Sleep News Weekly || Oct 6, 2017: Jamie Oliver tackles energy drinks, insomnia gene, most sleep-deprived colleges, and more

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Bet you didn’t know muscles had a role in circadian rhythms… or that 4 percent of all Americans take sleeping pills or other aids to help them fall asleep. Learn more about how America (and the world) sleeps in this week’s news update.

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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


Dateline: October 4, 2017 from Daily Sabah (Turkey)

Turkish professor discovered insomnia gene with Nobel laureate, report says

A Turkish scientist had worked with Michael Young, one of the three Nobel laureates for medicine this year and discovered the insomnia gene with the Nobel laureate. …Tayfun Özçelik told Anadolu Agency he had discovered the insomnia gene with Young during a study at Ankara-based Bilkent University. …The gene impacts the time when you begin to feel tired at night.(click headline for more)


Dateline: October 4, 2017 from American Sleep Apnea Association

What are respiratory therapists, and why have they taken over Indianapolis?

[A] huge gathering of respiratory therapists (RTs) known as the AARC* Congress meets in Indianapolis through Saturday. This national conference provides thousands of RTs with access to the most current evidence-based research in respiratory health. They will also learn professional tips and techniques for maintaining best practices and preview all that’s new in the industry.(click headline for more)

*AARC = American Association of Respiratory Care


Dateline: October 2, 2017 from American Shipper

Congressional Dems file twin sleep disorder testing bills

Legislation filed in both the U.S. House and Senate on Thursday (S. 1883/H.R. 3882) would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to test train and commercial vehicle operators for sleep disorders like sleep apnea.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 29, 2017 from Toronto Sun

To sleep, perchance to dream …or not

Columnist Ted Woloshyn: “Prolonged sleep irregularity can lead to reduced well being, irritability, depression, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, an increased chance of injury from a variety of causes, even death. …Which sounds a lot like the disclaimers in U.S. drug commercials. …The only thing that’s missing is ugly, witch-like warts.(click headline for more)


Dateline: October 4, 2017 from Healthy Shift Worker Podcast via The Wellness Couch

Shift Work Cognition with Emily Breese

Do you struggle with poor memory? Perhaps you leave sticky notes everywhere as a reminder so that you don’t forget things?  Well, if you work shift work, chances are you answered ‘yes’ to that question and have experienced bouts of ‘forgetfulness’ thanks to your sleep deprived lifestyle.(click headline for more)


Dateline: October 2, 2017 from Restonic

4 Ways to Make Your Hotel Stay More Sleep-Friendly

Often our recollection of a particular hotel stay is connected to how well we slept. Certainly, hotels have a big bag of tricks to ensure a pleasant slumber for their guests – it’s their most important job, after all – but sometimes they fall short. That’s when it’s good to have a few savvy sleep hacks at your disposal to boost your chances of being well-rested before it’s time to pack up and check out.(click headline for more)


Dateline: October 1, 2017 from Starts at 60

Jamie Oliver calls for a ban on selling these drinks to children

Jamie Oliver has called for a worldwide ban on the sale of energy drinks to children, citing health concerns. …Researchers have found kids start using the drinks around ten years of age and they have been linked to not only behavioural problems, but also health issues such as headaches, sleeping difficulties and heart palpitations.(click headline for more)


Dateline: October 3, 2017 from Newswise

The Final Stretch: MLB Postseason Puts Players’ Endurance to the Test

From Jonathan C. Sum, DPT, OCS, SCS, clinic director of USC Physical Therapy Associates: “ ‘Sleep has gained a lot of attention in the sports world, and teams from all sports are finding ways to help players improve their athletic performance with sleep. Earlier this year, a soundproof ‘sleep room,’ featuring pillows that have been customized to each player, was installed in Fenway Park after the team consulted with a sleep specialist. Other teams are turning to wearable technology to monitor the sleep and health of their athletes. By providing information the players can visualize, wearable technology has the potential to encourage better sleep habits. Professional teams are also emphasizing the use of strategic napping and the importance of sleeping well after a game, practice or other training event to enhance muscle recovery.‘ (click headline for more)


Dateline: October 4, 2017 from

Could You Be Overdoing It With Sleeping Pills?

[T]he number of people who use prescription sleeping pills in the quest for shuteye continues to increase—currently about 4 percent of Americans, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …But are they safe? And are they even effective?(click headline for more)


Dateline: October 2, 2017 from The Tab

Revealed: 2017’s most sleep-deprived colleges in America

See where your college ranks below— the data comes from a survey of over 1300 students across the US who self-reported their sleeping habits. These are the top 50 colleges ranked out of every school in America.” … (click headline for more)


Dateline: October 2, 2017 from University of Geneva via Science Daily

Our muscles measure the time of day

“’We have clearly shown that this variation of lipid types in our muscles is due to our circadian rhythm,’ explains first author Ursula Loizides-Mangold, from the Department of Internal Medicine Specialties, from the Faculty of Medicine, UNIGE. ‘But the main question is still to be answered: what is this mechanism for?’ (click headline for more)


Dateline: October 5, 2017 from MedCityNews

How one hospital reduced alarms without undermining patient safety

The research, which was a follow-up to an initial pilot study, took place at Mount Holly, New Jersey-based Virtua Memorial Hospital. It included 25 sleep apnea patients in the hospital’s post-anesthesia care unit.(click headline for more)


Dateline: October 2, 2017 from Yakima Herald-Republic

Where will homeless sleep this winter? Group deciding which project to fund

Camp Hope has been operating with a no-cost lease on the land since March 22 with little to no complaints from nearby workers. Over the months, it has added a day tent for residents to hang out and eat, an office for a part-time caseworker and a medical tent so residents with medical devices can sleep without waking up other residents, among other changes.(click headline for more)



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