Sleep Science Fridays

Sleep Science Friday: Adverse Effects of Sleep Deprivation Webinar

11 June 2021    We all know that sleep is an essential function and yet, many times we are denied this daily opportunity to recharge mentally and physically in order to remain healthy. Getting little to no sleep is not always a choice for some if you consider those suffering from sleep apnoea, chronic insomnia, snoring and other sleep disorders. However, for others it is sometimes a personal choice or simply a side effect of shift work or travelling through different time zones.  Sleep deprivation describes a state caused by inadequate quantity or quality of sleep, including voluntary or involuntary sleeplessness and circadian rhythm sleep disorders.  The ideal amount of sleep for adults is between 7 and 9 hours1, more for children. Not meeting this sleep quota regularly has myriad consequences for how we function on a day-to-day basis.  Understanding the effect of sleep deprivation on all aspects of our lives is a crucial point for discussion. This is …

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Sleep Science Friday: Revised Catalogue of Knowledge and Skills 

04 June 2021    Since the Catalogue of Knowledge and Skills was first published in the JSR in 2014, the field of sleep medicine has evolved greatly.   The influence that sleep medicine has on other medical disciplines is evident, as the desire for physicians to remain in their field, but also to expand their knowledge and understanding of sleep medicine and sleep research in relation to their specialty, has increased.   Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Thomas Penzel, a total of nineteen authors contributed to this revision, which takes into consideration the interdisciplinary nature of sleep medicine, and also, the changes in the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, updates in the manual for scoring sleep and associated events and new knowledge in sleep physiology and pathophysiology.  Here is the entire …

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Sleep Science Friday: Sleep Coaching

28 May 2021 Sleep coaching according to Holzinger & Klösch is a non-pharmacological approach for sleep disorders and sleep problems focusing on insomnia.  Prof. Brigitte Holzinger, Director of the Institute for Consciousness and Dream Research and Founding Member of the Austrian Sleep Research Association speaks with ESRS’s Dr. Lyudmila Korostovtseva on this topic. Together they address   The pillars of sleep coaching  Sleep coaching execution: duration, individual vs. group  Handling non-responders  Sleep coaching and COVID-19  The evolution of sleep coaching  Prof. Holzinger research in sleep and psychological aspects started out by looking at the sleep of patients with an insomnia pattern of anxiety disorders, eating disorders and their sleep and dream patterns. She wanted to show that lucid dreaming was a potent tool for psychotherapy, especially as a tool for the treatment of nightmares.  With a research project underway, she was able to lead a group of people from heavily disturbed …

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Sleep Science Friday: Lucid Dreaming

21 May 2021   Lucid dreaming happens when you become aware that you’re dreaming. It is a conscious phenomenon that occurs during sleep, that explores (or pushes) the boundaries between dreams and reality. Much more studies are needed on this, as research has only given a small amount of understanding so far.  Prof. Brigitte Holzinger, Director of the Institute for Consciousness and Dream Research and Founding Member of the Austrian Sleep Research Association is a pioneer and expert in the field of lucid dreaming. She speaks with ESRS’s Dr. Lyudmila Korostovtseva on this topic – specifically addressing: Techniques to communicate with lucid dreamers  Who can have lucid dreams and can this be trained?  Application of lucid dreams as a treatment for sleep disorders    Communicating with a lucid dreamer  Prof. Holzinger has been studying lucid dreaming extensively …

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Sleep Science Friday: ANSS Annual Meeting Report

14 May 2021 As previously announced, the ANSS hosted their annual meeting last week Saturday, 8-May 2021 online, due to the pandemic-related restrictions. Regardless, it was an insightful and productive, 4-hour session with 39 participants spanning 29 countries across Europe.  The programme featured several speakers who addressed critical topics on sleep medicine in Europe, the state of sleep during COVID-19 and the way forward. This is a brief overview of the insights and findings that were highlighted.    The role of Sleep Labs during COVID-19  Invited speaker Dr. Winfried Randerath, gave a comprehensive overview of the evidence about sleep disorders in COVID-19 and the risk factors for the worsening of sleep. In theory, sleep-disordered breathing can contribute to the increased vulnerability to …

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Sleep Science Friday: Assembly of National Sleep Societies – 2021 Annual Meeting

7 May 2021 The Assembly of National Sleep Societies (ANSS) is a grouping of European sleep societies with the common goal to develop sleep medicine and sleep research. It is a formal body of the ESRS and represents the associate members from different European sleep societies. 31 European national sleep societies are currently members of the ANSS representing over 7,100 associate members. The Annual Meeting of the ANSS in the European Sleep Research Society will take place Saturday, 8-May 2021 virtually, starting at 13:00h CET.   There is a very robust programme planned, including an address from ESRS President Dr. Pierre-Hervé Luppi, who will provide an overview of ESRS activities, upcoming events and changes within the society and facilitate a discussion on future collaborations with the Presidents of the 31 National Sleep Societies.    Special Lecture by Invited Speaker …

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Sleep Science Friday: Wake-Sleep Transition Zone – Microsleep Episodes

30 April 2021   What is a microsleep episode (MSE), and the importance for detection? Dr. David Schreier, Sleep-Wake Scientist at the Department of Neurology, Bern, Switzerland and Dr. Jelena Skorucak, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Zurich, Switzerland explain this in more detail, along with presenting their studies on the topic.  In their video below, Dr. Schreier states that while there is no universal definition of MSEs, they can be generally described as short episodes or periods of sleep, assuming the basic state is wakefulness (of which the opposite is arousal, which represents short periods of wakefulness assuming the basic state is sleep).      The accurate detection, scoring and diagnosis of MSEs is critical as it can be a major risk factor in various situations such as driving or operating other heavy machinery.  Recent studies have aimed to better characterize microsleep transition …

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Sleep Science Friday: 2021 Sleep Science School – Application Is Open

23 April 2021 After two successful ESRS Sleep Science Schools, the third one will be taking place this year, 26 September to 1 October at the CNRS Villa Clythia site in the city of Frejus at the Mediterranean Sea (South France). These thematic schools aim to gather early career sleep scientists around different fundamental sleep topics. Themes already covered include Neural Networks in Sleep and Sleep & Aging.   This year, the focus will be on The Functions of Sleep.  The program will be highly proactive and aimed at a maximal involvement of participants. It will include in-depth lectures by a faculty of international sleep experts on topics related to the functions of sleep (both human and animal work), together with presentations and discussions of the participants’ own research. The agenda will also include interactive workshop …

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Sleep Science Friday: 2021 Sleep and Breathing Virtual Is Underway

16 April 2021 What an inspiring start to the first ever Virtual Sleep & Breathing Conference today!  Earlier, we heard from Co-Chairs, Maria Bonsignore, Researcher and Professor of sleep and breathing disorders, including obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) at the University of Palermo, Italy, and Walter McNicholas, Consultant in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital Group, Dublin, Ireland, Newman Clinical Research Professor at UCD and a Principal Clinical Investigator at the UCD Conway Institute and Former President of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS).  During this session, we got an update on disordered breathing research, sleep research outside the respiratory domain and the key developments in basic sleep research since 2019. What a far …

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