How America sleeps: Spotlight on Boston

How does Boston sleep? Let SHC count the ways.

Since Boston hosts this year’s APSS SLEEP meeting this weekend, SHC has selected it as a spotlight location, offering ten recent stories linking sleep health with the Boston community.

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This weekend through the middle of next week, the city of Boston hosts the annual APSS SLEEP meeting.

SleepyHeadCENTRAL curator Tamara Sellman will both attend as a dual member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) as well as receive an award from the AAST for her professional work in sleep-related journalism.

Since the meeting will be in Boston this year, SHC has selected it as a spotlight location, offering ten recent stories linking sleep health with the Boston community.


  1. Here are 15 clinical research studies currently being offered in the Boston area with a focus on sleep medicine research.
  2. May 30, 2017: Petition Calling For Later School Start Times Makes Rounds At Statehouse (CBS Boston)
    “Start School Later-Massachusetts chapter leader Mary Hamaker says studies show starting school later is better for everyone. ‘The Legislature has an opportunity to implement policy based on 20+ years of research that experts believe is one of the most effective ways to improve academic outcomes—give adolescents more sleep,’ Hamaker said.”
  3. May 20, 2017: Laser System Promises To Eliminate Snoring (CBS Boston)
    “Dr. Linda Kronick is one of the first dentists in New England using the NightLase system to eliminate snoring. …’The NightLase is an amazing procedure using the laser to tighten the collagen and open the back of the throat to reduce snoring, and treat sleep apnea,’ explained Dr. Kronick. ‘Sleep apnea is caused by tissue being relaxed and flabby in the back of the throat.’ “”
  4. May 20, 2017: ‘You don’t sleep’; doctor leads effort to help colleagues through tough times (The Star Phoenix)
    “About two years ago, when the health region embarked on a 90-day focus on safety, [Dr. Malone] Chaya [anesthesiologist] came across the idea of Schwartz Rounds. Developed at the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Health Care in Boston, Schwartz Rounds are held in hundreds of organizations throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Australia and New Zealand…. The idea is to provide ‘regularly scheduled time during their fast-paced work lives to openly and honestly discuss the social and emotional issues they face in caring for patients and families.’ “
  5. May 17, 2017: Dr. Joseph Krainin, M.D., FAASM Joins SoClean As Chief Medical Advisor (PR Newswire)
    “Unlike the traditional soap and water cleaning approach, SoClean’s natural approach to CPAP sanitizing kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, which leads to a healthier breathing experience.” SoClean is based in Oxford, MA.
  6. May 12, 2017: Uber doesn’t want Massachusetts to limit driver hours (Boston Globe)
    “Such restrictions are becoming more common as authorities in many states seek to prevent accidents from tired drivers.”
  7. May 10, 2017: Wish to Lessen Your Chronic Pain? Get More Sleep (Physical Therapy Products)
    “The study, from Boston Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), suggests that chronic sleep loss increases pain sensitivity and wakefulness helps reduce it.”
  8. Apr 27, 2017: Runner: Having narcolepsy is harder than a marathon (CNN)
    “In 2007, Flygare, then a 24-year-old law student, was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy, a neurological disorder that causes chronic sleepiness and, in her case, symptoms of brief episodes of muscle weakness triggered by strong emotions. …But Flygare turned the situation on its head. The Ivy League grad went on to earn her law degree from Boston College, where she studied health law and health policy.”
  9. Apr 14, 2017: Boston Red Sox unveil new sleep room in team clubhouse (Sports Illustrated)
    “The sleep room, complete with mattresses, sheets and pillows from Red Sox official performance bedding partner Bedgear, is windowless and soundproof. Equipped with two bunk beds, players are free to access the sleep room at any point during the day.”
  10. Feb 1, 2017: Sleep Soundly With Cambridge-Based Company’s Nightingale (The Heights)
    “Developers over at Cambridge Sound Management have created a high-tech product that aims to reduce unwanted noise within residential areas. Nightingale masks displeasing sounds with customizable acoustics, and could be every college student’s dream.”
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