Sleep News Weekly || February 2, 2018: 60 million sleepless Mexicans, Hollywood calls out film set sleep deprivation, sleep paralysis story, more

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

Actors cry foul on overworking producers and directors who seem to encourage drowsy driving; Mexico is sleepless; can this pillow really prevent you from snoring?; women who work night shift suffer from sleep problems; 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. 
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Dateline: January 27, 2018 from Yucatan Times (Mexico)

Study says sixty million Mexicans do not sleep enough

In Mexico, the number of ‘sleep experts’ (somnologists) is less than 200, ten of them with international certification granted by the European Sleep Research Society. However, in our country, sleep medicine is practically unknown, even among the medical community itself. ‘The health sector in Mexico, has not been given the due importance to sleeping sicknesses,’ says Javier Velázquez Moctezuma, director the Clinic of Sleep Disorders of the Metropolitan Autonomous University, Iztapalapa Campus in Mexico City, who is a specialist in the topic..(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 29, 2018 from Pharmiweb (NY)

New York & Atlantic Railway Starts Sleep Apnea Program

Nearly 40 NYA locomotive engineers and conductors in New York City and Long Island, New York will be screened for OSA and, if needed, will receive treatment under the support and care of the railway’s medical team. … (click headline for more)



Dateline: January 27, 2018 from The Washington Post

A prisoner in my own body: This is what it’s like to have sleep paralysis

Jennifer Hassan: “I woke up a few hours later, feeling cold. As I went to pull the blankets up around me, I realized I couldn’t move. I began to panic. What was happening to me? Why was my body paralyzed? I tried to lift my arms: Nothing. My head was cemented to the pillow, my body embedded, frozen.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 31, 2018 from Sleep Review

Thorne Launches Home Urine Test for Sleep That Measures Melatonin and Cortisol Levels

The Sleep Test costs $250 and analyzes urine taken 4 times in 24 hours (nighttime, morning, daytime, and evening) for melatonin (specifically the melatonin metabolite 6-sulphatoxymelatonin) and cortisol. …’If melatonin never rises properly at night or if production is disrupted by light or other factors, you may experience symptoms of sleep deprivation,’ the Thorne site says. ‘Low levels of melatonin in the evening/night are related to the following symptoms: difficulty falling asleep at night, waking up during the night, waking up too early, fatigue, not feeling rested, and daytime tiredness or sleepiness. On the other hand, if your levels of melatonin are higher than the normal range in the morning/daytime, you may experience fatigue, grogginess, or reduced core body temperature.’(click headline for more)



Dateline: February 1, 2018 from Deadline

Hollywood’s Grueling Hours & Drowsy-Driving Problem: Crew Members Speak Out Despite Threat To Careers

‘The threats made to my career when speaking out, the [production managers] who refused to get hotel rooms for crews after these long hours and allowed us to drive home, the producers who pushed for this … I have lots of stories and far too many near-death moments that were deemed acceptable by productions over the past 18 years,” said Adam Bocknek, an assistant director who has worked in both film and TV. He said he is speaking up now to try to initiate true change after being injured himself. “Every study has shown that a lack of sleep is really dangerous for you. Every study says it, but the film industry chooses to ignore them. To me, that is unconscionable.’ … (click headline for more)



Dateline: January 31, 2018 from Upsalla University via Science Daily

Pulling an all-nighter impairs working memory in women

A team of sleep scientists now demonstrates that acute sleep loss impacts working memory differently in women and men.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 24, 2018 from Geek

Slumberdown Makes Smart Pillow For Your Dumb, Snoring-Filled Sleep

How does this pillow cut back on snoring? The pillow’s unique S shape props your head up in a way that opens airways, reducing noisy struggles for breath.(click headline for more)



Dateline: February 1, 2018 from ADDitude

Seriously, Why Won’t My Teen Sleep?

Your teen would love nothing more than to stay up all night playing video games or reading a fantasy novel. But the truth is, sleep deprivation makes ADHD symptoms exponentially worse — and can have other negative health effects, too. Here’s how to make sure your teen has quality bedtime.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 29, 2018 from NBC 2

Health Matters: Why Snoring Could Cause Health Concerns

If you snore at night doctors say you could face a long list of health concerns. When you fall into a deep sleep, your body relaxes, decreasing your muscle tone. ‘When your muscle tone decreases there is more chance of the airway collapsing on you,’ said Dr. Abusayeed Feroz, a pulmonologist with Lee Health..(click headline for more)



Dateline: February 1, 2018 from Health Care News

Realtors Make Blankets for Children at Shriners Hospital

The blankets are to be delivered to the hospital in mid-February. Children are invited to take their new blankets home with them when they are released from the hospital.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 30, 2018 from Newswise

Specific Neurons Trigger Waking Due to Inhaled Carbon Dioxide

Findings in mice may have implications for improving sleep apnea treatment, and preventing SIDS and sudden unexpected death due to epilepsy (SUDEP).(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 31, 2018 from Sleep Review

HST Hits Home: Jacalyn Nelson, MD

SSM Health currently uses CleveMed’s SleepView Direct for home sleep testing. The company sends the HST directly to the patient’s home, and, once the test is complete, CleveMed’s sleep staff does a first pass. If that data is deemed acceptable, it is passed along to the referring physician for interpretation. … (click headline for more)



Dateline: January 26, 2018 from Women’s Health

‘I Tried Light Therapy And It Made A Huge Difference In My Life’

Lauren Bedosky: “[E]xposure to natural light may affect the secretion of serotonin, a neurochemical that helps regulate mood, Bea says. This effect makes light therapy a common solution for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or ‘winter blues.’ I’m a Minnesota gal, used to dark, dreary winters, so the potential mood boost definitely sounded attractive to me.(click headline for more)




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