All posts by Doris Wu

Sleep Science Friday: Keep the rhythm of your inner clock 

Sleep Science Friday  It’s the end of another week—grab a coffee/tea/beer/wine and end your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News and ESRS updates!  Keep the rhythm of your inner clock  30 October 2020  After reverting to Standard Time last weekend, days are shorter as the sun sets earlier. And while the usefulness of time changes is debated—what do time shifts actually mean for your health? Although only an hour difference, some scientists suggest that these biannual time changes may be disruptive to our biological rhythms and sleep cycles. Recently, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommended in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine that “the acute transition from standard to daylight saving time incurs significant public health and safety risks…and these seasonal …

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Sleep Science Friday: What time is it?

Sleep Science Friday It’s the end of another week—grab a coffee/tea/beer/wine and end your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News and ESRS updates! What time is it? 23 October 2020 It’s that time of year again—the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST)—get ready to fall back this Sunday 25 October (2 AM) as we transition back into Standard Time. While morning larks may rejoice in brighter mornings, night owls encounter less natural light as evenings grow longer and darker. With first widespread introduction during WWI, DST was originally implemented to save energy by shifting clocks forward in the spring to add an additional hour of daylight in the evenings. This idea gained momentum—spreading across major industrialized countries …

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Special Issue: Abstracts of the 25th ESRS Virtual Congress (22‐24 Sept 2020)

The abstracts of the 25th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society (22‐24 September 2020) Virtual Congress are now available in our special September 2020 Issue in the Journal of Sleep Research (Vol 29, Issue S1). For attendees, talks and posters from the Virtual Congress are still available online for your viewing pleasure (1 month post-Congress). In the meantime, we are working on making the Congress more widely available after this period. Stay tuned for updates!      

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British Sleep Society: Impact of Covid-19 on UK Sleep Services

A Service Evaluation of the Impact of Covid-19 on Sleep Services in the UK A brief survey was published by the British Sleep Society earlier this year: “Anecdotal evidence suggests the current pandemic has had a significant impact on the provision of sleep services in the UK. The British Sleep Society is interested in determining the breadth and scope of this impact. We also aim to look at how services have adapted to the challenges associated with Covid-19 in order to identify innovative strategies and potentially new ways of working going forward. Our overall plan is to identify how the crisis has impact on UK services and compile a series of best practice examples and innovative solutions in order to …

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Sleep Science Monday: Sleep in the time of COVID

Sleep Science Monday: Sleep in the time of COVID Better late than never! It’s the start of another week—grab a coffee/tea/beer/wine and begin your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News and ESRS updates! 5 October 2020 Moving into shorter and colder days (here in the northern hemisphere), flu season is on the horizon as countries already battle second waves of COVID-19. Experts remind us to stay conscientious and continue practicing social distancing, wearing masks, limiting travel, and maintaining proper hygiene (wash your hands!). Additionally, don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep. Highlighted in Emily Sohn’s recent National Geographic article, the relationship between sleep and COVID-19 is succinctly summarized as “Want to reduce your COVID-19 risk? …

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ESRS 2020 Friday Update: Sleep Science Award 2020 and ESRS election results

ESRS 2020 Friday Update: Sleep Science Award 2020 and ESRS election results 25 September 2020           Thank you to all #ESRS2020 speakers, presenters, and attendees, as well as our co-organizers Congrex and the Sociedad Española de Sueño, for your support in making our Virtual Edition of the 25th Congress of the ESRS so successful and engaging. Additionally, we’d also like to thank our sponsors—we hope you had a chance to meet with them in the Virtual Exhibition Hall.                 Although we would have like to chat and sip drinks in Seville, we were amazed to see 1,726 in attendance from 66 countries worldwide! Shout-out to those outside of Europe …

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Sleep Science Friday: Sleep-disordered breathing

Sleep Science Friday (3 Sept 2020) Happy Friday everyone! Grab a coffee/tea/drink to end your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News following last Friday’s ESRS updates. As we learn more about COVID-19, certain underlying health conditions are shown to be associated with increased susceptibility and worse outcomes. Specifically, respiratory disorders, including sleep-disordered breathing (on the susceptibility side of COVID-19), along with a long road to recovery requiring lung rehabilitation in some patients (on the convalescence side). Sleep-disordered breathing Sleep-disordered breathing (such as obstructive sleep apnea) are characterized by intermittent hypoxia (low levels of oxygen) during sleep, sleep fragmentation, and hypercapnia (abnormally elevated blood CO2), which can activate multiple inflammatory pathways, alter lipid metabolism, and increase oxidative stress. …

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ESRS 2020 Friday Update (28 Aug 2020)

Sleep Science Friday Yes! It’s Friday! Grab a coffee/tea/beer/wine and end your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News and ESRS updates! ESRS 2020 Friday Update (28 Aug 2020) Happy Friday everyone! Just a short update on ESRS news this Friday as we countdown to #ESRS2020 on Sept 22 – 24 2020. Due to COVID-19, the 25th Congress of the ESRS goes Virtual—so you can attend (even in your pajamas) from anywhere worldwide. For Spanish speakers, #ESRS2020 will be a joint congress with the Spanish Sleep Society. Both meetings are coordinated in parallel; attendants can participate in both meetings with only one registration. Keynote speakers from #ESRS2020 will have Spanish translations. We will also have poster sessions, teaching …

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ESRS Business Meeting will be on Zoom!

Aug 18,20by Doris Wu

For ESRS members attending #ESRS2020: This year’s ESRS Business meeting (23 September 2020 19:45 – 21:30 h CEST) will be held as an online session with ZOOM. All ESRS members will receive a link to the meeting right in time! In order to give all participants, ESRS board and staff enough time for the check-in, the ZOOM meeting room will be opened at 19:00 h CEST. Don’t forget to submit your nominations for new board and committee members! Not an ESRS member yet? Sign up to become a member! We look forward to seeing you there!

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ESRS Friday Update: Call for Nominations to the Board, Scientific Committee and ECRN

Aug 14,20by Doris Wu

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TO THE ESRS BOARD AND SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE ______________________________________________________________ In the upcoming Business Meeting, to be held during the ESRS Virtual Congress on 23 September 2020, new Board and Scientific Committee members will need to be elected. Nominations to the ESRS Board According to the bylaws, members of the ESRS Board are elected for a period of two years, with only one additional two-year renewal for a particular position possible. The only exception is the Treasurer position, which can be renewed without limitation. In addition, since 2006, a representative of the ANSS is given a regular Board member position as an ex officio member. Two of the six current ESRS Board members (i.e. the President and Vice-President Clinical) …

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