Sleep News Weekly || Jan 12, 2018: Global Sleep Health Edition

The special edition focuses on global sleep health, specifically focusing on news from Asia and Europe.

Councilwoman resigns over restless leg condition; Queen Elizabeth’s jet lag secret; sleep breakthrough in Germany; Iceland sleep research focuses on sleep apnea; Canadian labs undergo new accreditation standards; noise pollution addressed in India; sleep innovation supported by Danish government; drowsy driving and transportation safety fixes found in South Korea; more global sleep health news.

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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

Curator’s note: In January, SHC offers special editions as the result of sorting through the riches of sleep news headlining from just before the end of the year into 2018.

  • Jan 12: Global Sleep Health Edition (News from beyond the US)
  • Jan 19: How America Sleeps Edition (News from the fifty states)
  • Jan 26: Special Populations Edition (Sleep news for women, seniors, children, people of color, the chronically ill, and more)

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Dateline: January 5, 2018 from CNN

How parents tackle bedtime around the world

[D]ifferences in children’s bedrooms around the world can be striking, as in Venice-based photographer James Mollison’s photo series “Where Children Sleep,” which has been adapted into a book. Though it has been nearly seven years since the series was published, the photographs still spark conversation as they turn a lens to bedtime around the globe.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 8, 2018 from CBC

Alberta’s unregulated sleep apnea clinics face new standards

‘The quality of care issues [are] disastrous,’ said Dr. Charles Samuels, medical director of the Calgary-based Centre for Sleep and Human Performance and president of the Canadian Sleep Society, an organization that promotes sleep disorders medicine and education. ‘We’re seeing terrible problems and poor treatment that should never occur.’(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 4, 2018 from CTV News Calgary

Technology developed in Calgary uses motorized mouthpieces to assess needs of sleep apnea patients

Calgary-based Zephyr Sleep Technologies has developed the MATRx Plus. Patients with sleep apnea take home the testing device for several nights and it determines what they require and if a dental device would work for them.(click headline for more)

 Dateline: December 28, 2017 from Calgary Herald

Calgary sleep specialist helping maximize athletes’ performances

Amy Bender, Clinical Program Director Athletic Services for Centre For Sleep and Human Performance [with client Olympic speedskater Gilmore Junio] developed a first-of-its-kind online tool that accurately identifies sleep disturbances in elite athletes and recommends effective treatment plans, ultimately improving their athletic performance.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 22, 2017 from The Globe and Mail

Fatigue may have played role in crash that killed Quebec Mountie during border crossings surge

[A]fter the accident the RCMP ordered officers coming from cities such as Drummondville and Trois-Rivières to ‘sleep in place’ in a local hotel between shifts. Many had been commuting home. …’It wouldn’t have changed anything for Richer Dubuc who lived in the area, but it showed they were aware fatigue could have been a concern,’ Constable Bilodeau said. ‘They knew they had possibly lost one to falling asleep at the wheel and they weren’t going to let it happen again. It was the responsible thing to do.’(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 9, 2018 from BBC News

’10-dummy trick’ to help baby sleep a social media hit

Laura Gerson and her partner Steve Martin, from Canvey Island, Essex, put the dummies in daughter Amelia’s cot to help her sleep. After posting the tip on parenting website The Motherload, they received praise from parents around the world on social media.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 9, 2018 from Liverpool Echo

Lorry driver caused smash when he drove on wrong side of motorway after falling asleep

The court heard he has since been diagnosed with sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder which can cause people to feel tired during the day.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 9, 2018 from University of Sussex via EurekAlert!

Potentially life-saving health monitor technology designed by Sussex University physicists

Professor Alan Dalton, from the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences: “In the laboratory we have created a sensor that has the potential to drastically improve early detection of life-threatening symptoms such as sleep apnea or cardiac arrhythmia, where constant monitoring with conventional equipment is challenging outside of the hospital environment.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 8, 2018 from York Press

Former mayor Sonja Crisp reveals reasons for her resignation

Cllr Crisp announced she would stand down from her role as Holgate councillor on Friday, and her decision was due in part to a neurological condition, Willis-Ekbom disease. Also known as restless leg syndrome, the disorder means sufferers’ limbs do not stop moving, and Cllr Crisp said she had been managing the condition for about 15 years.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 23, 2017 from Moneyish

This is what Queen Elizabeth does to beat jet lag—and other ways to avoid it this holiday travel season

The 91-year-old monarch has traveled to almost 120 countries throughout her reign and through it all, has used a hard candy known as ‘barley sugar’ as a cure.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 20, 2017 from Yorkshire Evening Post

Leeds great grandmother died after being struck by driver who fell asleep at wheel, inquest told

A DRIVER who apparently fell asleep at the wheel before his car crashed into a retired Leeds hospital worker at a bus stop did not face prosecution because he was suffering from an undiagnosed sleep disorder, an inquest heard.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 28, 2017 from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Breakthrough in sleep research

“’Our new method makes it possible to collect objective information on the sleep characteristics and phases exhibited by individuals outside the usual laboratory setting, using a simple recording and analysis technique. With this approach the whole world becomes a sleep laboratory,’ says [Professor Till Roenneberg, who heads the Human Chronobiology Group at the Institute of Medical Psychology at LMU].(click headline for more)




Dateline: January 5, 2018 from SLEEP

Recognizable Clinical Subtypes of OSA across a Worldwide Sleep Center Population: A Cluster Analysis

A prior study in Iceland identified three distinct clinical clusters of obstructive sleep apnea patients—disturbed sleep,  minimally symptomatic and excessively sleepy. Using a clinical sample of patients with moderate-severe sleep apnea recruited from across the world as part of the Sleep Apnea Global Interdisciplinary Consortium, this study both replicates the original three clusters within a new Icelandic sample and expands on these clusters within a more ethnically diverse population. Establishing the robustness of these clinical phenotypes is crucial for future research examining the impact of disease clusters on treatment response and personalized obstructive sleep apnea management.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 9, 2018 from The Quint

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah Caught Sleeping on Stage, Again

This is not the first time Siddaramaiah has dozed off at a public event. According to Asianet, in May, last year, the CM was found sleeping at a press conference and had to be alerted by Congress leader Lakshmi Hebbalkar. According to an old report by NDTV, in 2016, Siddarmaiah fell asleep during an Indian Science Congress function, which was also attended by PM Narendra Modi. The report added that the CM appeared to be fast asleep during three public functions in 2014. It also cited regional media as saying that Siddaramaiah has a sleep disorder which he had tried to cure with yoga.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 3, 2018 from Times of India

Father who branded his 8 years old daughter for wetting the bed, was taken into custody

A day after the issue of a father branding his daughter with a hot rod in Tukramgate came to light; the father disclosed to police that he resorted to such violent action since his eight-year-old daughter was wetting the bed whenever she sleeps.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 20, 2017 from Press Trust of India

HC anguished over noise pollution in UP

Reiterating that the right to live in freedom from noise pollution and the right to sleep were two facets of Article 21 of the Constitution (right to life and personal liberty), the bench cautioned the officials, saying if their affidavits were not filed till the next hearing, they would have to appear in person before it.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 22, 2017 from The Daily Telescope

NightBalance Obtains Reimbursement in the Netherlands for its Innovative Sleep Apnea Therapy

NightBalance, a leader in innovative obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) therapies, today announced that the Dutch National Health Care Institute (ZIN) issued a positive recommendation to include its sleep apnea therapy for reimbursement. The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport will formally approve inclusion of the SPT® following ZIN’s recommendation.(click headline for more)


Dateline: January 9, 2018 from Pulse News

Korea to commercialize drowsy driving warning system for buses this year

The system identifies drowsy driving based on the driver’s eyes and pupil activities, lane changes and zigzag driving and then activates strong vibration on the waist band worn by the driver. The authorities will launch a second round of pilot programs by April to fix bugs and increase functional safety.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 22, 2017 from Korea JoongAng Daily

This car can save drowsy drivers

[T]he company had to develop two key technologies for the system: a driver status warning system and driver awareness warning system. The first involves a camera inside the vehicle that monitors the condition of the driver by detecting the movement of his or her eyes. The latter tracks the vehicle’s movement on the road with a front-facing camera and sensor that monitor whether the car is straying outside of designated lanes.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 22, 2017 from Yonhap News Agency

SK files new sleep disorder drug application with FDA

SK Biopharmaceuticals Co. and Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc have jointly developed a new drug named SKL-N05 to treat sleep disorders and recently filed an application for approval to sell the new medicine, the South Korean company said in a statement.(click headline for more)

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