How America sleeps: Spotlight on Phoenix

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

Here are ten recent links to the world of sleep in Phoenix, where bats are rabid, temperatures are soaring, and border politics and sleep collide.

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SHC’s curator has traveled three times to Phoenix, AZ since the start of the year. Let’s take a look at the sleep habits and nocturnal interests of the Valley of the Sun.

Previously in the spotlight:


  1. Here are 8 clinical research studies actively recruiting for patients in the greater Phoenix area. Targeted subjects and topics include weight loss and obesity, sleep apnea, insomnia, and treatments for narcolepsy with cataplexy.
  2. July 10, 2018: Hot Summer Nights Are Getting Hotter. Here’s Why It’s a Health and Wildfire Risk (Inside Climate News)
    “In Phoenix last year, 155 people died of heat-related causes, according to National Public Radio. In recent decades, the average overnight low in the area has gone up several degrees, and there are significantly more days each year above 110 degrees. …Cooler nighttime temperatures allow bodies to ‘reset’ and recover from scorching daytime highs as buildings and houses cool. But when external temperatures stay above 80 degrees, internal body temperatures don’t have a chance to cool. …Recent research has shown that higher nighttime temperatures can also mean less sleep, potentially adding more physical stress on the body.”
  3. July 6, 2018: Rabid bats in Gilbert raise alarm from county officials (East Valley Tribune)
    “Rabid carnivores such as skunks, foxes, bobcats and coyotes may become aggressive and may attempt to bite people, pets and livestock. Wild animals exhibiting unusual behavior should be reported to Arizona Game and Fish. …Campers are advised not to sleep on the open ground and should stay in a closed tent or camper.”
  4. June 27, 2018: Prime Sleep opens 1st Phoenix location (AZ Big Media)
    “Prime Sleep, a new mattress concept for Arizona recently opened their first Phoenix area store at 15811 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. The chain will open over a dozen stores throughout Phoenix in the next 18 to 24 months. Currently they have 10 stores in Kansas City, Missouri.”
  5. June 25, 2018: Summertime sadness is real, here are 3 ways to deal with it (ABC 15 Arizona)
    “Summer is here but not everyone is excited about it—specifically those dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). …Typically, SAD is associated with the winter blues because people can get depressed or upset because of shorter and gloomier days. But for that summer-onset SAD, the sun is part of the problem and can even lead to insomnia in some cases.”
  6. June 25, 2018: Sleeping on America’s Doorstep: A Dispatch From the Border (The New York Times)
    “On Saturday, the group sleeping near the port of entry woke to find that someone had robbed them, pilfering cereal, milk and other supplies from a pile donated by volunteers.”
  7. June 15, 2018: Mexico collaboration takes aim at obesity: Emerita professor’s work with University of Guanajuato highlights overlooked contributor to weight gainpoor sleep quality (ASU Now)
    “Carol Baldwin, a distinguished veteran nurse with the College of Nursing and Health Innovation (ASU), travels to the University of Guanajuato in central Mexico twice a year to educate health professionals about the impact of sleep disorders, as part of an ongoing partnership.”
  8. June 5, 2018: Phoenix Fire Ambulance Hits, Kills Man On Way To Call (Phoenix Patch)
    “Capt. Rob McDade with the Phoenix Fire Department told Patch that the victim was, he believed, ‘a homeless individual who appeared to be sleeping outside the fire station.’ He wasn’t seen at first because of where he was laying, McDade said.”
  9. June 1, 2018: UA study links sleep loss with nighttime snacking, junk food cravings, obesity, diabetes (EurekAlert!)
    “‘Laboratory studies suggest that sleep deprivation can lead to junk food cravings at night, which leads to increased unhealthy snacking at night, which then leads to weight gain. This study provides important information about the process, that these laboratory findings may actually translate to the real world,’ noted Michael A. Grandner, PhD, MTR, UA assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the UA Sleep and Health Research Program and the UA Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic. ‘This connection between poor sleep, junk food cravings and unhealthy nighttime snacking may represent an important way that sleep helps regulate metabolism.'”
  10. May 23, 2018: Lost in Atlantis: Battered and Bruised but Still Here (LA Weekly)
    “‘We’re the unluckiest lucky band,’ [lead single Elizabetha] Rosnowski says [of the Phoenix-based band]. ‘We were on our way to a college show out here in Bakersfield at nighttime. The semi truck driver behind us fell asleep at the wheel. He rear-ended us, and then accelerated. We were in a big tour bus, and our driver tried to take control, but the truck driver was going so fast that he pushed us and we flipped over four times into a ditch. I had no idea what was going on. When it all stopped, we all got out and we were all OK. The truck driver’s first story was that he reached down for a beef jerky. Then his story changed and he admitted that he fell asleep. All the bunk beds fell apart on top of people. Eventually, we found everyone. We had to pull them out. That was the most traumatic experience, and probably why I have anxiety.'”
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