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By: Tamara Sellman on November 7th, 2016

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: November 7, 2016

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ASV Use: The Providers’ Role
November 1, 2016

From the article:ASV Use: The Providers’ Role, a free educational webinar hosted by Sleep Review, is now available for on-demand viewing.”

Takeaway: Here's some great ASV training information (that's free!) for those sleep techs who have limited experience or exposure to this specialized technology. 


“ResMed and Philips Respironics use new tools to boost sleep apnea mask adherence"
October 28, 2016

From the article: “Sleep apnea is also very costly for employers and health systems. Billions of dollars could be saved if more people were diagnosed, treated and adhered to their therapy programs, according to Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, a health economist and advisor at THINK-Health, a Philadelphia-area strategic health consultancy.”

Takeaway: This is a good consumer-targeted article on compliance concerns and how manufacturers are striving to improve those numbers.


Decrease of respiratory events in patients with obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome using a mandibular advancement device assessed with split night polysomnography
October 28, 2016

From the article:The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of MAD in patients with OSAHS, using split night polysomnography (SNP).

Takeaway: Oral appliances may be coming to a split night test near you... stay tuned. Better yet, learn the ropes of titrating with oral appliances so you'll be the go-to tech when these opportunities arise. 


3 Emerging Trends Impacting the Global Positive Airway Pressure Devices Market
November 1, 2016

From the article:Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.

Takeaway: I won't spoil it for you, but overall, the trends lean toward more empowered patients, which is usually a good thing, as long as we learn how to partner with them on terms they accept.


JADA looks at how alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, drug abuse relate to sleep bruxism
October 28, 2016

From the article: “ 'If a patient shows signs and symptoms of sleep bruxism, a more detailed exploration of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine should ensue,' said corresponding research author Dr. André Luís Porporatti, an adjunct professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina Department of Dentistry in Brazil.”

Takeaway: Some interesting correlations we can take notice of in those patients who brux all night. What does their questionnaire say about their daily use of alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine? Does it correspond? We know our patients aren't always honest with us; we can usually see evidence of their undisclosed habits in their EEGs. Now, it looks like the chin EMG may be equally revelatory.


The Transition From Daylight Saving Time To Standard Time Leads To Depressions
October 27, 2016

From the article: “[T]he number of depression diagnoses during the month after the transition from daylight saving time is approximately eight per cent higher than expected based on the development in the number of diagnoses up to the transition.”

Takeaway: Any discussion you can have with patients about circadian rhythm disruptions and the link between them, sleep deprivation, and mood disorders or depression is worth having. Most people still don't think there's any relationship between these time changes and public health concerns (such as depression or drowsy driving), but more studies, digging deeper into the question, continue to show otherwise.


Summaries of Current Drowsy Driving Laws
November 4, 2016

From the article: New research on the need for adequate sleep in maintaining good health, coupled with the negative impacts of sleep deprivation are coming to the attention of policymakers, and legislation is beginning to be crafted regarding the role of drowsy driving in traffic accidents."

Takeaway: Though this listing was most recently updated in September of last year, it shows a quiet movement by lawmakers to penalize sleep driving. You might want to look up your state to see what they're up to. It's relevance can't be understated during Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (from November 6 to 13). Maybe it's time we weren't so quiet about this growing public safety problem.

Currently, local laws tend to stash drowsy driving-related charges under "impaired driving" or "reckless endangerment" or "distracted driving." However, often, the penalties for these charges are not seen as equitable by victims and their families, especially when deaths and life-altering injuries are the tragic (and needless) outcome.


BIO:  Tamara Kaye Sellman RPSGT, CCSH curates the weekly sleep news 
clearinghouse, SleepyHeadCENTRAL, where she follows sleep health
headlines daily. She is also
Chief Content Officer for inboundMed and
contributes to
AAST’s magazine, A2Zzz, and other places.