Sleep Science Friday

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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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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Covid-19 and sleep

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! COVID-19 and sleep (31 July 2020) The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives—with forced lockdowns, reduced travel, as well as job and financial insecurity during a worldwide economic recession. Although, many currently have reduced commuting time, more quality time with family, and the flexibility to work remotely (for some), learning to re-adjust schedules and coping with additional stressors (particularly as essential workers or those with children), has undoubtedly affected our sleeping quality and sleep patterns. Clea Simon (Harvard Correspondent), noted that “Sleep is emerging as the latest casualty of the COVID-19 crisis”, as people …

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