Sleep News Weekly || Sept 22, 2017: Hurricane PTSD, train crashes caused by sleep apnea, and more

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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 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: September 17, 2017 from Taipei Times (Taiwan)

Physician urges attention to signs of sleep apnea

About 20 percent of Taiwanese experience insomnia, snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, and in the 40-to-60 age group, about 60 percent of men and 40 percent of women snore, Taiwan Society of Sleep Medicine data show.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 21, 2017 from WHIO TV

NTSB: Sleep apnea, speed cited in NYC-area train crashes

Federal investigators have found that the engineers of two New York City-area commuter trains that crashed into stations were both suffering from severe sleep apnea. The National Transportation Safety Board said the similar circumstances of the crashes warranted combining findings and recommendations into a single special report.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 19, 2017 from Northern California Record

Aircraft pilot alleges Aetna violated ERISA

According to the complaint, Trujillo, who worked as a pilot for Federal Express, became disabled due to severe obstructive sleep apnea and a sleep-wake schedule disorder. The suit says he applied for disability benefits but was denied. … The plaintiff alleges Aetna Life wrongfully refused to provide ongoing disability benefits despite his having sufficient proof of his disability.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 16, 2017 from Akron Beacon Journal

EDITORIAL: Student success starts with sleep

The RAND Corporation released a study last week that looked deeply and comprehensively at school start times in 47 states with an eye on the economic impact. It calculates that a nationwide move to 8:30 for middle schools and high schools would contribute a net $83 billion to the economy in a decade. …Put simply, the benefits would outweigh the costs. In Ohio, the return would be $4.7 billion in a decade. The country would see a gain of roughly $140 billion in 15 years, or $9.3 billion annually, equivalent, as the study notes, to the yearly revenue of Major League Baseball.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 19, 2017 from Business Insider

Sleep Study Finds Built-In Bed Massage Helps Make Mornings Better

‘We found that those who used the massage function for 30 minutes prior to falling asleep woke up in a better mood and stayed more alert throughout the day,’ said Kimberly Fenn, Ph.D., MSU associate professor of psychology and principal investigator on the study. ‘Sleep plays a significant role in strengthening memory and cognitive function and it’s fascinating to see how incorporating a 30-minute bedtime ritual like Reverie’s massage could help enhance the daytime functioning of many sleepers.’ (click headline for more)


Dateline: September 18, 201 from Daily Mail

Agony of little girl with sleep apnea

Mia, 9, has to wear a machine-powered air mask every night after tests showed she stopped breathing 27 times an HOUR.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 20, 2017 from Now to Love

The Block‘s Hannah Amos is questioning her decision to go on the reality show

Amos:…[T]he fatigue levels exceeded our expectations. I didn’t think 
we would literally go days without sleeping, so that caught us off-guard. …I had more sleep with two children under three than 
I’ve had on The Block!(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 15, 2017 from Sleep Review

Athletes Who Participate in Multiple Sports May Sleep and Feel Better Than Those Who Focus on Just One

An abstract of new research being presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference & Exhibition found sport specialization was associated with significantly worse mood, stress, fatigue, soreness, and sleep quality among female youth soccer players, even after controlling for factors such as age and hours spent training.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 18, 2017 from Cheat Sheet

The Disturbing Link Between Insomnia and Deadly Diseases

Tossing and turning every night may not seem like a big deal to you. But if you are the 1 in 3 Americans that suffer from insomnia, you could be exposed to more health risks than you think. In fact, there is a terrifying link between a long-term lack of sleep and some of the most deadly diseases.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 15, 2017 from Los Angeles Times

Later school start times for California students laid to rest for the year

A bill that would require California middle and high schools to begin their day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. is being shelved for the year, its author said Friday, a day after it fell well short of the votes needed for passage. …The legislation was introduced by Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge), who said he will revisit the issue in January.” … (click headline for more)


Dateline: September 15, 2017 from The Telegraph

Scientist who claims playing the didgeridoo can stop snoring wins Ig Nobel award

A multi-national team of six researchers won the Peace Prize for the 2005 paper ‘Didgeridoo Playing as Alternative Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: Randomized Controlled Trial.’ (click headline for more)


Dateline: September 18, 2017 from Alaska Sleep Clinic

What is telemedicine?

Telemedicine is beneficial to patients in isolated communities and remote regions, who can receive care from doctors or specialists far away without the patient having to travel to visit them. Telemedicine is health care without walls. It connects patients and medical providers through live, web-based video visits. By eliminating the barrier of distance, telemedicine improves access to care. It saves time and reduces travel expenses, making health care more efficient.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 21, 2017 from CBS News

Weeks after hurricane a critical window for PTSD, experts say

Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks and nightmares, avoidance of situations that bring back the trauma, and strong physical reactions when reminded of the event, including heart pounding, trouble breathing, and sweating. The condition can also lead to feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as insomnia and trouble sleeping.(click headline for more)


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