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By: Tamara Sellman on June 12th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 12, 2017

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

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"Is ADHD actually a sleep disorder?"
June 2, 2017

From the website: “Could ADHD [be] a type of sleep disorder? After all, the brain pathways involved in paying attention have also been linked to sleep. And there’s some evidence of similarly disrupted patterns of chemical signaling in the brains of people with sleep disorders and ADHD. …This idea inspired Eric Konofal at Robert-Debré Hospital in Paris to try using a drug for narcolepsy and excessive daytime sleepiness to treat ADHD."

Takeaway: Seems like novel thinking, but statistics suggest that many children with ADHD may actually have a sleep disorder that mimics the symptoms of ADHD, making it a worthwhile concept to pursue.


"Sleep Technologist Scope of Practice"
June 5, 2017 

From the website: To become a sleep technologist, an individual must complete certain educational and training requirements. While completing these requirements, students, trainees, and technicians may perform certain sleep procedures while under proper supervision.

Takeaway: In case you missed it, the AAST recently added new clarity to the scope of practice for sleep technologists at the website, as well as a more comprehensive definition of the Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) credential and scope of practice.


"Want a Jumpstart? Get 30 Minutes More Sleep, Says New Study"
June 6, 2017

From the article:If you have found yourself dragging during the day, the solution probably seems simple—just get more rest. Of course, we all have busy schedules, and changing up a routine can sometimes feel like more trouble than it's worth. But according to a new study, you need less than one additional hour of sleep per night to jumpstart your overall functionality at work.

Takeaway: Five years ago, one would not have expected to find workplace support for employers who want more sleep. After all, the paradigm that savvy movers and shakers don't have time to sleep is deeply entrenched in American business culture. But Big Business has figured out that employee sleep deprivation costs them lost productivity and reduced job performance. Now they are using scientific research to help promote sleep as a job boosting practice! Score one for sleep medicine!


"Study: Somnarus’ disposable patch detects sleep apnea"
June 5, 2017

From the website: “Sleep diagnostics player Somnarus presented data this weekend showing that its disposable adhesive patch effectively detected obstructive sleep apnea of all severity levels. The patch could be an alternative to portable sleep monitors currently used to diagnose the disorder. …The SomnaPatch device is placed on the forehead and has a piece that fits over the nose. It weighs less than 1 ounce and records nasal pressure, blood oxygen saturation, pulse rate, respiratory effort, body position and how long a patient is asleep."

Takeaway: More competition in the sleep disorders diagnostics field that we should be aware of.


"Police say Tiger Woods was confused, unresponsive and drowsy"
May 30, 2017

From the article: “Woods, in a statement released Monday night, blamed the incident on “an unexpected reaction to prescription medications. …An officer listed the medications Woods said he was taking as 'soloxex,' 'vicodin,' 'torix' and 'viox.' He added that he had not taken the last of these this year. Torix and Vioxx are anti-inflammatory medications; Vicodin a painkiller.

Takeaway: Basically Woods was drowsy driving, which does not require that one actually be asleep at the wheel. If you're a sleep activist following drowsy driving legislation, you will want to mine this high-profile opportunity to educate the general public on the link between prescription medication use and drowsy driving. If you listen to Woods' attorney's take on the matter, you'll discover a distinctly uneducated view on the topic.


"The Sleeping Beauty Diet: Abusing sedatives to get skinny"
June 9, 2017

From the article: “The idea is that instead of eating delicious food, you can knock yourself out with benzodiazepines like diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax), and sleep through mealtimes instead.

Takeaway: I suppose this was bound to happen. The advice about getting more sleep as a weight-loss tactic is clearly misunderstood by some who are desperate for weight loss. Those who interpret this advice so literally do not comprehend how the circadian system works or that its disruptions can significantly alter metabolism in a way that is detrimental to health. At the lab, it may be something we need to keep an eye out for. 


"MoDOT initiative focuses on Monett"
June 2, 2017

From the article: "A program on changing public perceptions about vehicular crashes was presented to city and business leaders in Monett during a special program at the Monett City Park Casino last week. …Bill Whitfield, highway safety director with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), described the hOUR Project, a public awareness initiative aimed at reducing traffic fatalities. Whitfield said the program hopes to reach more of MoDOT’s non-conventional partners, such as businesses and other community leaders."

Takeaway: Community leaders can include local hospitals, sleep clinics, and outspoken sleep technologists. 

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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