How America sleeps: Spotlight on Baltimore

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

Here are ten recent links to the world of sleep in Baltimore, which will be flooded with sleep health professionals this week for their annual SLEEP meeting.


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On June 5, sleep medicine physicians and researchers descend upon the city of Baltimore, MD. While SHC isn’t attending this year, we’re still going to take a look at if and how people sleep in Charm City.

Previously in the spotlight:


  1. Here are 18 clinical research studies actively recruiting for patients in the Baltimore area. Targeted subjects and topics include pain and sleep, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), obesity, restless legs syndrome, and comorbid conditions.
  2. May 23, 2018: Eisai and Purdue Pharma to Present Latest Phase I Clinical Data on Lemborexant at 32nd Annual Sleep Meeting (ACN Newswire)
    “Eisai Co., Ltd. and Purdue Pharma L.P. today announced they will present the latest data from two key Phase I clinical studies (Study 108 and Study 106) of investigational sleep/wake regulation agent lemborexant, including a comparison versus zolpidem tartrate extended release (zolpidem ER) and placebo on middle of the night awakening and next-morning effects, in poster presentations at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (SLEEP 2018) from June 2 to 6 in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States.”
  3. May 18, 2018: Kaiser Permanente pledges $200 million for U.S. affordable housing; Baltimore is eligible (Baltimore Sun)
    “[Baltimore Mayor Catherine] Pugh said some 3,000 people sleep on the streets of Baltimore.”
  4. May 7, 2018: Baltimore tries cameras and tickets to stop trucks driving down residential streets (Baltimore Sun)
    “Steve Preston said the truck traffic on East Fayette Street near his home is worst when people are trying to sleep. As far as he can tell, they are crossing between Interstate 83 and I-95. The city put a camera on Fayette, but it’s about 15 blocks from where Preston lives, and he said he hasn’t seen much change so far. …’It’s eroding people’s ability to have some sanity and respite after work when you hear these trucks zoom down the street and they’re hitting potholes and shaking houses,’ Preston said.”
  5. May 2, 2018: Chronic Pain in Children (Practical Pain Management)
    “‘Chronic pain and sleep are intimately related, with strong evidence for a reciprocal association,’ said Patrick Finan, PhD, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. ‘There is keen interest in using nonpharmacological sleep interventions as an indirect route to reducing clinical pain symptoms in individuals with comorbid chronic pain and insomnia.'” 
  6. Apr 10, 2018: Two teams of Hopkins undergrads among winners at MIT young inventors competition (Johns Hopkins University HUB)
    “Team AssistENT was honored in a category for consumer devices for its comfortable and discrete nasal dilator, N-Stent. The device is designed to improve breathing for those who suffer nasal obstruction, a common problem that can cause snoring and other sleep disruptions, as well as difficulty exercising.” 
  7. Apr 7, 2018: Aaron Boone sleeps at Yankee Stadium between games after 14-inning Friday marathon (Yahoo! Sports)
    “Boone’s Yankees had just lost a grind of a 14-inning game to the AL East rival Baltimore Orioles on a grand slam from Pedro Alvarez, a five-plus hour game that went into Saturday morning. …With a 1 p.m. scheduled first pitch for Saturday’s game against the Orioles, Boone decided to pull a George Costanza and sleep at Yankee Stadium.”
  8. Apr 4, 2018: Glen Burnie home sleep testing company NovaSom raises $3.7 million  (Baltimore Business Journal)
    “NovaSom, founded in 1992, makes home tests for obstructive sleep apnea. Its tools can collect data while a person is sleeping for a physician to interpret and diagnose.”
  9. Feb 27, 2018: Treating hot flashes, depression during menopause can improve sleep (UPI)
    “For the study, the researchers analyzed data from 776 women, aged 45 to 54, in the Baltimore area. Following them for up to seven years, the investigators found that hot flashes and depression were strongly associated with poor sleep across all stages of menopause.”
  10. Jan 3, 2018: Huge study of teen brains could reveal roots of mental illness, impacts of drug abuse (Science)
    “A slender Baltimore third grader who likes drawing, hip hop, and playing with her pet Chihuahua, Chya is one of more than 6800 children now enrolled in an unprecedented examination of teenage brain development. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study—or ABCD Study—will complete its 2-year enrollment period in September, and this month will release a trove of data from 4500 early participants into a freely accessible, anonymized database. Ultimately, the study aims to follow 10,000 children for a decade as they grow from 9- and 10-year-olds into young adults. …Supported by the first chunk of $300 million pledged by several institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, teams at 21 sites around the United States are regularly using MRI machines to record the structure and activity of these young brains. They’re also collecting reams of psychological, cognitive, and environmental data about each child, along with biological specimens such as their DNA. In addition to providing the first standardized benchmarks of healthy adolescent brain development, this information should allow scientists to probe how substance use, sports injuries, screen time, sleep habits, and other influences may affect—or be affected by—a maturing brain.”


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