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By: Tamara Sellman on March 6th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: March 6, 2017

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CULTURE WATCH

"What To Do If You Have Anxiety Before Bed
BUSTLE
March 1, 2017

From the website:Anxiety and sleep are not exactly good bedfellows, to make a bad joke. However, being anxious will likely not just cost you one good night's sleep. The tie between them will escalate to produce higher anxiety and worse sleep over time.

Takeaway: One thing that sleep technologists recognize and (should) know how to assist with is patient anxiety and its impact on sleep. This is an interesting look at the problem from the point of view of non-healthcare workers. It also cleverly uses twitter screen grabs to illustrate their points. Do you agree or disagree with their suggestions?

INDUSTRY WATCH

"Telemedicine Implementation in a Rural Sleep Center"
EVOLVE SLEEP
March 2, 2017 via the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

From the video page:AASM Telemedicine Implementation Task Force member Seema Khosla, MD, discusses her experience using telemedicine in a rural sleep center. She explains how telemedicine provides freedom from travel barriers and enhances patient safety and convenience, and she discusses business considerations and provides advice for rural sleep centers.

Takeaway: Sleep medicine continues to pave a path through the wilderness of 21st century healthcare.

TREND WATCH

"500 Cities Project: Local Data for Better Health--Model-based estimates for sleeping less than 7 hours among adults aged >=18 years – 2014"
THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL
March 2, 2017

From the website:The purpose of the 500 Cities Project is to provide city- and census tract-level small area estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States. These small area estimates will allow cities and local health departments to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related variables in their jurisdictions, and assist them in planning public health interventions.

Takeaway: This cool interactive map just released as part of the CDC's 500 Cities Project shows data regarding insufficient sleep in cities nationwide. How does your city (or anchor city) fare?

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

"Tests begin with magnetic device to treat sleep apnea"
6 ABC
February 23, 2017

From the website: “'A small incision is made and the magnet is placed under the skin and secured to the bone with a couple of stitches," says surgeon Dr. Jolie Chang, of the University of California-San Francisco's Mt. Zion campus.'

Takeaway: This is completely new to me! It's just a small-scale trial but the theory behind how this works is intriguing.

PHARMA WATCH

"The Insomniac Files: Thanks for the memories, Ambien"
METRO
February 22, 2017

From the website:There are other options for those of us who have a hard time switching our brains off and none of them involve a 3 a.m. pajama-clad run.”

Takeaway: Another one for the Ambien Files.

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

"Weirdest insomnia cure ever?"
CALM
March 1, 2017 via Sleep Review

From the website: “The idea that smearing your teeth with the earwax of a dog would cure insomnia is credited to Gerolamo Cardano (1501-1576), a doctor and mathematician in Renaissance Italy, whose other credits included being a founder of probability theory.”

Takeaway: We may think we have heard it all regarding strategies for banishing sleeplessness, but these folk remedies might just take the cake.

LEGISLATION WATCH

"Are you ready for a recording device in your exam room?"
KEVIN MD
February 26, 2017

From the website: "How long will it be until someone’s Spectacles video becomes admissible in court?  A simple tap of someone’s glasses and 30 seconds of a full patient encounter could be taken out of context.  Plus it could posted to multiple social media sites as well.  What about the privacy rights of other patients around someone with these video recording devices?  If someone posts a video to their social media profile from a physician’s office lobby, other patients will likely be in those videos.  How will we protect privacy of the other patients in those situations?"

Takeaway: We obviously have familiarity with the use of audio-video recording for the purposes of running sleep studies, but if patients start bringing in their own equipment, for some private purpose, this might become a problem in more ways than one.


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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