Monday Morning Coffee for August 14, 2017

Seafarer Fatigue, babies and Benadryl, Pacific Northwest haze and sleep quality, Tiger Woods pleads not guilty to DUI and more.

SHC has vetted the week’s sleep news so you don’t have to! Happy Monday!

Monday mornings are rough… we might have a little social jet lag, some of us may encounter Sunday night insomnia, and for those of us who sleep well, it still takes time to get our brains into “working mode.”

SHC finds Monday morning a good time to catch up and reflect upon recent news, with a cup of java!

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 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 Happy Monday! Have a great week.—The Curator


Dateline: August 9, 2017, from Times of India (India)

Margao resident dies aboard cruise ship

[Seaman Naville] Fernandes, a resident of Margao, had only two more weeks to go for his current employment contract to end before he could return home. …Fernandes had called his wife just a day before his death complaining about fatigue.(click headline for more)

SUPPLEMENTAL LINK: Seafarer fatigue: where next? [PDF]: The content of this brochure is drawn primarily from Adequate Manning and Seafarers’ Fatigue: The International Perspective by Professor Andy Smith, Centre for Occupational and Health Psychology, Cardiff University, commissioned by the International Transport Workers’ Federation, ITF House, London


Dateline: August 14, 2017, from WFMY News

VERIFY: Safe To Give Babies Benadryl To Sleep?

A recent story warns of infant deaths blamed on Benadryl. Four-month-old Adam Segall is the latest victim. He died at a daycare in Connecticut after his parents say he was given Benadryl to help him sleep. We wanted to verify whether Benadryl is safe to give babies to help them sleep.(click headline for more)


Dateline: August 8, 2017, from New York Daily News

City Hall strongly denies Mayor de Blasio takes naps on the job

A former de Blasio staffer who helped get him elected as public advocate in 2009 …questioned the report’s claim that the mayor was known to nap on that campaign trail as well.(click headline for more)


Dateline: August 8, 2017, from

Editorial: Don’t reverse sleep apnea testing rule

In a shortsighted move that places profits over safety, the Trump administration last week withdrew an Obama-era proposal that would require railroad and trucking companies to test employees for obstructive sleep apnea. The move is in keeping with the administration’s apparent obsession of rolling back or canceling any number of proposals associated with the Obama administration, up to and including those involving worker safety and environmental protections.(click headline for more)


Dateline: August 10, 2017, from Kansas City Business Journal

Wichita entrepreneur plans to open Sleeptopia in KC

Sleeptopia specializes in at-home diagnostic testing for sleep studies, which have become more common in recent years as a way to diagnose and address health issues, such as sleep apnea. …Kunz says offering in-home sleep studies allows his business to increase its volume over traditional sleep labs. He says Sleeptopia has the equipment capacity to do 20 sleep studies a night versus four or five in a typical sleep lab.(click headline for more)


Dateline: August 9, 2017, from Times of Malta

Watch: Police rescue man sleeping on dangerous ledge

The police were alerted by neighbours, who saw the man, understood to be a tourist, sleeping on the narrow piece of cement on the building site in Swieqi. The ledge could only be reached by climbing over the boundary wall.(click headline to see video)


Dateline: August 9, 2017, from Broadway World

Musician Tom Teasley to Perform His Original Score Live Alongside THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI at Constellation Theatre Company

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari follows a young man named Francis and his encounter with the eponymous doctor, who has hypnotized Cesare, a somnambulist or sleepwalker, to emerge from a coffin-like cabinet and offer foreboding prophecies. What follows is a series of escalating kidnappings and murders involving the deranged Dr. Caligari and his somnambulist, culminating in a shocking twist.(click headline for more)


Dateline: August 9, 2017, from Bleacher Report

Tiger Woods Pleads Not Guilty for DUI Charge, Will Enter Diversion Program

TMZ Sports provided the police report, which said Woods ‘had extremely slow and slurred speech’ when he was found asleep behind the wheel. He failed a field sobriety test, but a breathalyzer showed no signs of alcohol in his system.(click headline for more)


Dateline: August 8, 2017, from SF Chronicle

UCSF study links sleep disorders among pregnant women to premature births

Pregnant women who suffer from common sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea are at greater risk of delivering a baby before full term, according to a UCSF study released Tuesday that points to the need for better diagnosis and treatment of the conditions.(click headline for more)


Dateline: August 8, 2017, from Quartz

Scientists found more evidence that we can learn during sleep

[N]ew research from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris suggests that our brains are capable of both learning and suppressing information during different phases of sleep. Their work was published Aug. 8 in the journal Nature Communications.(click headline for more)


Dateline: August 13, 2017, from

Dr. Dave Schopick: Delayed sleep phase disorder

[F]or some teens, their sleep cycle has made a real shift, one that puts them literally out of sync with the rest of the world. This shift is called delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS), and if it’s not diagnosed and addressed, not only will morning battles continue, but your teen may really struggle with school, work and activities.(click headline for more)


Dateline: August 9, 2017, from Salon

Babies are losing sleep — and touch screens are to blame

Without enough sleep, babies will suffer later on in life. It is well-recorded that sleep allows us to build and strengthen connections between the left and the right hemispheres of our cerebrum. These connections are particularly important when the brain is still forming. Without them, without sleep, babies are losing the opportunity to reach their full potential of cognitive development.(click headline for more)


Dateline: August 11, 2017, from Accuweather

Health impacts of poor air quality

In Spokane, local pulmonologists are reporting increased amounts of patients seeking care for ‘coughing, wheezing, tightness in their chest, congestion of their airways, itchiness in the back of their gullet, runny noses and watery eyes,’ according to Critical Care Physician Jiten Patel, with Providence Pulmonary and Sleep Disorder Clinic.(click headline for more)


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