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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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Sleep and Alzheimer’s: “Ich habe mich verloren”

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! “Ich habe mich verloren.” – Auguste Deter (16 May 1850 – 8 April 1906) Exhibiting paranoid and erratic behavior, delusions, and issues with speech and memory, 51-year-old Auguste Deter was examined by German neurologist, Dr. Alois Alzheimer, at the Frankfurt Institution of the Mentally Ill and Epileptics (Germany). Given her young age, Dr. Alzheimer initially labelled her condition as “presenile dementia”. Over the next several years, living in a state of confusion that progressively deteriorated, she soon lost sense of time and space—unable to recall her husband, where she was, and her own name—frequently uttering, “I …

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ESRS 2020 Highlight: Sleep and neurodegenerative diseases

Sleep Science Friday Yes! It’s Friday! Grab a coffee (or tea) and end your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News and ESRS updates!   ESRS 2020 Highlight: Sleep and neurodegenerative diseases   These past weeks, we have been busy preparing for the Virtual Edition of ESRS 2020 on Sept 22-24 (see the latest Letter from the ESRS President, Walter McNicholas), with our Scientific Programme confirmed and online. Joining us will be keynote speaker, Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc. (University of Rochester Medical Center) presenting her lecture, “The glymphatic system, sleep and neurodegenerative diseases”. Although there are many suggestions as to why we sleep (e.g. memory consolidation), one hypothesis is that sleep essentially “rinses” the brain and facilitates the …

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11th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation w/ the 35th Congress of the French Society of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine (7-11 Oct 2020)

Submit your abstract by 31 Aug for the 11th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation held jointly with the 35th Congress of the French Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine on 7-11 Oct 2020!

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