Sleep News Weekly || Dec 8, 2017: BC diesel spill caused by sleepy sailor, America’s racial sleep gap, how to sleep on a plane, more

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

Is Rihanna a short sleeper or does she practice poor sleep hygiene?; new baby “sock” can track infant vitals during sleep; Florence Nightingale knew about light and circadian rhythms; 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 1, 2017 from CBC (Canada)

Sailor on watch admits ‘I fell asleep’ in report on fuel spill off B.C. coast

A crewmember who fell asleep during his watch was likely responsible for the grounding of a tug that caused thousands of litres of fuel to spill into the waters off Bella Bella, B.C., according to an American government safety agency.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 5, 2017 from Trib Live (Pennsylvania)

Philips launches into total sleep care at new Pittsburgh Innovation Center

[Sleep and respiratory conglomerate] Philips is looking at 2.3 billion nights worth of sleep data in an effort to help its customers sleep better. …The company has bulked up on software engineers and is seeking to work with artificial intelligence researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, company officials told the Tribune-Review. … (click headline for more)



Dateline: December 7, 2017 from KSDK 

New law boosts oversight of truck drivers

[Electronic logging devices, or ELDs] will be mandatory for truckers around the country starting Dec. 18. The devices use GPS to mandate drivers take a 30 minute break within the 11 hours of drive time allowed in a 14 hour work day. …Replacing the usual paper logs, industry safety advocates say they’ll make rest stops more of a priority. …’Paper logs, you can play with them, you can make them do what you want them to,’ said Randy Steward, a longtime trucker. ‘But these, you can’t cheat these.’ … (click headline for more)



Dateline: December 2, 2017 from WFPL

Strange Fruit: America’s Racial ‘Sleep Gap’

[A] new op-ed by Emory University Professor Benjamin Reiss says there’s a disparity at play that you might not even have thought about: sleep. …Turns out, race shapes our sleep—and the reasons stretch deep into our country’s history. Reiss joins us this week to explain why, and what we can do about it.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 6, 2017 from The Ladders

The 6 most dangerous sleeping habits for professionals

Sleep expert Sabrina Magid-Katz: “Sleep is a time for cell regeneration, hormonal regulation, memory consolidation, and psychological regrouping. Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep can have severe consequences both in and out of the workplace. … (click headline for more)



Dateline: December 1, 2017 from Claims Journal 

NTSB Says Enforcement of Ag Transport Safety Laws Ineffective

The National Transportation Safety Board issued findings and recommendations after a probe into a 2016 crash near St. Marks, Florida, that left four dead, and dozens more injured after a bus carrying migrant workers ran a stop sign and was struck by a tractor-trailer. …The 56-year-old driver of the farmworkers’ bus was likely suffering from sleep deprivation, the board found. It added the driver missed signs at an intersection where roadwork was being carried out that an ‘alert and attentive’ driver would have recognized. … (click headline for more)



Dateline: December 1, 2017 from Sleep Review

New Vanda Pharmaceuticals’ Abstracts Suggest Circadian Components of Major Depressive Disorder

In ‘Differences in the timing of melatonin secretion between African American and Caucasian patients with major depressive disorder,’ Joseph Hull, PhD, and team found that melatonin secretion in patients who have major depressive disorder occurs earlier in African Americans than in Caucasians. ‘Circadian physiology has been hypothesized to play a role in the etiology of major depression and may affect symptom expression and response to treatment,’ the authors wrote, adding that the role of their observation in the pathophysiology and treatment of major depressive disorder ‘would need to be further investigated.’(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 7, 2017 from DNA

Why RiRi’s sleeping pattern is a wake-up call for us!

All work and short sleep may work for Rihanna, but it’s far from ideal. In Vogue Paris’ December issue, the singer and style icon, went on to proudly share, ‘I only sleep three or four hours a night,’ adding that she spends the rest of the time binge-watching documentaries and shows. RiRi is clearly not getting enough shut-eye, and belongs to a growing tribe of professionals labelled short sleepers for their sleeping pattern.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 4, 2017 from Travel+Leisure

You’ve Been Sleeping on Planes All Wrong

White highlights three key environmental factors which will affect the quality of your sleep, no matter what class you fly: light, noise and temperature. How you handle these three factors will help you sleep better on the plane, even if your seat doesn’t recline.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 4, 2017 from The West Australian

Doctors urged to ask about kids’ sleep

Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute examined the complex two-way relationship between sleep problems and behavioural difficulties in almost 5000 preschoolers about to start school, from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Study participants were followed up five times from ages four to five and 12-13 years.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 6, 2017 from

Mavs receive sleep fuel they need to compete at highest level

As players have become more aware of the significant advantages new technologies can afford their body, it’s almost easy to forget about the most crucial element of recovery there is: sleep. It wasn’t long ago that [Mavs center Dirk] Nowitkzi would sleep 10 or 11 hours every night. But now that he’s a father of three young children, the 39-year-old legend has to scrape together as many hours as he can find. Seven is the goal.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 6, 2017 from

Shhhh! Patients Are Sleeping

Besides sleep disruptions, high noise levels in hospitals can change patients’ heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. These, in turn, boost stress levels and may slow healing, said Busch-Vishniac, of BeoGrin Consulting in Baltimore.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 1, 2017 from Sleep Health

Motivational factors associated with drowsy driving behavior: a qualitative investigation of college students

This qualitative investigation sought to identify the motivational factors that contribute to drowsy driving in college students and to discover important messaging strategies that may help prevent or reduce this behavior in this population.” … (click headline for more)



Dateline: December 1, 2017 from Science Daily

Brain is still ‘connected’ during non-REM sleep

[Umberto Olcese, a researcher from the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences of the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)] and the rest of the research team (which involved researchers from the European CANON project and that was led by Prof. Cyriel Pennartz, who participates in the European Flagship Human Brain Project) have discovered that not all forms of communication within the cerebral cortex are lost during non-REM sleep. Specifically, correlations are preserved between neurons located within individual regions and between some subpopulations of neurons located in different cerebral areas.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 4, 2017 from PR Newswire

New Findings: Superior Home-Monitoring Technology Improves Usability, Care Access, and Reduces Parental Anxiety in Newborns

The Owlet Smart Sock uses pulse oximetry technology to track a baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels, designed to notify parents if those levels fall outside the preset zone. This technology has been miniaturized and made wireless, worn as a ‘sock'” on a baby’s foot while sleeping. … (click headline for more)



Dateline: December 3, 2017 from Center for Environmental Therapeutics

Sunlight Is the Best Medicine

What [Florence] Nightingale observed more than a century ago, modern science has now proven. Sunlight reaching the eyes can reset a person’s circadian rhythms, enabling a healthier sleep-wake cycle and better healing. And it can be deployed strategically to treat mood disorders in particular.(click headline for more)



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