This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 12, 2018
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.
1 in 4 Americans Develop Insomnia Each Year
From the press release:
PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
June 5, 2018
Takeaway: It's a good news, bad news situation. Good because more than 80 million of more than 326 million Americans are able to survive insomnia each year, but bad because 20 million of Americans suffering from insomnia still do not recover. That's right: 20 MILLION. This is an area where sleep technologists with advanced credentials should be seeking training. This is an opportunity to extend physician reach, providing CBTi and followup for these patients, who experience delays in treatment and care due to well-established provider shortages.
Researchers Investigate Link Between Sleep Apnea Treatment and Diabetes Management
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
June 7, 2018
From the research study: “Robert Stansbury, assistant professor in the WVU School of Medicine, is working as part of a multi-center project sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to assess what impact treating obstructive sleep apnea has on diabetes self-management.”
Takeaway: It makes one wonder: how many endocrinologists are working with sleep specialists? How many people with diabetes have even discussed their sleep problems with their doctors? How many doctors with diabetic patients are even thinking about sleep health in this context?
What to Look for in a Pediatric Sleep Center
ALASKA SLEEP EDUCATION CENTER
May 30, 2018
Come for a teeth cleaning, leave with a sleep apnea take home test
June 5, 2018
From the article: “In the past two years, Robinson’s practice has screened 500 patients for sleep apnea, he said. Of those patients, 40 percent are referred to a sleep physician or an ENT.”Takeaway: Is dental sleep medicine a source of patient referrals for your lab? If not, maybe it should be.
From the article: “Oventus’ founder and clinical director, Chris Hart, M.Phil, BSc, BDSc, says in a release. 'Previous results from Oventus-led clinical trials have shown that the existing O2Vent device successfully treats at least 53% of patients. If we combine our trial results, we can see that across our whole Oventus Sleep Treatment Platform of O2Vent devices and add on accessories, 78% of patients across the full spectrum from mild to severe OSA, may able to be treated using our devices without the need for CPAP. Since we know that there are such problems with patients adhering to CPAP, we’ve been driven to offer an alternative, and these results point to the fact that our technology really can be game-changing for the treatment of sleep apnea. We plan to build upon these results with further clinical studies.'”
Takeaway: Seems promising, though the patient population amounted to only 13 subjects in this study.
Positive New Data on Investigational Lemborexant Compared to Zolpidem ER Presented at SLEEP 2018
June 6, 2018
From the article: “'Postural instability is thought to be the single best predictor of falls. Significant unmet need exists for a treatment that can help people awaken in the night or the next morning without this type of impairment,'says Lynn Kramer, MD, chief clinical officer and chief medical officer, neurology business group, Eisai, in a release. 'If approved, lemborexant, our investigational sleep/wake regulation agent, may have the potential to reduce the risk of postural instability.'”
Takeaway: If you have patients (or elderly loved ones) who are taking Ambien but are also high risk candidates for falls in the middle of the night, this is encouraging research from a safety standpoint.
DREAM SCIENCE WATCH
From the article: “Stimulating dreams involves the use of various substances and procedures to intensify the dreaming process. The goal is to push beyond the natural bounds of dream experience and, if possible, to elicit dreams with special qualities (e.g., pleasure, lucidity, self-discovery).”Takeaway: It's hard not to imagine this as the stuff of science fiction.
How Drivers and Autonomous Trucks Could Work Together to Move Freight
June 8, 2018
From the article: “Any regulatory changes presumably would reflect the level of automation. A system where the driver still needs to monitor the vehicle’s progress, for example, would likely be treated differently from a system where the driver can climb into the sleeper berth.”
Takeaway: We're still a long way off from highways filled with driverless trucks, but that doesn't mean problem solvers are asleep at the wheel on this common drowsy driving concern. (Bad pun intended.)
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 email@example.com.