Perspectives

sleep technologist roles
Night technologist jobs in sleep medicine are likely to decline in the future, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a dearth of opportunities for sleep technologists.
mental health
The problem may arise when or how we communicate that PAP therapy equipment, both masks and pressurized air, can trigger claustrophobia or panic attacks under a specific set of circumstances.
pediatricsleep
If you’re seeking additional growth avenues, there is a patient population you should consider accommodating: children.
drowsydrivingnewtechnologies
Technology needs to switch gears from trying to compensate for drowsy drivers’ failings to predicting drowsy driving before the car’s ignition even ignites.
melatoninchildren
There was a significant increase in the use of melatonin among children, from 0.1% in 2007 to 0.7% in 2012, according to a National Health Statistics Report (No. 78) released on February 10, 2015.
TruckingBulletinAnalysis
In January, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a bulletin to medical examiners and training organizations regarding obstructive sleep apnea. A sleep physician with commercial transportation expertise weighs in.
Bariatric surgery—as a last resort when conservative interventions have failed—can improve liver disease and other obesity-related health problems in severely obese children and adolescents, according to a position paper in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.
CPAP touchpoints
As 2015 begins, a worthwhile New Year’s resolution for those practicing sleep medicine is to increase positive airway pressure (PAP) adherence among obstructive sleep apnea patients.
Somnia
In between eating a food court lunch and buying holiday gifts, shoppers at Park Meadows mall can now shop for CPAPs and rent home sleep testing devices.
Surgical Sleep Solutions, with locations in Missoula, Mont, and Rancho Mirage, Calif, says its unique treatment model—which pairs maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) surgery with special patient-centered care—has a 95% to 99% success rate in curing sleep apnea.
Sleeping pills don’t provide enough extra sleep for older Canadians to warrant the risk of deadly side effects—and doctors and patients alike should think twice about their use, says Choosing Wisely Canada chair Dr Wendy Levinson in a release. Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to "help physicians and patients engage in healthy conversations about potentially unnecessary tests, treatments, and procedures, and to help physicians and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care."
dental sleep medicine
Patients get the best treatment for them, dentists treat cases with predictable results and obtain combination therapy support when required, and physicians gain access to additional resources and tools for their patients.
sensesleeptracker
A sleep tracker called “Sense” recently became Kickstarter’s 23rd most-funded project of all time. The consumer product promises to track sleep behavior, monitor the bedroom environment, and reinvent the alarm, all via a beautiful orb, plus a contactless sensor and a smart phone app.
sleep medicine ethics
If you are a sleep specialist and fearful of losing relevance and revenue, then listen up. Marketplace longevity comes from consistently doing right.
sleep medicine specialties
Compared to many other specialties and subspecialties, sleep medicine is in its youth. To mature into a well-rounded adult, better and more open communication with other medical specialties is needed.
AACSM
Within the past 10 years, the relationship between sleep and cardiovascular health has merged together and is advancing at an accelerated rate.
SleepSoundlyRosenberg
An Arizona sleep physician shares why he started a newsletter for primary care physicians, writes a sleep Q&A newspaper column, and recently published a consumer-facing book on sleep.
SeniorSleepBill
Undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) comes at a steep price—$3.4 billion annually, to be exact. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), that’s the dollar amount of the additional medical costs of untreated moderate-to-severe OSA in middle-aged adults every year.
Sleep research must examine sex and gender differences with more study of sleep-related problems that affect women as well as potential treatments, according to a new report by the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) published in the July issue of the Journal for Women’s Health.
sleep apnea hygiene
How do you handle patients whose PAP download numbers are excellent, yet they are still reporting excessive daytime sleepiness? It may be time to go back to the basics.