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By: Tamara Sellman on September 12th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: September 12, 2017

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While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week

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CULTURE WATCH

"Addressing sleep disorders in soldiers and veterans"
ALASKA SLEEP CLINIC
September 5, 2017 

From the blog:Service members generally get less sleep than their civilian counterparts, with one study suggesting that 72% of previously deployed Army soldiers report typically getting less than six hours of sleep a night compared to 72% of civilian adults reporting getting seven or more hours per night.”

Takeaway:  If you work with vets and active military service people, these stats may not surprise you. But if your encounters with our soldiers are rare, you may want to read up on all the ways that people in the military suffer from sleep troubles.

INDUSTRY WATCH

"Can a Digital Doctor Help You Sleep?"
US NEWS & WORLD REPORT
September 7, 2017 

From the article:If you've been having trouble getting some sleep, a new online therapy program may help ease your insomnia, a new study says.”

Takeaway: This may be the next best thing to live, in-person CBT-i for treating insomnia, in the absence of a local practitioner. And it's also another way to treat insomnia without a prescription for a sleep aid. 

TREND WATCH

"5 New Buzzwords of Sleep. How many do you know?"
SLEEP JUNKIES
September 2, 2017

From the blog: “Learn them, know them, live them. These buzzwords, unlike those thrown around the office, can actually help improve your sleep and, ultimately, your well-being.

Takeaway: Knowing these buzzwords will also make you a more legitimate sleep tech in the eyes of your patients. These terms may not be on the BRPT exam, but if your patient knows what they mean and you don't, that's not going to inspire their confidence in you as a sleep health professional. May as well stay on top of the lingo!

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

"Wordless Wednesday: Battery backup for CPAP sleep apnea machine"
SLEEPYHEAD CENTRAL
September 6, 2017

From the blog: “Attention hurricane evacuees! Two videos highlighting battery backup option for your CPAP machine.”

Takeaway: If you aren't routinely working in the DME department, you may not have a good handle on battery backups that aren't out-of-the-box and specific to PAP machines. These two videos are a layman's explanation of how to maintain power to a PAP machine during extended power outages. If you have additional advice, feel free to add it to the comments in YouTube. 

PHARMA WATCH

"Avadel Pharmaceuticals Enters into Exclusive License Agreement for Noctiva"
SLEEP REVIEW
September 6, 2017

From the column: “Noctiva is a proprietary low-dose formulation of desmopressin acetate administered through a patent-protected intranasal delivery system. It is the first and only product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of nocturia due to nocturnal polyuria.

Takeaway: While sleep techs may automatically assume that all frequent nocturnal urination is related to untreated sleep apnea, sometimes it's not. Patients who are curious about medications for nocturnal polyuria may find comfort knowing they have options in the event they don't have sleep apnea or can't identify any other cause for their nighttime bathroom interruptions. 

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

"Women’s Health Sleep Survey—ASA, Women’s Health and Thrive Global"
AMERICAN SLEEP ASSOCIATION
September 7, 2017

From the blog: “ASA is partnering with Women’s Health and Thrive Global to learn more about women’s biggest sleep issues and ultimately help you get the sleep you deserve.

Takeaway: If you're a female sleep tech, you may want to participate in this survey to help these organizations collect more comprehensive data on women's sleep health.

LEGISLATION WATCH

"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Don’t delay law on safe trucking"
WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

From the newspaper editorial: “…[T]he nation must press ahead with a federal law requiring that electronic logging devices be used by semi drivers and certain other commercial operators to make sure they get off the road at regular periods to sleep. The measure, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2012, is scheduled to take effect in December. However, critics continue to fight the requirement, and unfortunately, they have at least a modicum of support in Congress.

Takeaway: Even if the current administration struck down advancement of sleep apnea testing protocols this summer, that doesn't mean we should give up on efforts to enforce adherence to safety standards among truckers at every level—and especially those already signed into law.


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.


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