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By: Tamara Sellman on October 17th, 2016

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: October 17, 2016

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Research Highlights the Burden of Illness Suffered by Chronic Rhinosinusitis Patients
October 14, 2016

From the article: “Approximately 30% of severe CRS sufferers report problems with sleep and poor mood throughout the year in addition to the core symptoms of the disease (pain/pressure in the face, nasal congestion/obstruction, nasal drainage, and loss of the ability to smell). Symptom flare-ups can periodically complicate the chronic condition and may require medications or a visit to the doctor’s office.”

Takeaway: Blockages in the airways are not always confined to the mouth and throat. Many people with poor sleep do not have sleep apnea, but still encounter resistance issues related to sinus and nasal issues that there are few solutions for. If you have patients who suffer from these kinds of sleep disruptions, you can tell them they are not alone—28 million Americans are said to suffer from chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS).


CCSH Reimbursement Guide
Month day, 2016

From the article: “This Reimbursement Guide is geared towards sleep professionals working as clinical sleep educators, Certification in Clinical Sleep Health credential holders, or those who hope to develop a program in their sleep center but aren’t sure how to bill for these services.”



Youths crowding sleep labs for treatment as late nights, net addiction catches on
Month day, 2016

From the article: “An increasing number of youngsters are now grappling with insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns, so much so that sleep labs have begun to do brisk business.”

Takeaway: Labs may or may or may not operate in the same way in India as they do here, but the growing problems with sleep deprivation among young adults is not unique to that country, but a worldwide problem pointing to Internet- and electronic gadget-related behaviors, FOMO (“fear of missing out”), and poor sleep hygiene on top of delayed sleep phasing.


New Sleep Products for 2016
October 14, 2016

From the article: “A roundup of recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearances and approvals between October 19, 2015 (last year’s article cutoff) and October 14, 2016.”

Takeaway: In case you missed it. Some interesting products here.


Study treating insomnia patients with suvorexant shows success
October 13, 2016

From the article: “A study in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine suggests that suvorexant 20/15 mg improved sleep onset and maintenance over 3 months of nightly treatment and was generally safe and well tolerated.”

Takeaway: This links to a research study, “Suvorexant in Patients with Insomnia: Pooled Analyses of Three-Month Data from Phase-3 Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials,” locked behind the JCSM firewall, so you must be a member to unlock and read. However, the abstract is available and gives all the basics about the latest research on the new insomnia drug, Belsomra.


Doctors Significantly Better Than Google, According To New Research
October 12, 2016

From the article: “ ‘The current symptom checkers, I was not surprised do not outperform doctors,’ said senior author Dr. Ateev Mehrotra of Harvard Medical School in Boston.”

Takeaway: Of course, we already know this (or we should!). But when we encounter patients who are quick to credit WebMD and Dr. Google for self diagnosis—which may run completely opposite what the results of legitimate sleep study data indicate—we need to pull out this Journal of the Medical Association study and the statistics it touts to set them straight. If this is a continuous problem for you, your clinic may even wish to build a patient handout around this information that goes home with the rest of their paperwork.


Required sleep apnea tests for truckers does not violate the ADA - 8th Circuit
October 13, 2016

From the article: “A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by a truck driver claiming trucking company Crete Carrier Corp discriminated against him by requiring him to be tested for sleep apnea because of his weight and firing him when he refused.”

Takeaway: Another effort to circumvent safety best practices for truck drivers has been “put to bed.” No matter how hard the truck lobby fights, they will likely never overcome the much larger hurdle in our culture, wherein legislators put public health and safety first.  With the staggering costs of untreated sleep apnea (both economic and human), and strong data to support links between drowsy driving and sleep apnea, the momentum is building for federal regulation. As always, stay tuned.

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.