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By: Tamara Sellman on June 19th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 19, 2017

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

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Note: Next week's WYWS will post on Tuesday, June 27.


"Carrie Fisher’s death shines a light on an underrated health problem"
June 17, 2017

From the article:But a disorder that ultimately contributed to Fisher's death was something she hadn't publicly said much about: sleep apnea."

Takeaway: Now is a great time to approach women with sleep breathing disorders in the lab using quality sleep health education to break down the stubborn barrier we are all familiar with: the one that pushes forward the misnotion that sleep apnea is a "men's disease."


"Video Is Worth 1,000 Sensors"
June 13, 2017 

From the article: Meir Kryger, MD, was unsure what could be causing a child’s oxygen readings to fluctuate during an in-lab sleep study. But when he watched the accompanying video, the Yale School of Medicine professor quickly realized the reason: The patient had been sucking on a pacifier, which caused the nasal cannula to repeatedly move in and out of the child’s nose.

Takeaway: This article makes a great case for ensuring video is especially clear during pediatric studies.


"High-end bedding soared in 2016, report says"
June 13, 2017

From the report:High-end sleep sets gained market share last year with a strong performance by that category, an industry report says.

Takeaway: This is a different way to observe trends in sleep health. When people start paying more for the accoutrements of sleep (mattresses, bedding, pillows, trackers), it's a sign they are beginning to care more about—or at least be more aware of—the third of their day spent asleep.


"Hello's sleep-tracking Kickstarter hit collapses"
June 13, 2017

From the article:A sleep-tracking tech start-up founded by a Briton, which was one of Kickstarter's biggest success stories, has collapsed."

Takeaway: Competition is fierce in this arena. 


"New drug shows promise in patients with narcolepsy, sleep apnea"
June 13, 2017

From the website:Jazz Pharmaceuticals announced that its selective dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, known as JZP-110, showed positive efficacy in adult patients with excessive sleepiness associated with both obstructive sleep apnea and narcolepsy, according to presentations from Sleep 2017, the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

Takeaway: At the recent SLEEP meeting in Boston, a speaker at the Hypersomnia Foundation event called out what I think is often lost in discussions about sleep health: the accurate notion that "sleep" are actually "wakefulness" or "alertness" problems. It's good to see research dedicated to excessive daytime sleepiness regardless of cause, as EDS can be so disabling for so many.


"Avoid drowsy driving after fun in the sun, safety officials say"
June 14, 2017

From the article: “Transportation representatives held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the dangers of sun fatigue, dehydration and other factors of drowsy driving that are rarely talked about.

Takeaway: Much is made of drowsy driving as an outcome of overwork, but this article makes some great points and sleep techs can use these to their advantage during patient education opportunities, especially for those people who don't work who think they are immune to the problem of driver fatigue.


"Council again delays vote on DOT night work request"
June 15, 2017

From the report: "The Ketchikan City Council has again deferred action on a request to allow night work next summer on Ketchikan’s downtown streets, pending further discussions with the Alaska Department of Transportation."

Takeaway: Ultimately, the problem boils down to potential sleep loss among tourists. It's a tough call... summer is the only time to do much of this work in Alaska, and nights are light and long, but it's also a period of economic boom thanks to tourism.  

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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