How America sleeps: Spotlight on Denver

Bet you never thought about the way elevation might change your sleep breathing patterns.

Here are ten recent links to the world of sleep in Denver.

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Denver is a lively city in the middle of winter, and lots of snow on the ground keeps the light levels higher than other northern cities. Maybe they have a tad bit less SAD here?

It’s hard to say, but we’ll take a look at sleeping at elevation and other nocturnal challenges folks experience while visiting or living in the Mile High City.

Previously in the spotlight:

  1. Here are 19 clinical research studies actively recruiting for patients in the greater Denver area. Targeted interests include insomnia, sleep apnea, links between sleep problems and Parkinson’s Disease, hypersomnias, and more.
  2. Jan 2, 2019: Your Guide to Finding Calm in Colorado This Year (5280 Health)
    “From the moment you wake up, your body is taking in signals from the outside world to set its circadian rhythm, and a lot of that has to do with light exposure, says Dr. Ellen Stothard, research and development director of the Colorado Sleep Institute. If your body is exposed to light too late or deprived of light in the morning, it can throw your system out of whack, creating a phenomenon called ‘social jet lag.'”
  3. Dec 4, 2018: Parkinson’s Foundation To Hosts Its First-Ever Medical Marijuana Conference (Weed News)
    “People with PD and their physicians are looking to answer whether medical marijuana can help manage PD symptoms. Few clinical studies have enrolled people with PD to investigate the effects of medical marijuana on PD symptoms. There is currently no conclusive scientific research supporting the benefits of medical marijuana for PD, however, anecdotal evidence suggests that it may help manage Parkinson’s symptoms such as pain, sleep, appetite, nausea and anxiety.”
  4. Dec 4, 2018: Take a look at these two elephants cuddling to sleep at the Denver Zoo (
    “The sweet moment is a sign that the elephants are settling down in their new enclosure, according to zookeepers.”
  5. Nov 27, 2018: Women sleep better with dogs by their sides, study suggests (The Denver Channel)
    “According to the study in the Journal of the International Society for Anthrozoology , female dog owners reported less disturbed sleep while also experiencing greater feelings of comfort and security.”
  6. Nov 25, 2018: CSU students don’t sleep enough, have too much stress (The Rocky Mountain Collegian)
    “Janelle Patrias, manager of mental health initiatives at CSU, said students often don’t notice how large of an impact their lack of sleep has on them. …’Sleep is really one of those (factors) that students don’t necessarily recognize is a struggle for them, but when they pause long enough to think about how it impacts their academics, it absolutely is,’ Patrias said.”
  7. Nov 20, 2018: Dr. Dave Singh’s Presentation at London ENT Conference Met With Excitement from Peers (Cision PR Newswire)
    “At a recent international ENT Conference in London, UK Dr. Dave Singh, President and Chief Medical Officer of [Denver-based] Vivos Therapeutics, presented pioneering findings regarding the long-term clinical implications of utilizing the Vivos System, garnering a very positive response from attendees. Vivos Therapeutics is a leading company focused on addressing the root causes of mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, advocating a non-surgical treatment as a potentially permanent solution.”
  8. Nov 15, 2018: Addicted to Awake: Sleep Deprivation in the Fire Service (Fire Engineering)
    “The hard truth is that almost 40 percent of firefighters suffer from a sleep disorder. According to a screening of 6,933 firefighters, 80 percent of those who tested positive had no prior awareness or previous diagnosis of their condition. This one study, conducted by Laura K. Barger, Ph.D., instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, alone may have saved 2,219 firefighter lives! Whether firefighters have interest in learning about sleep doesn’t change the dire matter: sleep deficiency is a health-wrecking problem that needs to be addressed.”
  9. Nov 19, 2018: Why Do So Many Homeless Refuse to Stay in Overnight Shelters? (Westword)
    “Why are there hundreds of people sleeping in tents and bundled up outside every night? …It’s a question that will come up more frequently in the coming months since the ‘Right to Survive’ ballot initiative was approved for the May 2019 municipal elections. Denver voters will be asked whether they think the city should essentially overturn its camping ban and allow people to eat, rest and sleep in public.”
  10. Sept 1, 2018: ‘Drowsy driving is a lot more dangerous than people realize’ (The Greeley Tribune)
    “In a county that is a perennial top-three contender in the state for traffic-related fatalities, Weld County — surprise, surprise — also ranks high in drowsy driving crashes. According to Colorado State Patrol data collected through the first week of August, there were 51 crashes in Weld blamed on drivers falling asleep at the wheel, including 12 injury crashes and one fatal. …Only Denver ranks higher with 82 drowsy driving crashes, 16 injury crashes and two fatals. El Paso County ranks third with 35 drowsy driving crashes, including nine injury crashes. …Crashes involving drowsy drivers are much more common than people think, said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis, mostly because falling asleep at the wheel doesn’t carry the same stigma as driving under the influence or texting and driving.”

As for sleeping at elevation: High-altitude illness || Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America: “The diagnosis of [Acute Mountain Sickness] AMS is clinical; no diagnostic modalities or physical findings can reliably confirm the diagnosis. The Lake Louise Consensus Committee definition of AMS is headache and one or more of the following: anorexia, nausea, or vomiting; fatigue or weakness; dizziness or lightheadedness; or difficulty sleeping.”

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