How America sleeps: Spotlight on Indianapolis

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

Here are ten recent links to the world of sleep in Indianapolis, where SHC’s curator will be in attendance as a speaker on two subjects (black market CPAP and sleep disorders in MS) at the first annual AAST sleep technology conference.


SHC is heading to Indianapolis! Let’s take a look at the sleep habits and nocturnal interests of Indy, also known as the Circle City.

Previously in the spotlight:

  1. Here are 2 clinical research studies actively recruiting for patients in the greater Indianapolis area. Targeted subjects are sleep concerns for infants and for people with HIV.
  2. Friday Sept 28 through Sunday Sept 30: The American Association of Sleep Technologists meets at the Westin Indianapolis for their conference, “Sleep Education for the Sleep Community.” The event is open to sleep health professionals, focusing on the special interests of sleep technologists, respiratory therapists, and clinical sleep health educators.
  3. The Indianapolis Narcolepsy Network support group meets irregularly through the Meetup app, for those who either suffer from this disabling form of hypersomnia or for those who care for them, including family members and friends. Learn more.
  4. Sept 18, 2018: Indianapolis Colts pledge $100,000 to expand homeless shelter for women and children (Indianapolis Star)
    “In honor of its 125th anniversary of serving the homeless in Indianapolis, Wheeler [Mission] launched the Building for Change Campaign, an effort to raise $1.25 million over 125 days to go toward a larger, $12 million campaign to expand the east-side center. …A new two-story building will be constructed on the northwest corner of East Michigan Street and North LaSalle Street, just west of the women’s shelter. It will feature 164 new beds, including 30 apartments for moms with kids, increasing overall capacity from 93 to 257.”
  5. Sept 11, 2018: Treating sleep apnea greatly improves stroke patients’ neurological & functional recovery (EurekAlert!)
    “‘We have shown, for the first time in a randomized controlled study, that for individuals who have had a stroke or a TIA—a Transient Ischemic Attack, also known as a mini-stroke—the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea with CPAP [Continuous Positive Airway Pressure] therapy provides significant benefits, even greater than the benefits of tPA [tissue plasminogen activator], the FDA-approved drug treatment for stroke,’ said Regenstrief Institute and Roudebush VA Medical Center research scientist Dawn Bravata, M.D., who led the study.”
  6. July 19, 2018: Take Two: 5 surprises on second time around (
    Lauren Lowrey: “When you’re pregnant with your first child, you’re still very much child-free and your sleep schedule reflects that. If you’re tired, you sleep. You can still do whatever you want or need to take care of yourself as you grow. …It’s not that easy when you’re expecting your second child—especially when you wake up at 1:30 a.m. for work.'”
  7. July 11, 2018: Fitbit Pushes into the Clinical Space to Make Medicine More Personal (HealthTech Magazine)
    “Already, healthcare organizations are using Fitbit to collect robust information on patients and populations, most keenly in research studies. The National Sleep Foundation, for example, has partnered with researchers from Indiana University’s Regenstrief Institute on a new insomnia study that equips participants with Fitbits and uses the wearables’ data as its primary source.”
  8. July 10, 2018: It might be hard to look away from these sidewalk pleas (Indianapolis Star)
    “Steve Kerr is willing to bet that some people will be ‘offended and shocked’ when they see images of homeless women and children ‘sleeping’ on the sidewalks of Downtown Indianapolis. …’We hope they grab your attention,’ the chief development officer for Wheeler Mission said. ‘As a city, we need to be aware that there are homeless women and children who need a place to sleep.'”
  9. July 2, 2018: Swarens: Sex trafficking survivor says he was sold during Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis Star)
    “Kelly Sprague knew her husband had a severe problem. …Night after night, he thrashed about violently in their bed. He wandered the house aimlessly in the early morning hours. He cut himself with knives. …All while he slept.”
  10. June 28, 2018: Fatigue may be factor in Thursday morning crash in Johnson County (Fox 59)
    “Police report that a man driving his pickup truck left the roadway and drove straight into tree. The impact flipped the truck and cut the tree in half.”
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