Sleep News Weekly || Sept 15, 2017 || Marijuana and sleep, nap pods at airports, no dogs in bed, more

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

SHC has vetted the week’s sleep news so you don’t have to!

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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 SleepNewsWeekly 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: September 14, 2017, from New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)

Queenstown father blames insomnia for accidentally injuring his baby

A Queenstown Lakes man describes the moment he ‘completely mishandled’ his 23-day-old son, resulting in the infant suffering 13 fractured ribs and a broken upper left arm, as a ‘brainstorm.’ (click headline for more)


Dateline: September 13, 2017, from KPVI

Sleep in Heavenly Peace: Making Beds For Local Kids

Officials say nearly 300 students in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District [in Pocatello, ID] are identified as homeless, or without a stable home, so just imagine how many of those kids don’t have a suitable place to sleep.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 13, 2017, from WCHS News Network

First Lady Justice honors Infant Safe Sleep Month, continues campaign at W.Va. hospitals

[First Lady Cathy] Justice joined former First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin Wednesday at Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston and Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley to proclaim September as Infant Safe Sleep Month in West Virginia. …The month is dedicated to making sure parents are aware of infant safe sleep problems and solutions.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 9, 2017, from Psychology Today

PERSONAL ESSAY: A Sleep Pioneer’s Labor of Love

When I shared my long-standing fear of being misdiagnosed, [Dr. Neil B. Kavey] said, ‘People with sleep disorders are misdiagnosed all the time, all kinds of misdiagnoses. I heard a narcoleptic speak at a conference once. She’d been scheduled for brain surgery until, luckily, a hospital resident recognized her symptoms during a preliminary procedure.’ (click headline for more)


Dateline: September 14, 2017, from TravelPulse

The Sleep Pod Business is Taking Off

According to a new Bloomberg report, at least four companies are now competing for space at airports to offer a variety of unique sleeping accommodations ranging from cabins and capsules to sleeping pods.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 11, 2017, from The Cannabist

How does consuming weed affect your sleep?

A sleep psychologist examines the effects of cannabis in treating insomnia and other sleep disorders, and why weed doesn’t work for everybody.(click headline for more)

Dateline: September 12, 2017, from

It’s Time to Kick Fido Out—of Bed, That Is

Researchers concluded that a human’s sleep efficiency was higher and wakefulness after sleep began was lower when the dog was in the room, but not in the bed.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 13, 2017, from Napa Valley Register

The Arts Landscape: A novel cure for insomnia

“ ‘We talked about what I read at night, and how easy it was to get caught up in a great story well into the early morning hours. I was hoping this would elicit empathy and reinforce my case for help. …’No deal,’ she said, reviewing with me recent studies showing long-term, negative effects from prescribed sleep aids. ‘Try reading the tax code!’ (click headline for more)


Dateline: September 14, 2017, from CNN

F1: How crashing out helps win races

[Sleep scientist] Steven Lockley, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School: ‘F1 drivers are looking for every edge, every advantage and sleep is one of the tools they can use to make sure they are at optimal performance.’ (click headline for more)


Dateline: September 13, 2017, from The Hippocratic Post

Tired all the time? It may be sleep apnoea

If you’re tired all the time, you might not merely be working hard, you may have serious underlying medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea. It’s my belief that there are many people out there who are suffering from extreme fatigue but don’t know they have sleep apnoea—and they need to seek medical analysis.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 12, 2017, from Times Higher Education

International students in Netherlands ‘forced to sleep in cars’

Overseas students starting courses at Dutch universities find it so difficult to find accommodation that they are being forced to sleep in campsites, cars and even refugee shelters, according to one of the country’s national student unions.” … (click headline for more)


Dateline: September 12, 2017, from Imperial College London via Science Daily

Sexually aroused male flies unable to sleep after close encounters with females

Dr. Giorgio Gileto: ‘Sleep is a fundamental process for all animals, and many of the results the community has obtained with fruit flies have been replicated in other animals, including mammals and humans. …Besides being a great genetic model, it’s also easier for us to study effects like sleep rebound in flies, as we have automatic equipment that can monitor thousands of them. Human trials rely on people reporting their own sleep, which can be unreliable.’ (click headline for more)


Dateline: September 12, 2017, from

Researchers develop smart phone application for changing infant’s sleep habits

In Japan, infants’ sleep time is one of the shortest in the world. A research group led by Osaka University developed a smart phone application in which caregivers could interactively consult with and receive advice from a group of pediatric sleep experts (pediatricians, a dentist, clinical psychologists, and a clinical developmental psychologist). This research group proved the effectiveness of the application in improving infants’ sleep habits through preliminary studies performed at the research institute.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 12, 2017, from Mountain Statesman

Disasters and emergencies can happen at any moment, are you ready?

‘Most people know to have a food and water supply, batteries and flashlights, but I’d also recommend having sleeping bags or blankets on hand, as well,’ noted Grafton Police Chief Robert Beltner.(click headline for more)


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