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By: Tamara Sellman on May 15th, 2018

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 15, 2018

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ADVOCATE WATCH

Black Yale Student Says White Student Who Called Police on Her Should Be 'Held Accountable'
TIME
May 14, 2018

From the article: “Lolade Siyonbola, the Yale University graduate student whose classmate called the police on her last week for napping in the common area of their dorm, said Monday that she wants to see consequences for people who call 911 with a racially motivated bias.”

Takeaway: The right to sleep isn't limited only to homeless people. Research shows people of color struggle to get adequate sleep due to stresses that are directly related to racial bias. As sleep techs and educators, we can serve as compassionate advocates for the Constitutionally protected right to sleep. 

CULTURE WATCH

Ramadan: How to exercise, eat and sleep well while fasting
BBC
May 14, 2018 

From the article: “The Islamic month of Ramadan starts this week - with Muslims around the world abstaining from food or drink between sunrise and sunset for 30 days.

Takeaway: Here's a great overall snapshot of the concerns Muslims face during this sacred period. If you have Muslim patients and there are issues with sleep, this article may be particularly beneficial to you.

INDUSTRY WATCH

Bernoulli and Virtua Health Win BI&T’s Best Research Paper of 2017 for Sleep Apnea Surveillance Paper
SLEEP REVIEW
May 13, 2018

From the article: “Bernoulli is honored that the editorial board from Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology (BI&T), the peer-reviewed journal for Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), has awarded a writing team from Bernoulli and Virtua Health with Best Research Paper of 2017 for their publication: 'Continuous Surveillance of Sleep Apnea Patients in a Medical-Surgical Unit.' The research paper was published in the May/June 2017 issue of BI&T. According to the BI&T editorial board, 'This paper is an important contribution to the literature on safe and effective methods for detecting opioid-induced respiratory depression.'”

Takeaway: If you encounter lots of opioid problems among patients in your lab, this will be an interesting and relevant read for you. 

TREND WATCH

These Lights Are Like a Mood Ring for Your Room
THE NEW YORK TIMES
May 8, 2018

From the website: “Honeybrains is an early adopter of a technology that is becoming the next frontier in LEDs: circadian lighting. Just a few years ago, manufacturers of LEDs were struggling to replicate the static warm glow of incandescent bulbs; now most are experimenting with products that offer a range of color temperatures, mimicking the brilliant midday sun, the gentle lapping of candlelight and all the shades and intensities in between. The benefits, lighting companies say, include interiors with happier vibes and improved sleep and overall health for the people who spend time in them.”

Takeaway: Thanks to Nobel prizes given to circadian researchers, more attention is being paid to lighting in public, workplace, and private spaces to support sleep-wake health.

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

CleveMed’s Home Sleep Testing Solutions Cross 100,000 Studies Mark
SLEEP REVIEW
May 9, 2018

From the article: “CleveMed’s technologies and services that link primary care physicians with sleep specialists to address the diagnostic needs of their patients just crossed a milestone: Healthcare providers across the United States have used CleveMed’s SleepView technology and fulfillment services in over 100,000 home sleep tests (HSTs) to date.

Takeaway: Efforts like this one can help expedite the process of getting therapy for many patients who need it quickly.

PHARMA WATCH

On Sleeping Pills and Wakefulness Drugs
IOWA PUBLIC RADIO
May 10, 2018

From the broadcast: “White House physician Ronny Jackson’s nomination for Secretary of Veterans Affairs has exposed the widespread use of alertness drugs and sleeping pills among Washington officials and white house staff. During this hour of River to River, guest host Charity Nebbe talks with Dr. Eric Dyken, of the sleep disorders program at the University of Iowa about sleeping pills, wakefulness drugs and other new sleep research. ” 

Takeaway: If you have patients who suffer from this sleep-disrupting problem, you can always let them know this product exists. Even if we can't diagnose or treat patients, we can certainly educate them on their options.  

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

Temperature
THE SLEEP SITE
April 29, 2018

From the website:  “Orie Shafer, principal investigator of the study commented that rather than our body temperature being a steady 98.6 degrees, it fluctuates through the day. 'The circadian system produces a daily rhythm in temperature which is an important cue for when it’s time to go to sleep.'” 

Takeaway: This is interesting as it points to thermoregulation that is built into our circadian systems during sleeping periods as opposed to the external influences that might hold sway over our sleep, such as room temperature or layers or types of bedding.

LEGAL WATCH

Man says sleep disorder caused him to repeatedly sexually assault child
KFDM
May 9, 2018

From the article: “Under direct questioning by [defense attorney, James Makin], [Maion Lee King, Jr.] testified that he believed that his sleep disorder caused him to do things that he wouldn’t normally do.

Takeaway: Hmmm, a sleep disorder, and yet King has never had a sleep study or been diagnosed with a sleep disorder. 


BIO:  Tamara Sellman RPSGT, CCSH curates the sleep health information clearinghouse, SleepyHeadCENTRAL, where she follows sleep health news headlines daily. She is also an independent sleep health journalist, writes MS-related columns for two medical publishers, and contributes as a freelance writer to AAST’s magazine, A2Zzz. She can be reached at sleepyheadcentral@gmail.com.