This week, SHC skips its Monday morning roundup of sleep news in order to attend a solar event you might have heard about.
We enjoyed 94 percent totality here in the Puget Sound (north of Totality Zone, Oregon), and it was pretty spectacular and more than a little fun, taken in with little ones ages 10 and under in the neighborhood.
And yes, we all used the glasses.
Today we return to our normally scheduled program, to catch up and reflect upon recent news, all with a cup of tea or java (you pick)!
Here are links SHC has pulled from the last week, categorized in newspaper-like “sections” and related, in some way, to sleep. Feel free to peruse as you start your week… ideally with a cup of tea or coffee in hand.
If you have thoughts about any of these news headlines, feel free to share them in the comments below! We love to hear from readers! Cheers and have a great week.—The Curator
Dateline: August 15, 2017, from Cancer Network (Canada)
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“[I]n a randomly selected sample of 948 adults in Canada, 76% of all reported insomnia-related expenses resulted from work absences and reduced productivity. Since cancer survivors often depend on employment for economic survival and insurance benefits, access to effective treatments for sleep-wake disturbances, insomnia, and sleep disorders is critical. The personal and societal burden of chronic sleep-wake disturbances, especially in people with cancer, needs to be addressed.” … (click headline for more)
Dateline: August 14, 2017, from Sleep News/National Sleep Foundation
“The National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) latest Sleep Health Index® (SHI) finds significant associations between technology use in bed and sleep health. Forty-eight percent of American adults reported using a device like a computer, tablet, or smartphone in bed before trying to go to sleep. These people averaged two points lower on the overall SHI (75 vs. 77, on a 1 to 100 scale) and five points lower on the sleep quality subindex (65 vs. 70) than those who refrained from technology use in bed.” … (click headline for more)
Dateline: August 21, 2017, from Science-based Medicine
“In a confused and scientifically highly flawed decision, the Special Master Thomas Gowen didn’t rule that vaccines cause SIDS, but did rule that they contributed to SIDS in this one case.” … (click headline for more)
Dateline: August 19, 2017, from Jackson County Newspapers
“Shortly after taking office, President Trump signed an executive order creating task forces in every agency to eliminate “burdensome” regulations. …’Every regulation should have to pass a simple test,’ he said. ‘Does it make life better or safer for American workers or consumers?’ …Keep that standard in mind as you consider his gutting of federal protections for our clean drinking water, attempt to eliminate the agency charged with preventing chemical accidents, and now, killing of a ‘burdensome’ rule that truckers and train drivers be tested for a dangerous sleep disorder.” … (click headline for more)
Dateline: August 15, 2017, from Business Insider
“‘The quality of a person’s sleep can impact their health, energy levels, and disposition,’ explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Nick DiMarco. ‘We are consistently exploring new avenues and innovations to improve sleep quality.’” … (click headline for more)
Dateline: August 17, 2017, from Restonic
“A number of recent studies have shown that moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (like brisk walking) helped participants fall asleep more quickly and increased their time spent sleeping. The moderate descriptor is important. Studies also found that vigorous aerobic activity, like jogging or lifting weights, did NOT have a positive effect on sleep.” … (click headline for more)
Dateline: August 19, 2017, from American Sleep Apnea Association
“Only a few months ago, a well-liked young physician, serving a family medicine residency at Riverside Brentwood Medical Center in Virginia, was invited to audition for America’s Got Talent. …Dr. Rogers, a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, was described as ‘the singing doctor, and ‘a standout contestant’ in the show. …On June 9 in Maryland, not long after the audition had taken place, but before it had even aired on television, Dr. Rogers was riding in a car driven by a friend who’d just come off a long shift at work. …The driver fell asleep at the wheel and the car veered off the road before striking a tree head on. While the driver and another passenger in the back seat survived, Dr. Rogers was seriously injured. He died the next day in the hospital at age 29.” … (click headline for more)
Dateline: August 18, 2017, from Sleep Dallas
“Lebron James has reported to ESPN that he sleeps an average of 12 hours each night. Usain Bolt, Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova average ten. By comparison, the average American sleeps seven hours. Reflecting on that simple fact stresses the importance of sleep for the body’s overall performance—the body recovers during sleep, and professional athletes strain their bodies to the limit every day.” … (click headline for more)
Dateline: August 20, 2017, from Aiken Standard
“A certain amount of sunlight exposure has mood-lifting benefits. This stimulates the brain to release a mood-enhancing neurotransmitter called serotonin. …Low levels of serotonin are associated with SAD (seasonal affective disorder, a sleep-related mood disorder). Serotonin is also a precursor to melatonin and melatonin aids in sleep.” … (click headline for more)
Dateline: August 18, 2017, from University of Michigan via Science Daily
“The results come from a nationally representative survey through the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Poll on Children’s Health. In it, 554 parents whose teens all start school before 8:30 a.m. shared opinions on how much sleep their children need and whether later school start times are a good idea. The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, the journal of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.” … (click headline for more)
Dateline: August 21, 2017, from Doctor Steven Park
“One of the most commonly misunderstood topics with the lay public and even the medical community is the deviated nasal septum. Quite often, I hear patients tell me, ‘my deviated septum is causing my sinus headaches,’ or ‘I have a deviated septum from a baseball accident.’ While both these statements are not completely false, they both imply that having the former always causes the latter, which is not true.” … (click headline for more)
Dateline: August 17, 2017, from US News & World Report
“ ‘We think that being engaged with the same content for hours on end may leave viewers thinking about the show, what happened, and what will happen next,’ Exelmans said. This may increase arousal, boost an individual’s heartbeat, and lead to a longer ‘cool-down’ period before a viewer is actually able to fall asleep, she said. …The result: worse sleep and an increased risk for being fatigued the next day.” … (click headline for more)
Dateline: August 16, 2017, from Manteca Bulletin
“Mike Kelly is in a fight against the weather. …The Manteca Police Department Community Resource Officer tasked with providing opportunities for placement and treatment to those in the city’s homeless population had no trouble finding people who wanted to take the help that was offered to them during the last winter. Record rainfall and freezing temperatures drove many straight into shelters or drug and alcohol treatment facilities throughout the area. …But now that it’s not uncomfortable to sleep outside on the streets, Kelly—who has to date resourced more than 140 people in just over a year, 100 of which are either still in programs or doing well—is finding that those who are willing to take the opportunities afforded are shrinking in number. …’It’s a lot different when you’re cold and you’re wet and you’re willing to do anything to be somewhere else,’ Kelly said. ‘But you don’t need a tent and a sleeping bag in the summer—you can literally just lay down and go to sleep and be comfortable. …That’s something that a lot of people don’t realize.’” … (click headline for more)