Sleep News Weekly || Dec 1, 2017: Tiger Woods on sleep, MMJ for apnea?, CPAP gift ideas and more

SHC vets the latest news on sleep so you don't have to.

Here come the winter blues; do blue light blocking apps on your electronics work?; worsening light pollution means we might need to wear shades to bed; and more about how America (and the world) sleeps.

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This news curation is SHC’s weekly effort to bring people the latest in sleep health links culled from the last week, categorized in newspaper-like “sections” and related, in some way, to sleep. 
Who is this weekly news curation for? Note our subtitle: “News that Everyone Can Use… Because Everyone Can Use Some Sleep.” Our SleepNews Weekly feature is for ordinary people, sleep-disordered patients, families, all kinds of healthcare practitioners, policymakers, trend trackers.  
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, TGIF, and have a great weekend!—The Curator


Dateline: November 25, 2017 from Carbonated TV (Europe)

Exhausted Amazon Employees Forced To Sleep Where They Stand

Employees at Amazon bear the brunt of the holiday crush as its largest packaging plant in Europe is due to ship 1.2 million items this year.(click headline for more)



Dateline: November 30, 2017 from MPR News (Minnesota)

Minnesota OKs medical marijuana for autism, apnea

Starting in July, autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea will qualify as conditions eligible to be treated in Minnesota with medical cannabis, the state Health Department said Thursday. … (click headline for more)



Dateline: November 29, 2017 from 11 Alive

Florida lawmaker wants state to drop Daylight Saving Time

Republican Senator Greg Steube, who represents Sarasota and Charlotte counties in Florida, has filed a bill to exclude Florida from the controversial – but still somewhat national – time change. If it passes, Floridians would be in standard time between March and November.(click headline for more)



Dateline: November 24, 2017 from Commercial-News

Guest editorial: Let’s not turn holidays tragic by driving drowsy

A recent report by Stateline highlights a 2014 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that estimated that drowsy drivers could be involved in 328,000 crashes a year on average on U.S. roads, 6,400 of them fatal.(click headline for more)



Dateline: November 26, 2017 from Fast Company

How To Design Your Ideal Workday Based On Your Sleep Habits

According to sleep expert Michael Breus, you can pack the most into your working hours by knowing your sleep type.(click headline for more)



Dateline: November 27, 2017 from Chicago Tribune

My worst moment: ‘Chicago P.D.’s’ LaRoyce Hawkins on falling asleep at the worst time

‘I discovered that I was a soft narcoleptic. If you leave me alone long enough with my eyes closed in a dark space, it just kind of happens, whether I’m supposed to be asleep or not. I just kind of knock out. My colleagues now at Chicago P.D., we’ll go to the movies and they’ll just know for a fact that I’m going to be asleep by the middle of it.’(click headline for more)



Dateline: November 25, 2017 from American Sleep Apnea Association

Look here for great gift ideas for CPAP users

The following gift ideas for CPAP users might be just the ticket if you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who may already have everything else… or for someone who could use a little support with their therapy.(click headline for more)



Dateline: November 29, 2017 from Dallas News

Losing sleep has a lot more to do with inequality than you may think

One factor that makes Almash more likely to suffer from sleep deprivation is her low income. She supports herself and her three children in New York City on around $40,000 a year. The time strain and the stress of juggling work, school, three children and an inadequate paycheck means there’s little left over for adequate sleep. …Almash’s sleep bind is far from unique. Researchers have found a consistent relationship between life stresses, lower socioeconomic status and insufficient sleep.(click headline for more)



Dateline: November 28, 2017 from Gwinnett Prep Sports

Woods addresses back, medicine, sleep issues

‘I was trying to go away from the pain and I was trying to sleep, which I hadn’t done in a very long time because of the things I’ve been dealing with,’ Woods said Tuesday at Albany Golf Course in Nassau, Bahamas.(click headline for more)



Dateline: November 27, 2017 from Popular Science

Light pollution is getting worse

It might not be as immediately deadly as air pollution, but light pollution can harm many forms of life. For humans, the burgeoning field of chronobiology—the study of how our sleep and wake cycles affect our health—suggests that artificial light, especially of the blue variety, can trigger wakefulness when our bodies should be preparing for a good night’s sleep.(click headline for more)



Dateline: November 28, 2017 from TrustED

Study: School start times could be harmful to teenagers

[A] new study out of UCLA outlines just how much sleep teenagers must get to preserve good moods and productivity during their developing years.” … (click headline for more)



Dateline: November 25, 2017 from The New York Times

Cities That Never Sleep Are Shaped by Sunrise and Sunset

Long after the sun has gone down, the electric lights keep blazing. That might suggest that most humans aren’t as influenced by Earth’s light-dark cycle as we used to be. …But a new study, drawing on the cellphone call records of more than a million people, shows that the times of day when they are active grew longer and shorter over the course of the year, waxing and waning with the daylight.(click headline for more)



Dateline: November 27, 2017 from NPR

Apps Can Cut Blue Light From Devices, But Do They Help You Sleep?

At least one study found that people took longer to fall asleep when they read from a light-emitting e-book than when they read from a printed book. … (click headline for more)



Dateline: November 28, 2017 from The Concordian

The winter blues, SAD and self-care

According to CBC News, 80 per cent of those affected by SAD are women between the ages of 18 and 60. That isn’t to say others aren’t affected by the disorder—and that’s why we at The Concordian hope you check in on your friends and family to see whether they’re just feeling bummed out or if there is something more serious happening.(click headline for more)



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