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School's In: Losing Sleep
Rafael Pelayo talks about why teenagers become night owls, the risks of sleep deprivation and the controversy over later school start times.
Linking narcolepsy to the flu? Researchers make progress identifying molecular mimicry
In very rare cases, a flu infection or flu vaccine can trigger an immune reaction leading to narcolepsy. Stanford researchers led by Emmanuel Mignot, the Craig Reynolds Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, have figured out why. Mignot is quoted in this article.
A third of Americans are sleep-deprived. This technology could help them rest easier
Artificial intelligence could help improve sleep studies, some researchers believe. Emmanuel Mignot, the Craig Reynolds Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, provides comment in this story.
Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia
This piece discusses the use of cognitive behavioral therapy — a type of therapy that aims to modify harmful behaviors, emotions and thoughts — to treat insomnia. Rafael Pelayo, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences with the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, is quoted.
Many not sleeping enough – or well enough – and that's a killer
This piece discusses the dangers of sleep deprivation. Seiji Nishino, emeritus professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
AASM publishes clinical practice guideline on use of actigraphy for sleep disorders
The AASM just published a clinical practice guideline on the use of actigraphy for sleep disorders. Joseph Cheung, instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the division of sleep medicine, has been a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine's task force on actigraphy for the past two years.
Why do we sleep? A bedtime story
This is a bedtime story for America—a journey through time that brings us back to the first sleep studies on REM sleep, uncovering how things got so bad, and what we can do to change our habits—and our lives. Rafael Pelayo, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and William Dement, Lowell W. and Josephine Q. Berry Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emeritus, are interviewed in this piece.
Poor sleep linked to less exercise in people with arthritis
New research finds a strong relationship between a lack of physical activity and poor sleep quality in people with arthritis. Rafael Pelayo, who was not involved with the research, is quoted here.
Using medicine and science to improve the quality of life
This piece highlights medical and scientific discoveries that are being used to help people and save lives. The work of Sergiu Pasca, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who uses lab-grown brain organoids for research on psychiatric and neurological issues, is referenced here.
Using a CPAP machine can improve sex lives for some, study says
New research suggests that regular use of a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine could improve the sex lives of people with obstructive sleep apnea, especially in women. Rafael Pelayo, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who was not involved with the research, provides comment here.
Sleep Medicine at Stanford's 14th Annual Wellness Fair
Kimberly Truong, Sita Sawyer, and Fiona Barwick from the Division of Sleep Medicine were on site March 22nd for Stanford's 14th Annual Wellness Fair. The theme this year was “Creating a Wonderful World” and the team answered sleep questions, offered sleep challenges, and provided CPAP demonstrations. A good time was had by all!
Night owls have 10% higher mortality risk, study says
New research suggests that people who are evening types – or “night owls” – have a 10 percent increased risk of all-cause mortality compared with morning types of people. Jamie Zeitzer, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who was not involved with the research, provides comment in this piece.
The Japanese Art of Lounging
The article takes a look at the Japanese tradition of dozing off or lazing about in bed, somewhere between wakefulness and rest. Dr. Rafael Pelayo, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is interviewed for the article.
AASM members give drowsy driving presentation at annual Lifesavers Conference
Three of AASM’s Occupational Sleep Wellness Presidential Committee’s members attended the annual Lifesavers Conference on highway safety priorities in April 2018 to disseminate education in drowsy driving. Shannon Sullivan, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is featured.