Monday Morning Coffee for June 26, 2017

Insomnia, sleep apnea, homeless sleep solutions, and more...

We’ve vetted this morning’s sleep news so you don’t have to. Happy Monday!

Monday mornings are rough… we’re might have a little social jet lag, some 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: June 25, 2017, from South China Morning Post

Nap cafés flourish in sleep-deprived South Korea

The latest OECD* data suggests Koreans are deeply deprived of sleep, partly because they work the second-longest hours among OECD member countries, after Mexico.(click headline for more)

*OECD: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Note: The curator also addressed this trend in an article for the American Sleep Apnea Association: Siesta anyone? Modern new ways to get your winks


Dateline: June 22, 2017, from Collective Evolution

The rising insomnia epidemic & what we can do about it

The CDC estimates that upwards of seventy million people in the U.S. suffer from some type of sleep disorder.(click headline for more)


Dateline: June 25, 2017, from International Business Times

Is Donald Trump Sleep Deprived? President’s Twitter Habits Could Be A Reason

Washington Post reporter Philip Bump had calculated in February 2017 that Trump spent more time tweeting ‘real’ news to the public than he spent paying attention to intelligence briefings in the first month of his presidency. After being inaugurated to office, the president reportedly dedicated 13 hours to social media and merely six hours to intelligence briefings.(click headline for more)


Dateline: June 21, 2017, from Real Change

Megan Wildhood: Busy is the new fine, and it’s hurting us

“…we have a culture that elevates the most visible as the most valuable. Busyness is the leading substitute for significance. We wear sleep deprivation as a badge of honor, although its health effects are even more detrimental than smoking, and we accept and perpetuate busyness as an excuse to flake out, cancel plans and not really be there for the people in our lives.(click headline for more)


Dateline: June 26, 2017, from Live Mint

The business of sleeping well

Commentary:As the luxury and lifestyle industries move focus to intangible consumption, businesses are capitalizing on the economic might of sleep.(click headline for more)


Dateline: June 19, 2017, from Raconteur

Do you have social jet lag?

Do you love spending your weekends partying late into the early hours of the morning? Then having a lovely long lie in the next day to recover? When it gets to Monday it becomes a struggle to get out of bed when the alarm goes off, and it takes several cups of coffee before you ‘switch on’ for morning meetings.(click headline for more)


Dateline: June 21, 2017, from

Yes, you can die from sleep apnea. Carrie Fisher did.

Semantics don’t change the facts: mortality risks have been shown in clinical research to be higher in those who have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea disrupts circadian rhythms, imbalances body and brain chemistry, interrupts cardiac and respiratory function, elevates blood pressure, and speeds up the heart’s rate. When allowed to continue, untreated, it absolutely will lead to higher mortality for those who don’t treat it.(click headline for more)


Dateline: June 23, 2017, from The42

Why sleep is one of the most important things for your mental and physical health

Commentary: “[Sleep hygiene] may seem obvious but can be often overlooked as a key factor in physical and mental health, improving productivity and quality of life and for athletes; optimising recovery and therefore, athletic performance.(click headline for more)


Dateline: June 23, 2017, from Reuters

Sleep may suffer in African Americans who face discrimination

Among 3,749 black adults participating in a long-term study of heart disease risk factors, experiences with discrimination were a strong determinant of poor sleep, and in particular, short sleep duration and poor sleep quality, the lead researcher told Reuters Health. (click headline for more)


Dateline: June 21, 2017, from Wicked Local Hingham

Wake up call for school districts

Commentary: “A 2014 University of Minnesota study found that in addition to improved behavior in classrooms, car crashes involving teens dropped when the school start time was moved.(click headline for more)


Dateline: June 13, 2017, from California Institute of Technology

Lights out: The neural relationship between light and sleep

[W]hile a great deal is known about how light affects circadian rhythms, little is known about the direct effects of light on sleep: Why do we tend to wake up if the lights are flipped on in the middle of the night? Why does darkness make us sleepy? Caltech researchers in the laboratory of Professor of Biology David Prober say they have discovered at least part of the answer: a specific protein in the brain that responds to light and darkness to set the correct balance between sleep and wakefulness.(click headline for more)


Dateline: June 21, 2017, from The Motley Fool

Can Sleep Apnea Wake Up Fitbit Stock?

Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) is struggling these days, but it’s hoping that helping improve sleep quality could be the ticket to a turnaround. The leading maker of dedicated activity-monitoring wearables was on CNBC yesterday, revealing that it’s developing tools to diagnose and monitor sleep apnea—a common sleep disorder that affects more than 18 million Americans.(click headline for more)


Dateline: June 21, 2017, from Independent Online

Weatherproof ‘Street Sleeper’ sleeping bags for city’s homeless

CCID* Social Development manager Pat Eddy—“There are around 700 people living on the streets of the central city. This extends to more than 1,200 if you include people who sleep rough in the surrounding neighbourhoods but spend much of their time downtown. This is a particularly pertinent issue in the colder, wetter months, when storms like we had two weeks ago make life very difficult for those without shelter.(click headline for more)

*CCID: Capetown Central City Improvement District


“SLEEP WANTED” by ManyMeez (2012), (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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