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By: Tamara Sellman on July 3rd, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 3, 2017

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

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"5 Easy Ways Diabetics Can Get Better Sleep"
June 28, 2017

From the article: Poor sleep (and little of it) can significantly increase the incidence of type 2 diabetes. If you already have diabetes, it can make things a whole lot more difficult."

Takeaway:  Some good ideas to keep in your back pocket if you have diabetic patients who are struggling with sleep issues (most are).


"The 3 Ps of Obstructive Sleep Apnea"
June 28, 2017 

From the article: "In sleep medicine, we talk about the 3 Ps of insomnia: predisposing, precipitating, and perpetuating factors. (1) factors for insomnia include biological, psychological, and social factors. Precipitating factors include medical or psychiatric illness or a stressful life event. Perpetuating factors include excessive time in bed, napping, or conditioning."

Takeaway: This was probably part of your basic education in PSG school or as part of your studies for the clinical sleep educator certificate (CCSH), but it's a useful mnemonic to consider not only for cases of insomnia, but in applications for sleep apnea, as Dr. Park suggests here.


"Column: Advice for couples sleeping in separate bedrooms"
June 28, 2017

From the report: “I was expecting to hear the word "divorce" in the next 60 seconds. … But then my friend talked me off the ledge, telling me the problem with the sleeping arrangements in her home have nothing to do with the marriage and everything to do with 'intense snoring.' ”

Takeaway: It might not be a bad idea to ask a married person who has come in for the lab if their bed partner no longer sleeps with them in the same bed (if you aren't already doing this) as part of your intake assessment.  


"Neuroon Open is the gadget sleep hackers have dreamed about"
June 27, 2017

From the article: "Inteliclinic have made a gamble that their product will appeal to two distinct types of consumer. The first is the average sleep-obsessed technology lover who essentially wants a device that’s plug-and-play. … The second target market caters for sleep-hackers, scientists and open source gurus who can develop their own integrations and solutions."

Takeaway: Consumer-targeted wearable sleep technology continues to develop and improve. Here's one product to watch.


"Understanding and Addressing Sleep Disruptions in Alcohol Use Disorders"
June 30, 2017

From the website:Dual diagnosis is a term commonly employed in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. What is less recognizable is the concept of disturbed sleep as a co-occurring disorder in need of management. 

Takeaway: If you've recent had a physical, you may have noticed new questions on the patient intake form related to specifics about alcohol use. This is to help doctors more accurately identify alcohol abuse among patients. As techs, we know how alcohol can contribute to poor sleep architecture, but patients don't… nor are they aware of guidelines for what constitutes heavy alcohol consumption.


"Are sleep apnea and narcolepsy related? "
June 26, 2017

From the article: 'Interestingly, the study reveals, 'sleep apnea occurs frequently in narcolepsy and may delay the diagnosis of narcolepsy by several years and interfere with its proper management.' Furthermore, 'Treatment with CPAP does not usually improve excessive daytime sleepiness in narcoleptics with sleep apnea.' "

Takeaway: Patients (and, sometimes, healthcare workers) can tend to think in terms of either/or, such as "it's either this problem or that problem." The thing is, sometimes the problems is not either/or, it's both.


"DUI/ Impaired Driving Law Changes in the 2017 Regular Session"
June 28, 2017

From the report: "[T]he legislature was busy again making extensive changes to Washington [state] DUI statutes in the 2017 Session. Most, if not all changes, become effective July 23, 2017. The bulk of impairing driving related statutes were changed with House Bill (HB) 1614, an omnibus bill introduced by Representative Roger Goodman, Chair of the House Public Safety Committee. … Another proposal was [that] companion SB 5648 would have expanded Vehicular Homicide to include drowsy or sleepy drivers. These changes did not pass."

Takeaway: This is frustrating as a Washington state resident myself, knowing that a major drowsy driving case in the state let a driver off after killing two teens just a year ago. What drowsy driving efforts are taking place in your neck of the woods?

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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