Saturday, January 20, 2007

iVilllage & Healthology Provide Valuable Sleep Education Resouces

Healthology is one of the leading producers and distributors of physician-generated health and medical information on the Internet for consumers, patients and health professionals. With one of the largest and most distinguished libraries of original video and text-based health content on the Web, Healthology provides seamless solutions for online, health information needs.

iVillage & Healthology's Consumer Health Library contains numerous sleep educational Webcasts, sets of interactive lecture series, and text articles --all at no cost -- that feature interviews with some noted and board certified sleep medicine specialists. When visiting the homepage, readers should search "sleep" to view some topics by specialists including:

Arthur J. Spielman, PhD, Professor of Psychology, City College of New York; James C. O'Brien, MD, FCCP , ABSM, President, Talk About Sleep; Michael Thorpy, MD, D,ABSM, Director, Sleep Wake Disorders Center; Montefiore Medical CenterAssociate Professor of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Saul A. Rothenberg, Ph.D., D,ABSM, Licensed Psychologist, Connecticut and New York; Rafael Pelayo, MD, D,ABSM, Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine; Gary Zammit, PhD, D,ABSM, Sleep Disorders Institute; Brooke Judd, MD, ABSM, Dartmouth Medical School; and Daniel J. Buysse, MD, D,ABSM, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Be well, Sleep Well,

Sadness Over Passing of California Dreamin' Vocalist

Learning of the passing of so many artists that painted the canvas of Baby Boomer popular culture during my youth makes me gloomy to see them leave this world. With the death of Mamas and the Papas band member Denny Doherty yesterday, his music will still live on, but somehow it only puts another painful hit on those of us that remain behind. Doherty died at the age of 66 from kidney ailment complications. For you Gen X and Gen Y readers, The Mamas and the Papas, broke the mold for traditional unisex musical groups by presenting a blend of '60s upbeat pop and folk music while trailblazing the path for future bands made up of both women and men to be within acceptable limits. Their number one hit "California Dreamin" is one of my personal favorites. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Denny, we’ll miss your angelic voice, but we can smile and hold our lighters up knowing you’re probably vocalizing some great harmonies with the late Papa John Phillips and Mama Cass Elliot now as you sleep the final sleep.

Sleep well, Denny.


Friday, January 19, 2007

NASA Sleep Educational Videos

This is a very interesting site called the Open Video Project, and if you go to this link and input the word “sleep” into the search function, you can view an array of NASA video files on the subject. Many are suitable for showing when you do your outreach visits to local schools when raising awareness about sleep in your communities. All you would need is a laptop, a projector, and a wireless connection. Ask the school to provide this for your presentations if you do not have access to this equipment.

About the Open Video Project:
Anticipating a future with widespread access to large digital libraries of video, a great deal of research is currently focused on many areas related to digital video. Research in these areas requires that each investigator acquire and digitize video for their studies since the multimedia information retrieval community does not yet have a standard collection of video to be used for research purposes.

The purpose of the Open Video Project is to collect and make available a repository of digitized video content for the digital video, multimedia retrieval, digital library, and other research communities. Researchers can use the video to study a wide range of problems, such as tests of algorithms for automatic segmentation, summarization, and creation of surrogates that describe video content; the development of face recognition algorithms; or creating and evaluating interfaces that display result sets from multimedia queries. Because researchers attempting to solve similar problems will have access to the same video content, the repository is also intended to be used as a test collection that will enable systems to be compared, similar to the way the TREC conferences are used for text retrieval.

Be well, Sleep Well,


Happy 10th Anniversary Brendan & Debbie!

I just have to take a moment to congratulate my longtime friends, Brendan Duffy, RPSGT, and Debbie Carr, RPSGT, on their tenth anniversary together. No, they're not a couple, but certainly a couple of great sleep techs that have worked wonderfully together in Port Jefferson, NY for the past decade. Brendan (many of you endearingly call him “Labman2” on the Binarysleep Forum ) and Debbie are currently part of the great team at St. Charles Hospital Sleep Disorders Center, part of the Catholic Health System of Long Island.

Two better sleep techs you’ll never meet, and if I ever get a sleep study done, it is them I want monitoring my waves! I met Labman and Debbie years ago at a North East Sleep Society (NESS) meeting, and they’ve been dear to my heart ever since. Happy 10th, my friends!

Be well, Sleep Well,

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

"Sleep" in The Song

I know so many of you know and collect the songs that contain the word sleep (or dream, night, moon, or stars) in the titles or verses.

I found a great list at Wikipedia, and these are just the ones under "T"

Talking in Your Sleep" by Crystal Gayle
Talking In Your Sleep" by The Romantics
"Thetawaves" by System of a Down
"Tired Of Sleeping" by Suzanne Vega
"To Go To Sleep" by
British Sea Power
"Toxic Holiday" by
"Together In Electric Dreams" by
Human League
"Trouble Sleeping" by
The Perishers
"Troubled Sleep" by
Cormac McCarthy


Carlos Schenck, M.D., Author of "Paradox Lost: Midnight in the Battleground of Sleep and Dreams"

I spoke with Dr. Schenck today, and what a great doctor he is! I've always wanted to meet him. I can't help but think how fulfilling his life must be since he's lucky enough to see patients successfully treated for parasomnias, and living brand new lives (without the old fears). Bed partners must really be appreciative!!!

I discovered today that my daughter stole his book, "Paradox Lost: Midnight in the Battleground of Sleep and Dreams" from my office to read. Boy, is she lucky Mom already read it....and she had better return it as well!

It was so refreshing -- Dr. Schenck spoke a lot about sleep technologists to me. He credits the success of diagnosing parasomnia patients to diligent sleep technologists that assist in the cause nationwide and abroad. Keep up the great work, Guys & Gals!

He talked about the potential for parasomnia comorbidities, and how important it is to keep vigilent when we have sleep apnea patients in our labs for sleep studies. He's so right! I remember some cases where an obstructive sleep apnea patient had some very loud outbursts and thrashing, pulling leads off and shouting while I was performing their sleep studies.

I know you all will enjoy listening to Dr. Schenck on the show Jan. 29th. He's a very informative presenter.

You know, we're approaching that National Sleep Foundation (NSF) National Sleep Awareness Week (NSAW) time of year again (I call it Sleep Holy Week #1- APSS is Sleep Holy Week #2). It's almost like you can feel it in the air if you're in the Sleep Community. All of my sleep friends are like kindred spirits ready to celebrate! Pretty soon, we'll start seeing sleep stories on local TV stations, and read it in every newspaper we pick up. And lest we not forget National Sleep Technologist Appreciation Week is usually right after! Be sure and show your gratitude to the tech, the foot soldiers in the quest for good sleep.

Maybe you want to jot these down:

NSAW 2007 - Save the Dates!

* National Sleep Awareness Week: March 5-11
* NSF Women & Sleep Workshop: March 5-6, JW Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC
* 7th Annual Night of a Thousand Dreams Gala: March 6, JW Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC

Until next time,

Be well, Sleep Well,

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Sleep Cycle

If you have ever wondered about why people have to sleep or what causes dreams, then read on. In this article, you'll find out all about sleep and what it does for you.

Go to "How Stuff Works" to see some good sleep staging information.

Be well, Sleep Well,


Did you ever wonder where the term "cat nap" originated?

According to , cats conserve energy by sleeping more than most animals, especially as they grow older. Daily durations of sleep vary, usually 12–16 hours, with 13–14 being the average. Some cats can sleep as much as 20 hours in a 24-hour period. The term cat nap refers to the cat's ability to fall asleep (lightly) for a brief period and has entered the English lexicon – someone who nods off for a few minutes is said to be "taking a cat nap".