Sleep News Weekly || Dec 14, 2017: DPRK student risks death for nap, Sleep Out nets £3.6m for homeless, woman fired for apnea? more

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

New PTSD treatment could help military personnel sleep; Sleep Out raises money and awareness for homeless right to sleep; sleep violence happens more than you think; 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.  
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Dateline: December 13, 2017 from Mirror (North Korea)

North Korean student risks execution by catching some shut eye in middle of patriotic show

[F]alling asleep at the wrong time or failing to join in applause is punishable by death, according to North Korean defectors. Speaking anonymously, one said: ‘If you don’t clap, if you nod off, you’re marked as not following Kim Jong-un’s doctrine. You have to do it because you don’t want to die. You chant long live and clap because you don’t want to die.’(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 11, 2017 from Independent (Scotland)

Huge turnout as charity ‘sleepout’ on coldest night of the year raises more than £3.6m for homeless

The Sleep in the Park event—billed as the “world’s biggest sleepout”—took place in Edinburgh on Saturday night, on the coldest night of the year.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 11, 2017 from (New York)

Lohud probe of Bronx derailment spurs call for safety fix

On Dec. 1, 2013, Hudson Line Train 8808 flew off the rails in the Spuyten Duyvil section of the Bronx while going 82 mph along a curve marked for 30 mph. Its engineer, William Rockefeller, dozed off at the controls. … (click headline for more)



Dateline: December 13, 2017 from Northwest Herald

Woodstock teen cited after drowsy driving crash, police say

A 59-year-old Woodstock man was driving north in a 1999 Chrysler Sebring and turned left into a driveway when a 19-year-old Woodstock man fell asleep at the wheel of a 2004 Dodge Neon and rear-ended the Sebring. … (click headline for more)



Dateline: December 8, 2017 from Self

No, Coffee Won’t Cure My Hypersomnia

Liz Sheeley: “Six years after that night in the sleep clinic, I started a new job and my commute was over an hour and a half long. My sleep schedule shortened from 10 to 8 hours a night and my coffee intake grew exponentially. I fell asleep on the bus. I fell asleep on a park bench. I even fell asleep at my desk. It was clear that I needed help, pronto, so my primary-care doctor referred me to a very busy sleep neurologist.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 13, 2017 from Business Insider 

UPDATE 1-NZ’s Fisher & Paykel sues Resmed in Australia over patent dispute

Fisher & Paykel had filed a case against Resmed in Britain in 2016 and said last month it could continue to sell its sleep apnea masks in the country after a UK court ruled Resmed’s patent was invalid.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 8, 2017 from Staten Island Live 

Woman claims apnea made her sleep on job, sues Staten Island University Hospital over firing

In 2015, the woman told the hospital and the union that she suffers from Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, which she was diagnosed with in 2012, and asked the union to file a grievance on her behalf, said the lawsuit. But the union refused, she claims. … (click headline for more)



Dateline: December 11, 2017 from Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

Differences in Sleep Patterns and Problems by Race in a Clinical Sample of Black and White Preschoolers

In contrast to community-based research, Black and White children showed similar sleep patterns. However, there were differences by race in referral questions and diagnoses.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 8, 2017 from

Octavia Spencer used to snack on peanut butter in her sleep

Octavia added that she never told her roommate about her sleep disorder as she was ‘too embarrassed.’(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 10, 2017 from Inscriber Magazine

Two Common Sleep Issues Associated With A Bad Mattress

Sleep issues like insomnia, sleep apnea, poor circulation, early waking, and restlessness are often attributed to a bad mattress.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 8, 2017 from Women’s Health Magazine

The Huge Issue That’s Secretly Screwing With Your Emotional And Physical Health

[A] full 88 percent of women are regularly not sleeping through the night, per a survey of 1,500 women ages 18 to 55 conducted by Women’s Health, the American Sleep Association, and Thrive Global, a wellness company founded by Arianna Huffington. Nearly a third say they never get a solid, uninterrupted night of shut-eye. That’s right: never.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 11, 2017 from Business Mirror

Tempur taps athletes in new global campaign

‘[Serena Williams] has been a Tempur user for over 10 years,’ shared Simon Walsh, senior vice president of Tempur-Sealy International Inc., during a recent press event at the Tempur showroom in Ayala Malls The 30th. Walsh added, ‘The campaign demonstrates the unique power of quality sleep, which really has helped fuel Serena in terms of the ability to recover from training.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 11, 2017 from The Sleep Doctor

Sleep violence happens more often than you think

Violence during sleep isn’t common, but it’s also not extremely rare. Estimates indicate that approximately 1.7 to 2 percent of the population experiences some form of sleep-related violent behavior.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 13, 2017 from Sleep Review

Boston’s Middle and High Schoolers Get Later School Start Times for 2018-19 School Year

Of the district’s 125 schools, 105 will have new bell times next year.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 14, 2017 from Fox 13

New PTSD treatment could help regulate sleep

Luke was diagnosed with PTSD. An online ad led him to a clinical trial testing Tonmya, an experimental medication containing the active ingredient cyclobenzaprine. Cyclobenzaprine is also in Flexeril a drug used to treat muscle spasms.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 12, 2017 from MedGadget

GO2SLEEP Wearable Sleep Tracker Capable of Detecting Sleep Apnea

GO2SLEEP is not FDA approved to be used as a diagnostic test for sleep apnea. Users still need to consult with their healthcare providers to reach a definitive conclusion. Also, since GO2SLEEP cannot directly measure airflow or respiratory effort, it is unable to differentiate between the main two types of sleep apnea, obstructive versus central. … (click headline for more)



Dateline: December 13, 2017 from Winston Salem Journal 

Keys to keeping warm on cold camping nights

When preparing for bed, campers should reserve a base layer, whether synthetic or wool, just for sleeping, Pulsfort said.(click headline for more)



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