SLEEP 2018 just wrapped up in Baltimore, and conference-goers tweeted up a storm. Here’s a round-up of top tweets so you can catch up on what you missed (or reminisce about the great presentations and commentary).
Attendees shared findings on trending topics, such as the accuracy of Fitbits and other wearable devices.
How's your commercial sleep wearable compare to a research grade actigraph?— Amy M. Bender, PhD (@Sleep4Sport) June 5, 2018
Not so good unless you like to think you are getting more sleep than you are. 4/6 over estimated sleep by an hour.
Note: the newer models may be better#SLEEP2018 pic.twitter.com/rcVBHlJB1f
They shared research on medications and supplements to aid both sleeping…
Caffeine does not improve reaction time or sleepiness in habitual caffeine users (avg 3-4 cups/day). But your life sucks during withdrawal.— Amy M. Bender, PhD (@Sleep4Sport) June 6, 2018
What are you waiting for?#godecaf #SLEEP2018 @NanciGuestRD thoughts? pic.twitter.com/uUb74oxPTJ
They discussed the clinical association of sleep quality with other conditions, ranging from heart conditions to depression…
If you want to avoid readmission of patients after heart attack, arrhythmia, or heart failure with sleep-disordered breathing symptoms, screen and treat their sleep apnea. Study suggests 0% readmission rate with CPAP compliance! WOW. #sleep #sleepapnea #cardiology #SLEEP2018— Brandon Peters, MD (@BrandonPetersMD) June 2, 2018
Pilot data from a recent study suggest that #sleep paralysis and dream-like hallucinations as you are falling asleep or waking up are widespread in student athletes and are independently associated with symptoms of depression. https://t.co/89Rl5NtB3w #SLEEP2018 @michaelgrandner pic.twitter.com/AUBcyOfNa1— SleepResearchSociety (@ResearchSleep) June 4, 2018
…to nutrition and weight.
Dr. Van Cauter presented overwhelming evidence linking sleep/circadian & diet (food as synchronizer, as mediator of sleep-disease links). As a nutritionist, I no longer feel like an outsider in the sleep field; so many opportunities for important nutrition research. #SLEEP2018 pic.twitter.com/0OqQVsgz1w— Hassan S Dashti (@hsdash) June 4, 2018
Pediatric sleep disorders were a huge topic…
#CBTi is recommended as first line treatment for #insomnia in adults. But what about for #adolescents? There are only 4-5 studies on CBTi in adolescence - we need more research!— Hailey meaklim (@hailey_meaklim) June 6, 2018
Thanks Eric Zhou for an awesome overview of adolescent insomnia treatment issues. #SLEEP2018
The issue of school start times is a worldwide concern. Dr. Oluwatosin Olorunmoteni presented data at #SLEEP2018 showing that #sleep problems are more common in Nigerian children who go to private schools, which start earlier and end later than public schools #StartSchoolLater pic.twitter.com/fzgH9TsSBv— Academy of Sleep Med (@AASMorg) June 6, 2018
"Vitamin M" #melatonin is added to many children's nighttime preparations of other products (e.g. cough suppressant). It is also being marketed to "promote peaceful sleep." Need to educate parents and clinicians and establish guidelines. #SLEEP2018— Ellen Wermter (@Sleep_NP) June 6, 2018
Sleep trackers suck. OTC melatonin is a placebo. Sleep training works. We need better collaboration between sleep specialists, PCPs, and parents to ultimately do what’s best for the child. #SLEEP2018 #pediatrics #sleep— Olga Tkachenko (@olga_tkachenko) June 6, 2018
…as were more philosophical issues around sleep research and society.
“How is it that we don’t let our most vulnerable at risk of suicide be part of clinical trials so we can’t know if the results are generalizable to them? How many cases of insomnia & suicide before we decide to do something about it?” — Dr. William McCall #sleep2018 ________— Julie Flygare (@RemRunner) June 6, 2018
While learning about cutting-edge sleep science at #SLEEP2018, we can’t help but wonder: How might we change cultural perceptions of sleepiness as a possible sign of a medical condition as opposed to interpreting it as laziness, late-night partying or lack of motivation? #medx pic.twitter.com/LwKhFGuxQ2— Project Sleep (@project_sleep) June 4, 2018
Sleep specialists must return to their roots and educate others in primary care or even general specialty work about the importance and impacts of sleep disorders on health. #sleep #neurology #psychiatry #pulmonary #medicine #SLEEP2018— Brandon Peters, MD (@BrandonPetersMD) June 2, 2018
Between sharing the important research and hard-hitting questions, conference tweeters made time for a bit of levity.
(Ironically) spent the morning learning about the risks of short #sleep. Based on my duration from last night I may experience #hypertension, #afib, endothelial disfunction, #stroke, hospital admission, and more!__Baltimore but may die here. #SLEEP2018— Ellen Wermter (@Sleep_NP) June 6, 2018
Asking "how much sleep do I need to catch up on the weekend, to make up for sleeping less during the week?" is like asking "how much kale do I need to eat on the weekend to make up for all the cheeseburgers I ate during the week". ______#SLEEP2018— Hailey meaklim (@hailey_meaklim) June 3, 2018
Dr. Johnson sums it up nicely.
What I learned at #Sleep2018. Sleep affects everything. Mood, cognition, CV health, obesity etc. Problem: few sleep providers. No time to add sleep training in med school. Solution: add sleep questions to review of systems. Think, talk, ask about sleep early, #SleepROS— Karin Johnson (@drsleepykarin) June 6, 2018