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How America sleeps: Spotlight on Philadelphia

How well do people sleep in Philadelphia? SHC takes a look.

Here are ten recent links to the world of sleep in Philadelphia, from research and disorders to business and exciting new therapies.

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Recently, SHC paid a visit to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia PA, home to the latest Super Bowl winners, the Liberty Bell, and   cheesesteak sandwiches. Let’s take a look at if and how people sleep in Philadelphia.


  1. Here are 20 clinical research studies actively recruiting for patients in the Philadelphia area. Target subjects include children, sleep apnea, and use of telemedicine in sleep medicine and healthcare applications.
  2. Apr 2, 2018: 5 Evening Routines of Successful Philly Business Leaders (Philadelphia)
    “We’ve all worked to perfect our mornings, but what about the night before? Here’s how Philly business leaders wind down and set themselves up for the next day.”
  3. Mar 29, 2018: We’re wide awake and worrying about work (Business Management Daily)
    “Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minneapolis have the highest percentage of respondents who cited they never miss out on rest.”
  4. Mar 26, 2018: Penn students compete for best healthtech idea at inaugural M&T Summit (Technical.ly)
    “All of the semi-finalists had to fit the summit’s theme of health. Students pitched apps like Mindful, meant to help college students track and improve their mental health, and Sleepalyzer, which tests drowsiness. Another sleep project was called Sleepal-DX, software its creators want to sell to sleep researchers to test for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”
  5. Jan 23, 2018: Sleep apnea patient finds rest with implant device: “It saved my life” (CBS News)
    “[Peggy] Siravo has severe obstructive sleep apnea, where her throat muscles relax, blocking her airway and disrupting her sleep. On average, she stops breathing 53 times an hour, that’s nearly once every minute during a night’s sleep. She said on a night, she could be up four hours and sleep two. …She did not find relief from the CPAP machine, a common treatment that delivers constant pressurized air. She even needed oxygen on top of that. …’And then that didn’t work. That’s when they introduced me to Inspire and saved my life,’ Siravo said. …’Inspire’ is an FDA-approved pacemaker-like device implanted in the chest. It senses when breathing slows down and sends an electrical pulse to the tongue to stimulate it forward, keeping the airway open. ‘This has been revolutionary. It’s been a game changer,’ Dr. Maurits Boon said. He is Siravo’s doctor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. ‘She’d given up. And she had memory issues, she was miserable,’ Boon said. ‘This is not a benign disease… it actually shortens people’s lives.'”
  6. Nov 1, 2017: The intriguing puzzle of extreme sleepiness (BBC)
    “Sleeping pills commonly used to treat insomnia tend to work by depressing the central nervous system as a whole, says Paul Coleman, a medicinal chemist who works at Merck’s laboratories at West Point, Philadelphia, and who was instrumental in the development of Belsomra. ‘What’s so exciting about Belsomra is that it is very selective for blocking wakefulness, so it doesn’t affect the systems that control balance, memory and cognition,’ he says.”
  7. Sept 1, 2017: Whether she’s on the $20 bill or not, Harriet Tubman made men pay for underestimating her (The Washington Post)
    Before moving to Philadelphia, “[Harriet] Tubman was enslaved by a man named Edward Broadess. When she was about 13, she refused to help a slave overseer capture a runaway. The overseer threw a two-pound lead weight at the runaway. The weight mistakenly hit Tubman in the head, splitting her skull, according to the Harriet Tubman Museum & Education Center in Cambridge, MD. Tubman was unconscious two or three days and would continue to suffer chronic seizures the rest of her life. The injury caused sleeping spells or narcolepsy, which would cause her to drop into a deep sleep anywhere and at any time of day. Broadess tried to sell her as damaged property but failed.”
  8. Jun 5, 2017: AASM Names Dr. Ilene Rosen President (Sleep Review)
    “Rosen is the program director of the University of Pennsylvania Sleep Fellowship and an associate professor of clinical medicine for the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She also serves as an assistant dean for graduate medical education. Rosen has clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, and her educational and research focus has been on the sleep habits, health, and performance of residents. Currently she is exploring the use of telemedicine to promote sleep medicine education in health care training as the principal investigator of a study that is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).”
  9. May 22, 2017: Baby boxes, sleep education reduced bed-sharing in first week of infancy (Temple University Health System via Science Daily)
    “TUH is located in North Philadelphia, an area that has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the United States with many babies born into poverty and to young mothers who do not have adequate resources to care for a newborn.”
  10. Apr 17, 2017: 13 Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep with Fibromyalgia (National Pain Report)
    “‘At this point, there are a lot of mysteries about why fibromyalgia patients don’t sleep well, why they’re fatigued and what causes this, but unfortunately the findings we do have don’t tell us very much about what to do about getting deeper sleep,’ said Dr. Karl Doghramji, director of the Jefferson Health Sleep Disorders Center in Philadelphia.”

How America sleeps: Spotlight on Philadelphia

If you live in Philadelphia, do you sleep well?

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