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By: Tamara Sellman on May 15th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 15, 2017

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CULTURE WATCH

"NCAA convenes sleep and wellness summit: Sport Science Institute gathers task force to recommend methods for improving sleep"
NCAA
May 10, 2017

From the website:[T]he NCAA Sport Science Institute is working to ensure student-athletes also are paying attention to a facet of their lives they may overlook for the sake of busy schedules: sleep."

Takeaway: Perhaps this is influenced by the Start School Later campaign? It's hard to say, but since professional athletes are building sleep regimens and hygiene into their training, it makes sense that college sports teams also think about sleep as part of their performance improvement strategy.

INDUSTRY WATCH

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"Video: Med Students Use Sleep Pods To Research Sleep Deprivation" (video)
Y100
April 19, 2017 
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Takeaway: One of the perks of going to medical school? Or are they just surreptitiously catching up on lost sleep themselves? Inquiring minds want to know.

TREND WATCH

"Rythm Accelerates Sleep Research and Neurotechnology Efforts With a Prestigious Scientific Advisory Board and Advances in the AI XPRIZE Competition"
PR NEWSWIRE
May 11, 2017

From the press release: “These luminaries will provide invaluable guidance and support to Rythm as the company achieves its ambitious mission of understanding and improving sleep, understanding the human brain through non-invasive technology, and bringing a revolutionary consumer sleep solution to market.

Takeaway: Big Data, and the devices collecting it, are fast becoming a bigger player in the sleep health and personal technology business.

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

"Google's latest patent filing hints at a sleep sensor that tracks your movement "
DIGITAL TRENDS
May 14, 2017

From the website:Google, Apple, and other major tech companies have started putting a heavy emphasis on health, which is supported by the new wearable trend as well. But what about when you’re not wearing a wearable? Google is looking into ways to still ensure you can manage and track your well-being.

Takeaway: This technology appears to be aimed at personal sleep trackers, but it might also be a new way to track some aspects of polysomnography, if developed for that purpose. 

PHARMA WATCH

"Is Belsomra a Good Choice for Treating Insomnia in Older Patients?"
SLEEP REVIEW
May 12, 2017

From the article:According to a literature review presented at the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry conference in March, the drug may be a good tool for treating insomnia in older patients. ... [The] data found the drug effective and safe in such patients, with no increased risk of falling or respiratory suppression reported, although some found themselves too sleepy to drive.

Takeaway: As more doctors begin to prescribe Belsomra for insomnia, it's important that techs note the safe driving concern for patients using this medication who have come in for a sleep study.

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

"Computer-generated doctor explains test results to patients"
ILLINOIS NEWS BUREAU
May 8, 2017

From the article:Educational psychologist Daniel Morrow is leading a project aimed at helping people with low health literacy better understand their health data.

Takeaway: Many patients, when given their full sleep studies results in a report, have no way to understand what most of that information is without assistance from a healthcare professional. What do you think... should this report interpretation come from a digital source or a human one?

LEGISLATION WATCH

"Uber doesn’t want Massachusetts to limit driver hours"
BOSTON GLOBE
May 12, 2017

From the article: "Uber, which has earned a reputation of fighting regulators at nearly every turn, is contesting a proposed rule in Massachusetts that would cap the number of hours its drivers can work in a day or week, despite complying with similar standards elsewhere.

Takeaway: After recently using Uber to get to the airport and noticing my driver's obvious sleep deprivation, I don't see why hired drivers of all varieties shouldn't follow specific safety guidelines to ensure they are safe on the roads. Does it matter what kind of cargo they are carrying? Maybe it's milk, maybe it's furniture, maybe it's human beings... but the roads are still something we all share and drowsy driving is still something that doesn't discriminate.


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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