How America sleeps: Spotlight on New Orleans

Folks living in New Orleans know a thing or two about losing sleep thanks to hurricanes.

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

New Orleans may have lost the most sleep collectively—at least since their last hurricane—following that cursed Rams game in January. Today they show their resilience by launching their classic Mardi Gras celebration, nonetheless, and will probably lose some more sleep tonight as a result!

From the Big Easy, SHC brings you How America sleeps: Spotlight on New Orleans.


Previously in the spotlight:


  1. Here are 2 clinical research studies actively recruiting for patients in the New Orleans/Baton Rouge area. Targeted interests relate to sleep as it relates to cancer survivorship, and sleep as a proponent of weight loss.
  2. Mar 1, 2019: Carl’s Journey: Eyesight problems started early (WLLTV)
    [WWL-TV Chief meteorologist Carl Arredondo on the vision problems which precipitated his early retirement] ” ‘Even to now, I can not sleep on my side. That was so uncomfortable. And then when the other eye did it, I had to be on the other side, so I don’t sleep on my sides. I can’t sleep on my sides. It’s uncomfortable. Because of that experience, I’ve not slept on my sides.’ “
  3. Feb 24, 2019: When Compassionate Care Takes a Turn Toward Fatigue (The Daily Nurse)
    “Multiple terms have been used to describe compassion fatigue, but in its simplest terms, compassion fatigue implies a state of psychic exhaustion where caregivers face a severe sense of malaise that results from caring for patients who are in distress over time. Charles Figley, PhD, a trauma therapist at the Figley Institute who is also affiliated with Tulane University School of Social Work in New Orleans, calls this phenomenon the ‘cost of caring’ for others in emotional pain.”
  4. Feb 19, 2019: Ending Homelessness: How New Orleans Reduced Their Homeless Population By 90 Percent (KUOW.org)
    ” ‘It’s amazing how housing can almost instantly change a person. I can think of a woman, for example, who was a very paranoid schizophrenic. She was sleeping outside in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant for about 10 years and had refused assistance, which isn’t actually the typical thing, most homeless people want to be housed. But she was actually very difficult to help. And we finally had an apartment that we thought would appeal to her because it had an outdoor courtyard. …This was a hot, hot day in late June in New Orleans. But no matter what time of year it was, she was always bundled up in a heavy winter coat. …the following Tuesday I went in the building and I didn’t recognize her because she had gone with her case manager through this box of donated clothing. And when I saw her, she was wearing just a light cotton floral summer dress and she looked happy and I teared up. You know, it was just such a traumatic thing. And she’s been stable, happily housed ever since.’ “
  5. Feb 15, 2019: ‘Complacency and fatigue’ contributed to death on offshore drillship (Energy Voice)
    “The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has produced a report into the death of a worker on December 2, 2017 on the Petrobras 10000 drillship, around 240 miles south-west of New Orleans. …As well as sleep deprivation and fatigue, the Bureau highlighted a lack of understanding of safe zones on the ship as contributing factors.”
  6. Feb 12, 2019: CBD Oil: Life-changing miracle medicine or an unregulated danger? (WWLTV)
    “[Dr. Benjamin Springgate, Chief of Community and Population Medicine at LSUHSC] said there are controlled studies to show CBD decreases seizures in a specific type of disorder that is very difficult to treat in children. Some studies suggest it may help with insomnia and in an animal study, when rubbed on the skin, it helped arthritis pain and inflammation.”
  7. Jan 29, 2019: See someone who needs a warm place to sleep? Call the New Orleans Police Department (WDSU News)
    “As temperatures drop across the city, the New Orleans Police Department encourages residents to call its non-emergency line to report someone who needs a warm place to sleep.
    The city activated its freeze plan. Meaning, several shelters are open for free.”
  8. Jan 10, 2019: 2 S&WB employees were sleeping at work during boil water crisis in November (WWLTV)
    “A cascade of problems that led to November’s boil-water advisory throughout the east bank of New Orleans could have been avoided if two Sewerage & Water Board supervisors had not fallen asleep during their shifts, the agency said Thursday.”
  9. Jan 5, 2019: New program at Touro aims to keep babies safe while sleeping (NOLA.com)
    “Although Louisiana has improved its standing in recent years, it continues to have one of the highest infant mortality rates in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Louisiana had the fourth highest infant mortality rate in the country between 2014-2016, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. Every year an average of 98 infant deaths in Louisiana are classified as Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths, which occur primarily where the baby sleeps.”
  10. Jan 2, 2019: New physical activity guidelines set by Health and Human Services (NOLA.com)
    “Research has demonstrated that ‘a single episode of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity can improve sleep, reduce anxiety symptoms, improve cognition, reduce blood pressure and improve insulin sensitivity on the day the activity is performed. Most of these improvements increase, and additional benefits occur, with the regular performance of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.'”

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