How America sleeps: Spotlight on Las Vegas

How does Las Vegas sleep? Let SHC count the ways.

It turns out that people do sleep in Las Vegas. SHC has selected Sin City as a spotlight location, offering ten recent stories linking sleep health with the Boston community.


This week, through Friday, the city of Las Vegas hosts the annual Consumer Electronics ShowWhile SHC won’t be attending the event, the curator thought it would be interesting to showcase Las Vegas in its “How America Sleeps” series. The CES continues to spotlight sleep technology in its exhibits, a testament to the staying power of wearables, trackers, and other sleep-supporting devices. Meanwhile, SHC shows the most recent “sleep” footprint of Sin City: both its visitors and residents.

  1. Here are 4 clinical research studies currently being offered in the Las Vegas area with a focus on sleep medicine research.
  2. Jan 8, 2018: Hacker who stopped WannaCry, indicted for malware, gave a forced confession – defense team (RT)
    “Marcus Hutchins, 23, was arrested in Las Vegas airport after attending the annual Def Con hacking convention and later indicted for advertising, distributing and profiting from a malware code called ‘Kronos’ between July 2014 and July 2015. …In court documents filed Friday, his defense team alleges he had been subjected to prior surveillance before his arrest and therefore, arresting officers would have known that he was ‘exhausted and intoxicated at the time. …The defense intends to argue that the government coerced Mr. Hutchins, who was sleep-deprived and intoxicated to talk. As such, his decision to speak with the agents was not knowing, intelligent, and made in full awareness of the nature of the right given up and the consequences of giving up that right, as the law requires.’
  3. Jan 2, 2018: Parents warned of dangers of co-sleeping with children (Las Vegas Review Journal)
    “On Dec. 4, an afternoon nap turned deadly when 9-month-old Cayden Triggs stopped breathing while sleeping next to his father in their Las Vegas home. Emergency personnel performed CPR on Cayden, but the infant died the same day at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center. …Weeks later, the Clark County coroner determined that Cayden had died from asphyxiation and wedging. His death was ruled an accident.”
  4. Dec 11, 2017: Helping first responders recover after Las Vegas shooting (Police One)
    “A deadly attack at the scale of the Las Vegas shooting can almost certainly be a trigger for trauma and stress-related disorders among first responders. Mental health problems such as depression, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even suicidal thoughts and actions can arise.”
  5. Dec 5, 2017: The worst side effects of one of the most popular antibiotics is buried in fine print (KTNV)
    “Jill Cobb blames one of the most widely prescribed antibiotics in the country for destroying her physically. She suffers from pain so severe in her hip and shoulders, she can barely walk. …She describes the mental anguish triggered by insomnia and anxiety as devastating as the pain. Cobb says the psychological side effects struck within days after being prescribed Levaquin.”
  6. Nov 1, 2017: Feds Fault California, Trucker Fatigue for Tour Bus Crash That Killed 13 (The Drive)
    “The driver of the bus carrying passengers from a Las Vegas casino back to Los Angeles had no advance warning that police had halted traffic on the highway ahead due to utility work, plus the truck driver did not resume driving after the traffic stoppage, likely because of fatigue related to his undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday in a statement.”
  7. Oct 12, 2017: What May Have Caused the Las Vegas Shooter to Kill? An Expert’s Analysis (People)
    Criminal profiler John Kelly: “[Stephen Paddock] grew up in an abusive, shame ridden and dysfunctional poor family. I believe that this had a traumatic effect on Mr. Paddock which started to cause him to have low self-esteem, depression, a sleep disorder, and internalized anger.”
  8. Sept 27, 2017: Goodnight room: Hotels and resorts put focus on sleep (Travel Weekly)
    “In 2012, hotel-casino resort operator MGM Resorts International began collaborating with Delos, which works with real estate developers on wellness-oriented design and amenities, to create a hotel-room concept called Stay Well. …Delos incorporated amenities such as lighting designed to reduce jet lag, which can be exacerbated by the blue lighting that simulates sunrise and is often emitted by mobile devices. It also added antimicrobial coatings to fixtures and furniture that reduce the spread of bacteria as well as memory-foam mattresses made from plant extracts. …MGM Resorts retrofitted 42 rooms on the 14th floor at the MGM Grand Las Vegas into Stay Well rooms that first year and since then has retrofitted the remaining 129 rooms on the 14th floor of the hotel. Delos added amenities such as memory-foam mattresses made from plant extracts to the Stay Well initiative.”
  9. Sept 21, 2017: Cannabis for Insomniacs (Vegas Seven)
    “With the legalization of cannabis in Nevada, we have a whole new world of compounds that can improve our health and well-being. One of things that can be helped most is sleep and the quality of said sleep. It turns out that a little known substance in cannabis that is usually considered a bad thing, a side effect of ‘old weed,’ CBN or Cannabinol, is actually a fantastic sedative.”
  10. Aug 18, 2017: Installation of Las Vegas Strip Bollards on Fast Track After Latest Terror Blitz in Spain (
    “The Las Vegas bollards will protect against those trying to use vehicles to kill people on the busiest part of the Strip, but also against intoxicated, drugged up, and sleep-deprived drivers.”
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