On Tuesday, SLEEP 2012, the 26th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC, received attention from numerous national media outlets. Coverage included:
A study that found CPAP use helps improve depressive symptoms in patients appeared in all publications that use the HealthDay national service, including MSNBC and Newsday. The study found that even patients with sleep apnea who partly followed the prescribed treatment had improvements in their depressive symptoms.
HealthDay outlets also coveraged a SLEEP 2012 study that found that untreated sleep apnea stunts the development of children into their teenage years. Children who had sleep apnea into their teens had a higher rate of attention problems, aggressiveness, difficulties controlling their emotions and managing social situations, as well as diminished capabilities to care for themselves.
CBS Morning had a five-minute roundtable on sleep with Huffington Post Editor Arianna Huffington on the importance of sleep. Huffington, who last year suffered from a fall she attributes to sleep deprivation, is a leading advocate of sleep. She participated in the SLEEP 2012’s official Twitter discussion using the hashtag #SLEEP2012.
SLEEP 2012 in Boston, brings together more than 5,500 leading clinicians and scientists in the field of sleep medicine. More than 1,300 research abstracts presented at the meeting showcased new findings that contribute to the understanding of sleep and the effective diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.