISLATION WATCH

"Sleep no antidote to DUI: Police"
RECORDER.ca
JULY 17, 2017

From the article: “The OPP would like to remind the public that an evening of excessive drinking can leave you impaired for the following morning drive,” the OPP added in a statement. Alcohol doesn't dissipate fast and there is no way to speed it out of your system; through sleep, food or by drinking coffee.”

Takeaway: Sleeping it off doesn't necessarily mean you're good for driving; it's all about the blood alcohol level. 


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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