Sleep News Weekly || Sept 8, 2017 || Beeswax for insomnia, Mattress King in Houston, the right to sleep, more

SHC has vetted the week’s sleep news so you don’t have to! TGIF, but… Please keep positive thoughts for hurricane victims from our Caribbean neighbors as well as Texas, Louisiana and Florida this weekend.

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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 5, 2017, from Daily Mail (Japan)

Stressed and struggling to sleep? BEESWAX could help, scientists discover

A team from the International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine at the University of Tsukuba in Japan investigated the effect of octacosanol* on sleep regulation in mildly stressed mice. …After giving the rodents the compound orally, they found it reduced the level of corticosterone in their blood, which is a marker for stress. …These mice then had ‘normal’ sleep patterns, which was previously disturbed.(click headline for more)

*A compound found in beeswax, wheat germ oil, sugar cane, and rice bran that is used as a supplement for lowering cholesterol.


Dateline: August 29, 2017, from Esquire

Let’s Hear It for the Mattress King of Houston

A message from a store representative stated that they would be allowing families to use the store as shelter from Harvey. The store is putting out a call for kennels to accommodate pets. Gallery Furniture, according to the release, is stocked with food, water and mattresses. Each store can accommodate a few hundred people comfortably. ‘Houstonians have a safe, dry place to take shelter at Gallery Furniture so if they can get here they are welcome,’ said owner Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale in the release. ‘We hope to give them some comfort in this incredibly difficult time.’ (click headline for more)


Dateline: September 3, 2017, from

Recommendations for Action in the MHCAN* Crisis

Establish in local law and policy of respecing the rights of the disabled—whether the disability be physical or mental to include such obvious needs as the right to sleep, to use public spaces, to be secure in their persons and property, to be free from harassment by authorities and private vigilantes.(click headline for more)

*Mental Health Clients Action Network


Dateline: August 30, 2017, from Goshen News

Point of View: Let tired teens sleep

Dr. Honaker says letting teens sleep-in on the weekends can help, but cautions against varying weekday and weekend sleep patterns by more than two hours.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 5, 2017, from Times Leader

San Diego company streamlines sleep therapy by taking program into the home

The revolutionary Lofta concept grew out of Principal Jay Levitt’s own experience with treating sleep apnea—a process he found to be unusually frustrating. The novel healthcare company aims to eliminate these obstacles and streamline sleep treatment in an effort to benefit the millions of people nationwide who suffer from sleep apnea.(click headline for more)


Dateline: August 31, 2017, from The Sleep Doctor

Is caffeine causing your sleeplessness?

I’m not here to tell you to throw away your coffeemaker, or part with your beloved cup of cold-brewed coffee. But I will give you guidelines to help you manage your caffeine intake, so you can enjoy its pleasures and benefits, and avoid the downsides to sleep, health, mood, and performance that can come with over-consumption.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 5, 2017, from Indianapolis Monthly

Quick Q&A with Mike Birbiglia

From the interviewer:You suffer from rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder, which causes you to have very vivid dreams in addition to walking and talking in your sleep. Once, you jumped out of a second-story window at a hotel. What precautions do you take?(click headline to read the fascinating answer!)


Dateline: September 6, 2017, from Independent

Meet Cristiano Ronaldo’s secret weapon – the man behind why the world’s biggest stars sleep so soundly

For nearly two decades Nick Littlehales has been advising athletes on why it’s not as simple as getting eight hours per night – it’s in fact quite the opposite.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 6, 2017, from Sleep Review

Comorbid Obstructive Sleep Apnea Can Interfere with Narcolepsy Diagnosis

Some people diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) also have narcolepsy, but soldier on for years without knowing that they have both sleep disorders, studies show, leaving these patients unsure as to why they continue to feel excessive sleepiness during the day even after their apnea is treated.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 5, 2017, from Restonic 

Are Your Kids Getting the Sleep They Need Now that They’re Back in School?

There are some basic, yet important, things a parent can do to set up their child for sleep success. Here are 5 golden rules for establishing good sleep habits for children, offered by [the Better Sleep Council].(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 3, 2017, from European College of Neuropsychopharmacology via Sleep Junkies

Is ADHD really a sleep problem?

Scientists are proposing of a new theory which says that much of ADHD may in fact be a problem associated with lack of regular circadian sleep.(click headline for more)


Dateline: September 5, 2017, from Sleep Review

VirtuOx Launches At-Home EEG-Based Insomnia Testing, Partners for CBT-I

Similar to the logistics of home sleep testing services for sleep apnea, VirtuOx’s insomnia program delivers the EEG device to the patient’s door with instructions and provides them with a 24/7 technical support line and a prepaid mailing label for equipment return. VirtuOx says the physician’s report is completed in about 2 to 3 days.(click headline for more)


Dateline: August 30, 2017, from American Sleep Apnea Association

CPAP Program to help Hurricane Harvey victims get needed therapy

If you have been directly affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and need a replacement PAP device or mask, we will waive your $100 application fee for the device or your $25.00 application fee for a mask.(click headline for more)


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