Sleep Matters

Sleep Matters

A new blog from the ATS Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly about all things sleep!


National sleep apnea awareness day (April 3, 2019)

Did you know that April 18 is Sleep Apnea Awareness Day? It’s an important day, not just because it allows us to advocate for the health of our patients, but also because it celebrates a milestone in OSA history. On April 18, 1981, Sullivan and colleagues published a case series of five patients who had OSA successfully treated by way of nasal CPAP. ... [read more]


The long and short of respiratory events in OSA (April 1, 2019)

AHI. It’s often the only number that practitioners use to characterize sleep apnea severity, which is kind of amazing when you think about it, since polysomnograms and even home sleep apnea tests record huge amounts of data. At our institution, even the report summarizing a polysomnogram is eight pages long, and yet ... [read more]


ATS news (March 30, 2019)

Did you know that the program for ATS 2019 is available online?
http://conference.thoracic.org/program/index.php ... [read more]


Revisiting oxygen for hypertension in OSA (March 29, 2019)

Ah, summer 2014. Seems like just yesterday that Sam Smith was hitting the high notes on “Stay With Me,” and John Legend was letting us know how much of him loved us (hint: all). But a hugely influential paper in sleep medicine also came out in the New England Journal of Medicine in June 2014, “CPAP versus Oxygen in Obstructive Sleep Apnea.” In this paper, Gottlieb and colleagues ... [read more]


Melatonin works better than you'd think in kids (March 26, 2019)

Melatonin is the neurohormone that serves as the major regulator of the circadian drive for wakefulness. It’s released primarily by the pineal gland, resulting from light stimulus to the retina, via the retinohypothalamic tract, the suprachiasmatic nucleus, and the superior cervical ganglion. Melatonin isn’t regulated by the FDA; instead it’s considered a supplement. It is probably one of the most widely used substances for sleep in the United States ... [read more]

Last Reviewed: May 2019