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By: Tamara Sellman on November 21st, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: November 21, 2017

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CULTURE WATCH

Thanksgiving Survival Tips for Snorers
SLEEP DALLAS
November 15, 2017 

From the blog:Excitement is sure to build as the menu planning and guest confirmations progress, but there are also the more sinister behind-the-scenes discussions underway. You know, the high-stakes negotiations that’ll determine who gets to sleep in the room next to the uncle Ted, the notorious relative known for making the walls shake while he sleeps. The one who refuses to wear his CPAP because “he doesn’t want to scare the little ones.”

Takeaway:  A little discussed, but important, topic for families of snorers and PAP users. 

INDUSTRY WATCH

Wake Up Narcolepsy Awards $35,000 Grant To Dr. Scammell At Harvard For Further Research Into Narcolepsy
WAKE UP NARCOLEPSY!
November 14, 2017 

From the article: “The amygdala is a complicated brain region, and Dr. Scammell’s research group will use this generous support from Wake Up Narcolepsy to define just which amygdala neurons mediate cataplexy. They anticipate that this will enable development of drugs that target just this brain circuit without causing side effects. This funding will also help generate crucial pilot data that can leveraged to obtain larger research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. 

Takeaway: It's always good news when research funding happens in sleep research!

TREND WATCH

New StayWell Sleep Study Examines the Effect of Sleep on the Modern Workplace
STAYWELL 
November 14, 2017

From the press release: “StayWell, a health solutions company, today announced a comprehensive study on the association between sleep, absenteeism and on-the-job productivity loss. With health risk assessment data from nearly 600,000 employees representing over a dozen industries across 66 companies, it is the largest study of its kind. Published in the American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP), the study is available via SAGE Publications.

Takeaway: Useful information for sleep techs who have patients who use work as an excuse to lose sleep. 

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

What piece of clothing did Ford put a detection system into to curb drowsy driving?
GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY
November 14, 2017

From the article: On the outside, the Safe Cap by Ford looks like your average trucker cap. On the inside, however, is an army of sensors keeping tabs on the head position of the wearer. Ford used a gyroscope and an accelerometer to program the hat to use those sensors to detect cues of drowsy driving.” 

Takeaway: Could be useful for anyone who tends to nod off at inappropriate times, not just truckers.

PHARMA WATCH

The truth about alcohol and sleep
THE SLEEP DOCTOR
November 15, 2017

From the blog: Alcohol is the most common sleep aid—at least 20 percent of American adults rely on it for help falling asleep. But the truth is, drinking regularly—even moderate drinking—is much more likely to interfere with your sleep than to assist it. …Does this mean you need to abstain from drinking altogether? Nope. But part of a smart, sleep-friendly lifestyle is managing alcohol consumption so it doesn’t disrupt your sleep and circadian rhythms.

Takeaway: Solid and relevant information as the holiday season advances. 

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

Dirty and broken CPAP and BiPAP equipment can endanger your health
ALASKA SLEEP EDUCATION CENTER
November 14, 2017

From the blog: “Taking good care of your equipment is paramount to the success of your therapy. A dirty or broken machine translates into compromised therapy. That means you are back to not getting a good night's sleep because your equipment isn’t working right. Or you are breathing in dirty or even moldy air.

Takeaway: This might be a great article to print and attach to a patient's paperwork if they bring in their PAP equipment and it's obvious they aren't maintaining and cleaning it properly. 

LEGAL WATCH

Federal Investigators Say Fatigue, Poor Safety Cause of Deadly California Bus Crash
INSURANCE WATCH
November 15, 2017

From the article: “The National Transportation Safety Board said this week that the driver of a bus operated by Fresno-based Autobuses Coordinados USA Inc. had only slept about five hours over the 40 hours preceding the Aug. 2, 2016 crash.

Takeaway: Drowsy driving isn't only a problem for truck drivers. 


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.