Sleep News Weekly || Oct 13, 2017: REM researcher dies, alcohol and sleep, is sleeping nude best?, and more

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

‘Tis the season to adjust your sleep habits; new neurostimulation implant helps people with central apnea sleep better; strange sleep “pets” in Belsomra ads swapped for more human narrative; 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: October 11, 2017 from The New York Times (France)

Michel Jouvet, Who Unlocked REM Sleep’s Secrets, Dies at 91

Dr. Michel Jouvet, a neurophysiologist who discovered the region of the brain that controls rapid eye movement, and who helped define REM sleep as a unique state of consciousness common to humans and animals alike, was found dead on Oct. 3 in Villeurbanne, France. He was 91.(click headline for more)



Dateline: October 10, 2017 from Newsweek 

World Mental Health Day: How bad sleep can literally make you go crazy

Scientists don’t fully understand why sleep and mood are so connected. One study published in Current Biology looked at the amygdala, which is part of the deep brain located in the temporal lobe. This region is known to play a role in our ability to regulate emotions.(click headline for more)



Dateline: October 10, 2017 from Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety

Was the Death of Erik Nelson of Preventable?

According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle’s article, “Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Bozeman surgeon,” Erik Nelson underwent surgery to correct his chronic nasal obstruction and severe obstructive sleep apnea. Discharged the day after surgery, Mr, Nelson was sent home with a prescription of Oxycodone to manage his pain. …Mr. Nelson took his prescription for Oxycodone the evening of his discharge and the following morning. As reported by the Chronicle, he ‘was found unconscious in his home by his partner. He was transported to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The cause of death was respiratory failure in combination with postoperative swelling, according to the suit.’(click headline for more)



Dateline: October 7, 2017 from MetroWest Daily News

The demands of our internal clock

Columnist : “The thing is humans have been fighting against their circadian rhythm since the dawn of man. Fire was probably the start of our trouble. As night fell, ancient humans didn’t have to call it a day. They could stay up for hours gazing at the fire, imagining gods and monsters and faraway lands in the dancing flames, realizing that whatever type of mushroom they gathered today they might want to consider pumping the brakes on next time.(click headline for more)



Dateline: October 9, 2017 from The New Yorker

How Essential Oils Became the Cure for Our Age of Anxiety

Nights were the worst—she had a hard time falling asleep, and when she did she would wake up again minutes later with her mind racing. A friend recommended diffusing lavender oil. The effect was immediate: she felt calmer and was able to sleep through the night.(click headline for more)



Dateline: October 11, 2017 from Michigan Technological University via Newswise

New NIH grant Will Study Alcohol’s Effects on the Nervous System

How does too much to drink affect how we sleep? Two Michigan Tech researchers have received $422,845 of a potential $1,871,688 five-year grant to study the effects of alcohol on sleep, blood pressure and the differences between how men and women process alcohol.(click headline for more)



Dateline: October 9, 2017 from FiercePharma

Goodbye to Belsomra’s furry mascots. Merck’s focusing on sleepless patients instead

Belsomra’s furry word creatures have officially retired. Merck & Co.’s ‘sleep’ cat and ‘wake’ dog in the insomnia drug’s first wave of TV ads are giving way to a new empathy-oriented campaign that builds on sleepless patients’ personal frustrations.(click headline for more)



Dateline: October 10, 2017 from Cleveland Clinic

How Even a Little Sleep Loss Hinders Your Athletic Performance

Missing small amounts of sleep may not make or break your marathon time, says sleep disorder specialist Ralph Downey III, PhD. But it can change your performance in small ways that add up. ‘Even for a weekender who runs a 5K and has sleep loss, their time may decrease by a couple of minutes, which can make a big difference in how you place in a race,’ he says. ‘Or a change in free throws by 1 percent may make the difference in your team winning or losing a game.’(click headline for more)



Dateline: October 9, 2017 from The Guardian

Is it healthier to sleep naked rather than in pyjamas?

If you are too hot in bed, then your core temperature will struggle to fall which, according to the Sleep Council, means you won’t trigger your ‘sleep mechanism.’ During sleep, your body’s temperature falls naturally after three or four hours—and wearing fluffy pyjamas under a heavy duvet will disrupt that.(click headline for more)



Dateline: October 12, 2017 from Metro

School gives pupils alarm clocks so phones don’t interrupt their sleep

Heather Hanbury, the head at private girls’ school Lady Eleanor Holles in west London, said the girls now have ‘no reason’ to have their phone in their rooms at night. She said phones, tablets and televisions distract young people from sleep—and sleeping poorly affects how well they learn at school.” … (click headline for more)



Dateline: October 11, 2017 from SLEEP

Linking light exposure and subsequent sleep: a field polysomnography study in humans

This research is the first application of ambulatory PSG in the assessment of the regulation of sleep. This study demonstrates that laboratory findings of light exposure being related to subsequent sleep characteristics are observable in real life situations for the first time. Through these observations, we form the basis of a hypothesis for the interaction of light exposure and sleep regulation.(click headline for more)



Dateline: October 9, 2017 from

Remede System Approved for Sleep Apnea

The Remede sleep system, an implanted device that treats central sleep apnea by activating a nerve that sends signals to the diaphragm to stimulate breathing, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.(click headline for more)



Dateline: October 8, 2017 from Brit+Co

5 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep When the Seasons Change

We caught up with Helix co-founder and sleep expert Adam Tishman to better understand why the change of seasons can be disruptive to rest, along with how to remedy any problems you might experience.(click headline for more)



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