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By: Tamara Sellman on March 13th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: March 13, 2017

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

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"Scientists are experimenting with an entire town's sleep
March 9, 2017

From the website:Meet the first Chrono City

Takeaway: This is an excerpt from the recent released book, Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World. Definitely thought provoking and in keeping with the continued forward press toward a better understanding of chronobiology.


"Weighing PAP Interface Choices for Patients Who Shed Pounds"
March 2, 2017 

From the article:In conjunction with positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, patients may be advised by their healthcare providers to lose weight to help manage their obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, an unexpected consequence of this healthy weight loss can be changes in interface and headgear fit. As a patient’s weight changes, the PAP mask and headgear may require patient and clinician attention.

Takeaway: It's never a bad idea to ask a patient who hasn't been in for a while if they've lost some weight, if they are experiencing CPAP usage issues.


"Mask Satisfaction Guarantee Programs Can Help Patients on CPAP"
March 2, 2017

From the website: “Some DMEs and manufacturers will accept returns or exchanges of gently used interfaces.”

Takeaway: Patients often believe they are stuck with the mask they have, and if this belief takes hold during that critical first two weeks of therapy, the outcome isn't likely to be positive.


"People Are Losing Sleep Over Tracking Their Sleep"
March 10, 2017

From the website:A new paper, published last month in the journal Sleep Medicine, links sleep-tracking apps and devices to more sleep problems, perhaps because of the way they tend to increase sleep-related anxiety.

Takeaway: Who is surprised by this? People with insomnia really don't need any more worry-making projects.


"Study: CPAP for Sleep Apnea Does Not Reduce Pain Intensity, Opioid Dependence"
March 8, 2017

From the website: “ 'The study showed that CPAP adherence in opioid-dependent veterans is considerably lower in comparison to other veterans with OSA who were not on opioids,' said co-author Ali A. El Solh, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, anesthesiology, and social and preventive medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo. 'More importantly, it was surprising to find that CPAP did not alter pain perception or impact of opioid intake.' 

Takeaway: Well, this is a bummer, but it's no reason NOT to use CPAP to treat OSA. In fact, because these people will probably still use opioids, it's even more reason to use PAP to counter the side effects of respiratory depression and over-relaxed airway tissues in people who already have sleep apnea.


"10 Plain Language Lessons from The Walking Dead"
March 10, 2017

From the website: “Look no further than The Walking Dead for some excellent lessons for health communicators.”

Takeaway: Certainly puts a new spin on "meet our patients where they are at."


"History of Daylight Saving Time — DST"
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From the website: "DST normally adds 1 hour to standard time with the purpose of making better use of daylight and conserving energy. This means that the sunrise and sunset are one hour later, on the clock, than the day before."

Takeaway: More than you could ever want to know about one of our least-loved social practices.

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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