Sleep News Weekly || Jan 19, 2018: The United States of Sleep Special Edition

This special edition focuses on "The United States of Sleep," though we can't guarantee either unity or sleep, sadly.

Sleep health news from across the United States. Includes links to content from Alabama, California, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

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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 17, 2018 from Advanced Cardiovascular

When the flu strikes, sleep is your best friend

Follow these tips to maximize your sleep regimen during a case of the flu.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 16, 2018 from HME News

CPAP Store eyes 50 retail stores by 2020

‘The growing CPAP-user community is expanding and becoming a great niche for those interested in franchising, helping us to expand our reach and help those in need,’ said Marina Beryan, spokeswoman and ambassador of CPAP Store USA.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 16, 2018 from MedicineNet

Is Obesity Slowing Gains in U.S. Life Spans?

‘Obesity is the biggest cause of type 2 diabetes, and it promotes all of the risk factors that cause heart disease, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol,’ said [Dr. Mitchell Rosen, chief of obesity surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City], who wasn’t involved with the study. ‘Obesity also promotes sleep apnea, which is a leading cause of sudden death and motor vehicle accidents,’ he added. ‘Obesity affects every organ system in the body.’(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 16, 2018 from Sleep Review

AASM’s New “American Alliance for Healthy Sleep” Now Recruiting Members

‘The American Alliance for Healthy Sleep is a collaboration between patients, providers, and others who have an interest in promoting healthy sleep,’ says AAHS chair Patti Van Landingham, who has been living with narcolepsy for decades, in a release. ‘Our goal is to improve patient care and raise public awareness by uniting people who have all sleep disorders to advocate for one another.’(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 16, 2018 from Sleep Review

Editor’s Message: What Is the “National Bedtime”?

If we were to declare a ‘national bedtime,’ what would work for many Americans? 11:40 pm, according to Sleep Cycle, which recorded 20 minutes before midnight as the average time Americans go to bed. The average wake-up time was recorded as 7:08 am. This is an overall increase in time in bed by 4 minutes when compared to Sleep Cycle’s 2016 results.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 9, 2018 from WebMD

CDC: Too Many Babies Still Die Needlessly of SIDS

Analyzing data from the states, the CDC found that parents continue to practice unsafe habits that have been associated with sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). These practices contribute to about 3,500 sleep-related deaths of U.S. babies every year, according to the CDC.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 27, 2017 from Yellowhammer News

If you live in parts of Alabama, you are likely sleep-deprived … and courting disease or death

Alabamians report getting “short sleep” in larger numbers than in many parts of the country, according to the most recent data available from the CDC.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 11, 2018 from Business Weekly

California wakes up to Cambridge sleep aid technology

Sommetrics’ aerSleep applies negative external air pressure to the outside of the neck by means of a soft collar, to gently move the tissue and tongue forward and prevent airway collapse. This approach avoids the need for a face-worn mask, helping to improve user comfort.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 4, 2018 from Digital Journal

Covina Dentist, Dr. Elsherif, Comments on the Study Showing the Effects of Sleep Apnea Treatment on Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that is characterized by seizures. About one out of 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy during their lifetime, and about 150,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. Poor quality sleep can trigger seizures and is known to increase both the frequency and severity of seizures.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 21, 2017 from CISION PRWeb

Del Rey Sinus & Allergy Institute Among First Clinics In the U.S. to Use Breakthrough, Non-invasive Nasal Device

Rhinitis, or inflammation of the nasal membrane, affects around 25 million people, and causes blockage of nasal passages and overproduction of mucus. For patients whose rhinitis causes severe congestion or other conditions, it can lead to disruption of sleep and serious health consequences. The ClariFix device allows the physician to deliver cryotherapy to the back of the patient’s nose using a tiny balloon attached to the end of a wand. Freezing destroys and shrinks the inflamed tissue, providing lasting symptom relief in the patient.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 17, 2018 from Independent

Donald Trump’s doctor says he only sleeps four to five hours each night – and there could be a scientific reason why

Short sleepers, a group The Wall Street Journal once called the ‘sleepless elite,’ need only a short amount of sleep every night instead of the average seven to eight hours. Scientists estimate those individuals make up only about 1% of the population. It is not known whether Trump falls into this group.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 23, 2017 from Orlando Sentinel

UCF center Jordan Johnson treasures gift of sleep, anchors Knights’ powerful offensive line

Johnson said he had [UCF director of sports medicine Mary] Vander Heiden ordered him a device called a CPAP, an abbreviated term for continuous positive airway pressure, to help Johnson sleep at night. The device, which has a mask attached, pumps more oxygen into his nose at night, which allows him to fall into a deeper—and more productive—sleep.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 21, 2017 from Florida Today

Sleep study: Florida among worst places for a snooze

The company was able to peg where users sleep the best and worst. Florida came in at No. 2 among the worst places for sleep, and Miami and Orlando were named the top two worst cities for sleep quality.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 16, 2018 from Hypersomnia Foundation

The Hypersomnia Foundation Is Excited to Formally Launch Our New Website!

For the first time visitor or casual researcher, we strove to create a homepage that provides a straightforward description of idiopathic hypersomnia and gives an overview of the work of [Atlanta-based] HF. Our site is designed to be user-friendly, and the drop down menus along the top are designed to help readers locate information quickly.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 19, 2017 from The Daily Herald

U.S. Attorney: Wheeling company made millions from Medicare fraud

The suit alleges Raviv directed SNAP to submit claims for Medicare recipients’ second and third nights of home sleep testing when the company knew only one night of testing was needed. Non-Medicare beneficiaries typically received only one night of testing, authorities said. …’SNAP’s business model also relied on several unlawful kickback schemes, which incentivized physicians and their staffs to refer all of their home sleep testing services to SNAP,’ federal authorities said in an announcement of the lawsuit Tuesday.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 6, 2018 from High Plains Public Radio

Little Spouse On The Prairie: More Snores

Valerie Brown-Kuchera: “Today I am going to fill you in a bit more about my jack-of-all-snores, Joel.  Lest you think that the Andy Griffith theme song whistle is the only type of snore Joel exhibits, let me just tell you, he has a repertoire of noises that he emits after hours.  I am going to expand on the intervention I tried with the essential oils and then introduce you to the edge trimmer snore and the Bell X-1 snore.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 2, 2018 from Baltimore Sun

Baltimore urges homeless indoors during extreme cold

Terry Hickey, director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Services, said the agency is sending crews out to encourage the estimated 600 people sleeping on Baltimore streets on any given night to use one of the more than 1,000 shelter beds available.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 13, 2018 from CrowdRise

WAKE UP NARCOLEPSY INC’s Fundraiser: Wake Up Narcolepsy 2018 Boston Marathon Team

The funds raised by Wake Up Narcolepsy through the 2018 John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program will be donated directly to Narcolepsy researchers working to gain a deeper understanding of this serious medical disorder in order to improve the lives of those suffering from Narcolepsy.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 3, 2018 from Sleep Review

Performance Sleep to Support Boston Celtics in Upcoming London Game

Maximizing recovery time is a shared value between Bedgear and the Celtics, and this partnership aims to elevate the conversation, emphasizing the importance of personalized fit on improving sleep environment and creating the ability to achieve more—both on and off the court. The announcement comes soon before the Celtics NBA London Game at The O2 Arena on  January 11, 2018, when sleep and recovery will be top-of-mind for the team and staff, to compensate for the change in time zone and travel disruption to the players’ usual regimen.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 21, 2017 from PE HUB

DWHP invests in CPAP cleaning device maker SoClean

DW Healthcare Partners (“DWHP”), a healthcare-focused private equity firm, is pleased to announce an investment in SoClean, Inc. (“SoClean”) of Oxford, Massachusetts. SoClean offers a direct-to-consumer in-home cleaning device for CPAP machines that improves health outcomes and quality of life for those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (“OSA”) and other sleep disorders.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 10, 2018 from Sleep Review

Avadel Receives Orphan Drug Designation for Once Nightly Sodium Oxybate Narcolepsy Treatment

[Missouri-based] Avadel Pharmaceuticals plc has been granted Orphan Drug Designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for FT 218 for the treatment of narcolepsy.  …FT 218 is a once-nightly formulation of sodium oxybate using Avadel’s proprietary Micropump technology. It is currently undergoing testing in a Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and cataplexy in patients suffering from narcolepsy. The designation has been granted on the plausible hypothesis that FT 218 may be clinically superior to the same drug already approved for the same indication because FT 218 may be safer due to ramifications associated with the dosing regimen of the previously-approved product.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 14, 2018 from Sleep Junkies

CES 2018 – A roundup of this year’s new sleep-tech

The Consumer Electronics Show is the world’s biggest tech-fair and last year we reported on the launch of the Sleep-Tech MarketPlace, a new exhibition area within CES devoted exclusively to sleep technology. This year amongst the 4000-plus exhibitors at CES 2018, vendors continue to celebrate the growth in the sleep technology sector, showcasing a wide range of sleep and relaxation products.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 12, 2018 from 3 NEWS Las Vegas

Driver killed, two passengers injured in rollover crash near Snow Mountain, US 95

Investigators believe the driver may have been drowsy driving at the time of the crash.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 11, 2018 from Health Populi

Sleepless in America: Prescribing Sleep at CES 2018

Why is sleep seeing such a huge influx on the consumer tech-supply side? Because there’s growing, mainstream recognition that good sleep is a key determinant of health, decreasing risks for obesity and overweight, contributing to mental wellness, and boosting personal productivity and alertness.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 21, 2017 from

Why Do Humans Sleep in 8-Hour Cycles?

Clocks had existed since the ancient world, but when Levi Hutchins of New Hampshire in 1787 fashioned the first mechanical alarm clock specifically to rouse him for work, it marked a new understanding of the relationship between sleep and labor.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 11, 2018 from

Federal officials to announce cause of fatal Hoboken train crash next month

Efforts to reduce driver fatigue are among the National Transportation Safety Board’s most-wanted safety improvements. The board blamed the problem for the June 2014 New Jersey Turnpike crash in Cranbury that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed fellow comedian James McNair.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 4, 2018 from San Francisco Chronicle

APNewsBreak: New Jersey Transit director to step down

New Jersey Transit Executive Director Steven Santoro will announce he’s leaving the agency in April. Santoro, an 18-year agency employee, was named executive director of the nation’s second-largest commuter railroad in October 2016, two weeks after an NJ Transit train crashed at Hoboken Terminal, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others. The engineer in the crash was found to have undiagnosed sleep apnea. Before the crash, NJ Transit had allowed engineers with the disorder to keep working as long as they were being treated. Santoro changed that policy to require engineers and conductors who show indications of potential fatigue symptoms to be removed until they can document they’ve controlled or corrected their conditions.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 11, 2018 from Poughkeepsie Journal

Congress members press regulators on train control

An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board determined engineer William Rockefeller had fallen asleep at the controls. He was later diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 8, 2018 from Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Drowsy driving dangerous to all drivers is dedicated to improving roadway safety by reducing the incidence of drowsy driving through education and research. The goal is to raise awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving, help individuals realize their own level of sleepiness, and promote healthy strategies to reduce drowsy driving in New York State.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 5, 2018 from The New York Times

How Howard Bloom, Writer and Former Publicist, Spends His Sundays

Howard Bloom: “When I was fighting chronic fatigue syndrome, one of the first symptoms was insomnia. Eventually it occurred to me that my body was trying to tell me something. It didn’t want to sleep the normal routine eight hours.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 28, 2017 from

On-time performance goals blinded Metro-North to troubles ahead

In the Spuyten Duyvil derailment that killed Lovell, engineer William Rockefeller had fallen asleep at the controls of a train going 82 mph along a curve marked for 30 mph.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 27, 2017 from

Four years after Spuyten Duyvil, Metro-North struggles to find its way

‘Concern for safety has influenced every decision we make, and have made in recent years,’ Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan said. ‘Our focus on safety was the impetus behind our implementation of automatic speed enforcement at curves and bridges, the enhanced employee protection system, adoption of the confidential close-call reporting system, systemwide roll-out of alerters, sleep apnea screening, safety stand-downs, and more.’(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 15, 2018 from WBTV

Can’t get baby to sleep? Try the Millette Method

There’s a method one North Carolina woman is teaching families here and elsewhere to help everyone, baby included, get a restful night’s sleep!(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 11, 2018 from Technician

OPINION: College should have a preset block of time for classes

Shivani Shirolkar, North Carolina State University: “There’s a lot of scope for this uneven balance to wreck your sleep schedule, which, to be honest, is already messed up for the average college student. Sleep deprivation causes daytime fatigue, which can hinder your academic performance.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 4, 2018 from MedGadget

DreamPort Sleep Solution for CPAP Therapy Without a Mask: Interview with Inventor, Bleep CEO Stuart Heatherington

The DreamPort Sleep Solution from Bleep, a North Carolina firm, was invented by Stuart Heatherington, the company’s Founder and CEO. It will soon be made available across the United States, hopefully helping to get more people to use CPAP machines.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 9, 2018 from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philips’ team in Pittsburgh develops technology to help you sleep better

The Philips SmartSleep features a mobile app that the company says responds to a person’s sleep patterns, using customized tones to boost the brain’s slow wave sleep to improve quality of sleep. Slow wave, or deep sleep, combines the third and fourth stages of non-rapid eye movement sleep, which some researchers believe aid in a person’s cerebral restoration and recovery.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 5, 2018 from Defense Video Imagery Distribution System

For Pa. ANG, value of rested, resilient warriors reinforced by local sleep specialist

The 111th Attack Wing here, host to a remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA) unit, conducts a 24/7 mission, requiring shift-work schedules in certain career fields. And like many other military members safeguarding the homeland, Guardsmen here may have a greater potential for developing sleep disorders.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 16, 2018 from Richmond County Daily Journal

McLeod Health offers clinic to treat sleep disorders

At the clinic, patients consult with a sleep specialist to arrange diagnostic tests, determine the appropriate diagnosis and discuss a treatment plan. Should the patient need durable medical equipment, such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, these items will be ordered as needed.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 17, 2018 from Aberdeen News

Ask the Doctors: Man’s injuries from sleep behavior disorder worry wife

The behaviors of RBD [REM Behavior Disorder] range from speaking, shouting and swearing in one’s sleep, to running, leaping, grabbing and punching. Patients report that their dreams are always active, and often violent. Although this time it was your husband who was hurt, those who share a bed with someone with RBD are also at risk of physical injury.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 2, 2018 from

Sioux Falls: A great place to sleep

It makes sense that Sioux Falls is a great place to sleep, as we’ve got a terrific quality of life here. You know life is good when city golf course contracts and lost dogs dominate our local news.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 17, 2018 from Sleep Review

In Houston, Precision Pulmonary Diagnostics Rebrands to Precision Sleep Solutions

Precision Pulmonary Diagnostics LLC, a Houston, Texas-based provider of comprehensive sleep apnea management services, has changed its name to Precision Sleep Solutions as part of the company’s rebranding initiative. Established in 2006, Precision Sleep Solutions provides sleep apnea disease management solutions for the transportation industry.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 16, 2018 from Markets Insider

Millar Mikro-Cath Pressure Catheter Used to Measure Esophageal Pressure in Long-term Sleep Study

The catheter technology supports the physiological component of the study and can be correlated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) along with the evaluation of sleep arousal, muscle responsiveness, loop gain, and air collapsibility. The study will incorporate 400 patients over the next 3 to 4 years. The end goal will be to understand the anatomical and physiological differences in sleep apnea patients with high BMI and those with normal BMI.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 11, 2018 from Sleep Dallas

Dallas 30-Day Sleep Challenge Basics

During this challenge, we’ll focus on evaluating and adjusting a series of environmental and behavioral factors that have a significant impact on sleep. Each week, we’ll assign a mini-challenge to help you address the issues that most find hardest to change or overcome. Starting on January 13, and for each week of the challenge, you can expect to receive several emails per week from us including tips related to our primary areas of focus during the challenge.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 10, 2018 from Houston Chronicle

Houston ISD to push back start times for high schools, middle schools in 2018-19

[N]ext year, Klingensmith and most other Houston ISD high school and middle school students will be able to sleep in. Texas’ largest school district announced Wednesday that it was creating uniform start and release times for the vast majority of its schools starting in the 2018-2019 school year. Elementary schools will start at 7:30 a.m. and will release students at 2:50 p.m. …High and middle schools will begin classes at 8:30 a.m. and will end their school days at 3:50 p.m.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 17, 2018 from Sleep Review

In Salt Lake City, PRA Health Sciences Opens Clinic, Expanding Sleep Disorder Study Capabilities

‘PRA’s investment in early development studies allows us to expand our sleep disorder and pain related studies,’ says Eddie Caffrey, senior vice president, early development services. ‘The new clinic will include an on-site surgical suite equipped for cerebrospinal fluid sampling and post-surgical pain and device implantation allowing us to deliver high quality scientific results.’(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 2, 2018 from Herald Journal

Man sentenced to 365 days in jail over drowsy driving death

‘This isn’t a case of a person who was up and down with a sick child one night or who didn’t get a good night sleep … this man knew he was a risk but chose to get behind the wheel anyway,’ said Cache County Victim Advocate Terryl Warner. ‘Co-workers warned him but he didn’t listen, and as a result, a man died; a man who was a husband and a father of three kids. His family suffers every single day with their loss.’(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 20, 2017 from Washington State University via EurekAlert!

WSU researchers see gene influencing performance of sleep-deprived people

Washington State University researchers have discovered a genetic variation that predicts how well people perform certain mental tasks when they are sleep deprived. Their research shows that individuals with a particular variation of the DRD2 gene are resilient to the effects of sleep deprivation when completing tasks that require cognitive flexibility, the ability to make appropriate decisions based on changing information.(click headline for more)


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