Sleep News Weekly || Jan 26, 2018 Special Edition: Sleep Across the Lifespan

This special edition focuses on how we sleep across our lifetimes

The way we sleep across the continuum of our lives changes depending on age and situation. This special installment focuses on the human lifespan, curating recent news links that reflect the concerns of these key milestones in our sleeping lives: Aging, Menopause, Sandwich Generation, Parenthood, Pregnancy, Fertility, Young Adulthood, Adolescence, Childhood, and the sleep lives of the newly born.

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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


The week, SHC takes readers into home territory, offering sleep news that’s relevant to aging, womens health, fertility, children of all ages, and more.

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.

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Dateline: January 24, 2018 from Medscape

Middle Age Sleep Problems Tied to Cognitive Decline Down the Line

Researchers examined data from four studies of the link between sleep and cognitive function, including two studies that followed almost 3,400 people for more than two decades, starting when they were in their 50s. In these two cohorts, people who suffered from nightmares and insomnia in middle age were more likely to experience cognitive impairment in old age than people who slept just fine earlier on.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 19, 2018 from AlzForum

Skimping on Sleep Makes For More Aβ in the Brain

As described in an Annals of Neurology paper published online December 8, volunteers who were kept awake overnight had a third more Aβ in their CSF by next day, compared with a relative dip seen in people who got a good night’s rest. While the number of participants was small, the study lends new clues to how sleep disruption could hasten a person along the path toward Alzheimer’s disease. ‘Chronic sleep deprivation or disruption could cause elevated concentrations of Aβ that, over time, increase risk of AD,’ Lucey told Alzforum.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 19, 2018 from

Driving home the safety message for older workers

Motor vehicle crashes account for 32 percent of all work-related deaths among workers 55 and older. A number of age-related conditions affect driving behavior. For example, diabetes, which can cause blood sugar levels to spike or drop, can cause sleepiness, dizziness, confusion, seizures, or loss of consciousness.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 19, 2018 from

Does aging cause epiglottis-related obstruction in obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is more common with increases in age, reaching a plateau after age 60.  There are probably many factors that can explain this, but these same soft tissue changes likely play a role.  It appears that the epiglottis can play a role in obstructive sleep apnea by being too large, too floppy, or too mobile, meaning that it is not held firmly in a position to keep the airway open.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 17, 2018 from South Metro Villager

Side effects of sleep apnea include higher risk for Alzheimer’s

While many people may think snoring is a mere nuisance, it actually may be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Over time, apnea can be associated with high blood pressure and increased risks of heart attack, stroke or death, advises WebMD. Now there is new evidence that those with obstructive sleep apnea may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as well. A new study published in the journal Neurology found that people with sleep apnea tended to develop memory problems and other signs of cognitive impairment earlier than people without such sleep disorders.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 15, 2018 from Sleep Health

Burden of disease due to sleep duration and sleep problems in the elderly

Although a large literature exists documenting the morbidity or mortality of suboptimal sleep, fewer investigations have examined the burden of disease in a single number combining morbidity and mortality. This study examined the morbidity, as measured by health-related quality of life (HRQOL), mortality, and quality-adjusted life years (QALY) due to suboptimal (inadequate or excessive) sleep.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 11, 2018 from Medscape

Incontinence Drug May Help Sleep Dysfunction in Older Women

An antimuscarinic agent used to treat urinary incontinence improves sleep quality as well as bladder symptoms in older women, new research shows.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 2, 2018 from WisContext

Poor Sleep Isn’t Inevitable For Older Adults

While sleep difficulties are a common factor in aging, older adults don’t need to resign themselves to a life of poor or erratic sleep, says Steven Barczi, a professor of geriatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. A good night’s sleep is an essential element of good health, and all kinds of decisions a person makes—from exercise and eating habits to what kinds of medications one takes—can help a troubled sleeper get back on track. Barczi detailed the many health and lifestyle factors that impact sleep, and especially that of elderly patients, in a Sept. 15, 2016 talk at the Oakwood Village retirement community on the west side of Madison. His talk was recorded for Wisconsin Public Television’s University Place program.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 9, 2018 from Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism

Relationship between melatonin and bone resorption rhythms in premenopausal women

This study confirms an endogenous circadian rhythm in NTx [the bone resorption marker amino-terminal cross-linked collagen I telopeptide] with a night-time peak when measured under CR [constant routine] conditions, but also confirms that environmental factors such as the sleep-wake or light-dark cycles, posture or meal timing affects overall concentrations and peak timing under ambulatory conditions, the significance of which remains unclear.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 9, 2018 from The Sleep Doctor (Dr. Michael J. Breus)

Sleep and the symptoms of menopause

Poor and disrupted sleep are common symptoms of menopause. Insomnia, and changes to typical sleep patterns, are often an early signal of a woman in perimenopause, who is experiencing changes to estrogen, progesterone and other hormones that influence sleep.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 6, 2018 from The Better Sleep Guide

The Menopause and Insomnia Link – What You Can Do

The loss of estrogen and other hormones associated with the change of life are the root cause of sleepless nights. And while occasionally losing a wink or two of sleep will not have an impact, sleep deprivation over a period of days, weeks or longer can have serious health implications.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 1, 2018 from SLEEP

Effects of Pharmacologic and Nonpharmacologic Interventions on Insomnia Symptoms and Self-reported Sleep Quality in Women With Hot Flashes

The Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health network conducted three randomized clinical trials (RCTs) testing six interventions treating vasomotor symptoms (VMS), and also collected self-reported sleep outcomes. A fourth RCT assessed an intervention for insomnia symptoms among women with VMS. We describe these seven interventions’ effects relative to control in women with comparably severe insomnia symptoms and VMS.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 29, 2017 from Reuters

Short course of talk therapy may improve sleep during menopause

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, ‘is a widely-used, short-term, problem-focused form of behavioral treatment that helps people see the relationship between beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, and subsequent behavior patterns and actions,’ study leader Katherine Guthrie told Reuters Health by email. ‘CBT for insomnia (CBT-I) focuses on behavior around sleep.’ CBT outperformed both exercise and medication, Guthrie and colleagues found.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 23, 2017 from Milwaukee Courier

Tossing, Turning, Sweating and … Snoring? It’s the Unspoken Menopause Symptom

If you’re a woman over 40, you may be a snorer and not even realize it. Or if you know you snore, you may not talk about it with your partner or your doctor. It’s just not ladylike. Yet snoring could have a negative impact on every area of your life.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 11, 2018 from Consumer Affairs

Parents still engaging in risky infant sleep practices, CDC says

Infant deaths due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have reached an annual average of about 3,500 a year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. Although that number represents an overall decrease in the number of sleep-related infant deaths since the 1990s, the CDC says the rate of SIDS deaths is no longer declining. The agency says its new analysis of data suggests parents can do more to prevent accidental deaths from sleep-related causes.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 8, 2018 from Psychology Today

4 Things Every Parent Should Stop Doing Right Now

Far too often, parents minimize the importance of sleep. Whether due to a lax attitude about bedtime or because of the demands of overscheduling, nothing should get in the way of a child getting enough rest. Getting by on a few hours of sleep won’t “toughen up” a child, nor is it an indicator of resilience. Insufficient sleep has a negative impact on behavior; it also compromises mental function and is correlated with weight gain over time.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 2, 2018 from Mindful Parenting

Why I’m Teaching My Girls to Meditate

Just last night my daughter had a terrible nightmare, and she was having a hard time settling down. Rather than asking her about the details of her dream, I just reminded her that they aren’t real, they’re just thoughts. And then we practiced counting her breaths as a way to bring her awareness back to the present moment. It took a few minutes, because the thoughts that come from an exhausted brain can be pretty sticky, but eventually we got her calmed down and back to sleep.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 31, 2017 from Childhood Behavioral Concerns

Getting Kids to Sleep in Their Own Beds

So how do we reverse the cycle once it’s begun? Is it even possible? As miserable as it sounds, the only way to reinstate the former ideal is to, once again, make it the only option. Sleeping with mom/dad cannot be a choice they have.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 19, 2018 from Mayo Clinic

Caregiver stress: Tips for taking care of yourself

Too much stress, especially over a long time, can harm your health. As a caregiver, you’re more likely to experience symptoms of depression or anxiety. In addition, you may not get enough sleep or physical activity, or eat a balanced diet — which increases your risk of medical problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 14, 2018 from Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

Changes in Caregiving Status and Intensity and Sleep Characteristics Among High and Low Stressed Older Women

Study Objective: To examine whether change in caregiving status and intensity among community-dwelling older women was associated with sleep characteristics at follow-up, and whether perceived stress modified these associations.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 18, 2018 from Venture Beat

Vayyar can detect if someone in your home stops breathing

Vayyar has found new uses for its 3D imaging technology, including detecting whether someone in your home has stopped breathing or is suffering from sleep apnea.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 20, 2018 from Romper

Does Ovulation Make You Sleepy? Here’s Why You’re Feeling So Exhausted

Most of the scientific evidence and research surrounds insomnia during your premenstrual time, which, incidentally, begins right after ovulation. At this point, your progesterone levels are rising, and you’ll have drops in your melatonin and cortisol levels. That change in the regulation of your hormones is one of the reasons you might be struggling to sleep, according to Refinery29.”(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 14, 2018 from Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Gestational Diabetes: A Pilot Study of the Role of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in pregnancy is associated with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). This propensity toward heightened insulin resistance in OSA patients has not been well characterized and may be related to dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The aim of this study was to (1) assess the prevalence of OSA in pregnant women with GDM, (2) evaluate whether HPA axis dysregulation relates to OSA, and (3) investigate the relation between insulin resistance and OSA. We hypothesized that OSA is prevalent among pregnant women with GDM and that women with OSA will have higher levels of insulin resistance and dysregulation of the HPA axis.”(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 5, 2018 from Courier Post

What you need to know about low testosterone

Testosterone replacement also can worsen obstructive sleep apnea—a common condition in men with Low T Treatment will tend to be life-long. Once testosterone is replaced, the body will no longer attempt to produce it, leading to testicular atrophy and potential infertility.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 10, 2018 from Verily

When Snoring Creates Actual Problems in Marriage, and What to Do About It

[T]he National Sleep Foundation survey found that nearly 25 percent of couples sleep separately as a result of sleep issues. For many of us searching for lasting love and intimacy, that doesn’t sound like a very romantic prospect. But does snoring really affect marital happiness? The answer is, it can—but it doesn’t have to.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 9, 2018 from Daily Mail

Sweet dreams…? Six different couples are filmed in bed SLEEPING for a very intimate video that documents their nighttime habits

Six couples agreed to be filmed during their sleep as part of a revealing experiment documenting their nighttime habits. All six pairs had cameras recording them in September 2017, and a new video published today by shows footage of their nocturnal behavior as well as comments by the 12 participants to shed further light on the images. Among the recorded behaviors was significant cellphone and tablet use in bed, and, when screens were not involved, some rather noticeable flatulence as well as some sweet cuddling.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 6, 2018 from High Plains Public Radio

Little Spouse On The Prairie: More Snores

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. (click headline for more)

Dateline: December 27, 2017 from Brides

What Is Sexsomnia And How Can It Affect Your Marriage?

[Sexsomnia is] more common than you think. According to some research, as many as 1 in 12 have reported to engaging in some kind of sexual activity while they slept, though not all of those would reach the level of a sexsomnia diagnosis. Interestingly, three quarters of those who said they had engaged in sexual behavior while they were sleeping were men, so it is suggested that they are affected more than women. (click headline for more)



Dateline: January 10, 2018 from Reuters

College students see drowsy driving as legally safe

To improve messaging about drowsy driving, the students said depicting graphic consequences would be effective for young drivers, similar to campaigns against drunk driving. They said particularly gruesome, emotional and realistic depictions of crashes would get their attention and motivate them to change their behaviors. In addition, clever billboards or rotating LED signs that tell drivers to avoid drowsiness at night could be effective.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 18, 2017 from The Star

Young adults’ sleep issues often helped by light therapy

[O]ne reader told The Star her 20-year-old son’s sleep issues go far beyond the ordinary and he can’t fall asleep until the wee hours of the morning — sometimes until 5 a.m. or 7 a.m. That is, after ‘tossing and turning’ for hours each night, she wrote in an email. …As far as the 20-year-old is concerned, [Brian Murray, director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic and head of Neurology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre] said it sounds like he has a ‘phase delay.’ (click headline for more)



Dateline: January 24, 2018 from American Pain Society via NewsWise

Sleep Improves Pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Youth

Previous research has shown that children and adolescents with chronic pain have higher rates of PTSD compared to those without PTSD.  However, evidence suggests that poor sleep is not just a secondary symptom of PTSD but a risk factor for worsening symptoms of the disorder.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 10, 2018 from SLEEP

High Heritability of Adolescent Sleep-Wake Behavior on Free, but not School Days

Adolescence development is characterized by significant changes in sleep biology. Despite an overall decline in sleep duration and a delay in bedtime, significant inter-individual variation in sleep has been reported.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 8, 2018 from Accident: Analysis and Prevention

Driver education: Enhancing knowledge of sleep, fatigue and risky behaviour to improve decision making in young drivers

This study assessed the impact of an education program on knowledge of sleepiness and driving behaviour in young adult drivers and their performance and behaviour during simulated night driving.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 7, 2018 from Williamson Daily News

Keith Davis: Zombie teens struggle due to sleep deprivation

There is a new name for young people who get too little sleep: zombie teens. Many experts in the field have adopted this nickname for them due to their lethargic behavior. Both the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say this phenomenon, a dangerous lack of sleep, has become commonplace in today’s culture and it is considered a gigantic problem among today’s American youth. The symptoms most common with sleep-deprived kids include impaired memory, irritability, anxiety, depression, sluggish behavior, weakened physical performance and weight gain.(click headline for more)



Dateline: January 24, 2018 from UT Southwestern Medical Center via NewsWise

Amid ADHD Spike, Doctors Urge Closer Look at Sleep Issues

At a recent Paris scientific conference, scientists in psychiatry discussed evidence supporting the theory that sleep and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are intertwined. However, some experts caution that more proof is needed to make the association and that many new cases involve children whose sleep disorders cause behaviors that mimic ADHD.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 22, 2018 from SLEEP

Leg Movement Activity during Sleep in School-Age Children and Adolescents

Study Objective: To evaluate leg movement activity during sleep (LMS) in normal school-age children and adolescents, to eventually establish age-specific periodic LMS (PLMS) index thresholds that support the diagnosis of restless legs syndrome (RLS) and to evaluate the utility of other LMS indices.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 16, 2018 from Courier Post

Sleep apnea in kids can be caught at the dentist

Otolaryngologist Dr. P. Todd Rowan: “I have seen many children over the years with enlarged tonsils and adenoids causing sleep disturbances. The problem is usually obstructive sleep apnea, but behavioral issues can sometimes be the reason for the evaluation. The behavioral problems can be the result of sleep apnea causing non-refreshing sleep/fragmented sleep and hyperactivity.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 16, 2018 from Global News

How to deal with night terrors

A child having a night terror may suddenly sit upright in bed, scream out in distress or thrash in his or her sleep. The child may also have faster breathing and a quickened heartbeat, and could break into a sweat. Sleepwalking and talking can also occur with night terrors, and a child could also look at you as if he or she is awake when, in fact, the child is still in a very deep sleep.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 14, 2018 from Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

Polysomnography-Detected Bruxism in Children is Associated With Somatic Complaints But Not Anxiety

Sleep bruxism (SB) is common in children and is associated with somatic symptoms and sleep disturbance. Etiological theories posit the role of anxiety, suggesting youth with anxiety disorders may be at high risk for SB, but empirical data are lacking. Furthermore, parent report rather than polysomnography (PSG) has been used to examine SB-anxiety relationships in children. We examined rates of PSG-detected compared to parent-reported SB in children with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and healthy controls. Associations among SB, somatic complaints, and sleep disturbance were also examined.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 14, 2018 from Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

Sleep Architecture in Children With Common Phenotype of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

In children, the effect of the common phenotype of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) on sleep architecture is not adequately documented. The aim of this study was to evaluate sleep architecture in a pediatric population with the common phenotype of OSA.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 12, 2018 from MedicalXPress

Kids’ sleeping habits disrupted by sneaky media use

Preschoolers who spend more time watching television, playing video games or using computers—especially if they’re sneaky at bedtime—get less sleep, say University of Michigan researchers.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 3, 2018 from Child Obesity

Sleep and Adiposity in Preadolescent Children: The Importance of Social Jetlag

Social jetlag is the discrepancy between an individual’s circadian clock and social rhythms, and is measured as the difference in hours between the midpoint of sleep during work/school days and on free (weekend) days. This study investigated the independent associations between sleep duration, sleep disturbances, and social jetlag with adiposity in children.(click headline for more)

Dateline: January 3, 2018 from CNN

Eating fish improves kids’ IQ scores and sleep, study says

Children who eat fish once a week or more sleep better and score higher, on average, on IQ tests than children who never eat fish or do so less than once a week, according to study published last month in the journal Scientific Reports. Studies have shown a connection between omega-3s—essential fatty acids found in many types of fish, including salmon, sardines and tuna— and improved intelligence and better sleep..(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 28, 2017 from WIAT

Childhood snoring could be a sign of a serious sleep disorder

It becomes a cyclical routine each night. Child goes to bed. Child fears falling asleep. Child is up later. Child comes into mom and dad’s room for the night. Child is moody and cannot focus the next day. Hence the cycle of tiredness and stress-eating. And it all can be correlated back to OSA.(click headline for more)

Dateline: December 16, 2017 from Alaska Sleep Education Center

Find a happy medium for a child afraid of the dark

It becomes a cyclical routine each night. Child goes to bed. Child fears falling asleep. Child is up later. Child comes into mom and dad’s room for the night. Child is moody and cannot focus the next day. Hence the cycle of tiredness and stress-eating. And it all can be correlated back to OSA.(click headline for more)



Dateline: December 17, 2017 from Childrens National Health System via Science Daily

Preterm infants have narrowed upper airways, which may explain higher obstructive sleep apnea risk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 10 babies born in the United States is preterm, or born prior to the 37th gestational week. Premature birth leaves these children more susceptible to disordered breathing while sleeping, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), an ailment characterized by increased upper-airway resistance that narrows airways.(click headline for more)


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