This Week in Sleep Medicine: November 15, 2017
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
Your media watchdog for headlines and trends
relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health
November 11, 2017
Takeaway: More and more research is coming out on the links between racism and poor health, and especially how it can impact sleep (which, we know, is a critical link to chronic health problems like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease).
Babe of the Week: Jorge!
November 10, 2017
Takeaway: If you ever get discouraged by the sheer numbers of patients who refuse to give CPAP a solid effort, just read through these testimonials. Sometimes we forget that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and that there are easily just as many people who thrive on CPAP as not. Also, you might find some talking points or tips for convincing new patients to keep trying. Or you might even refer them to this site if they're uncertain about using CPAP.
‘You can sleep when you’re dead’ is actually deadly advice, according to experts
November 11, 2017
From the blog: “Here are three of the key ways [author Matt] Walker says a lack of sleep can hurt your body and brain.”
Takeaway: Finally, people are starting to pay attention to the message about sleep health for good health.
Evaluating a Potential New Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Continuous Negative External Pressure
November 9, 2017
Takeaway: And now for something different! What do you think? Would patients be more successful with compliance using this device (assuming it's effective)?
Sleep Apnea at the Level of the Synapse
November 6, 2017
From the blog: “Learning which neurons regulate arousal could allow scientists to develop drugs to treat obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. …'The long-term goal of this research is to come up with drugs that will affect specific pathways in the brain,' [senior author Clifford B. Saper, MD] said. 'The next step is to see if we can use drugs to prevent the wake-up response while augmenting the opening of the airway. That way, having an apnea won’t wake a person up.' ”
Takeaway: What do you think? Will obstructive sleep apnea become another pharmaceutically treated sleep disorder, given these latest findings?
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Sleeping judge no reason for mistrial, Illinois Court rules
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
November 13, 2017
Takeaway: As someone who just sat on a jury in a criminal case, and who was instructed multiple times to pay attention and take notes because you only get to hear everything once, I find this atrocious. We have a lot of work to do to improve our community-wide sleep health literacy if judges are given carte blanche to snore through trial.
Sleepy Drivers Kill More Than Red Light Runners
November 14, 2017
Takeaway: Here's another way to frame the argument for getting more and better sleep.
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.