AASM Membership Sections Newsletter Issue #2
American Academy
of Sleep Medicine
Insomnia Section
Deirdre Conroy, PhD
Zhaoming Chen, MD, PhD
Beverly Fang, MD
Fahd Zarrouf, MD
Rebecca Quattrucci Scott, PhD
Welcome AASM members to a new and exciting year in insomnia.
SLEEP 2012 brought diverse and innovative research to the main stage
that will no doubt advance the field forward in research, education,
and treatment modalities.
Steering Committee
Deirdre A. Conroy, PhD (Chair)
Dr. Conroy obtained her PhD in
Psychology from City University
of New York. She completed her
clinical training in sleep disorders
medicine at New York Methodist
Hospital and Columbia Presby-
terian Medical Center. She then
completed a 2-year postdoctoral
fellowship at the University of
Michigan Addiction Research
Center. She is currently work-
ing as an Assistant Professor of
Psychiatry and Clinical Director
of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine
Program at the University of
Zhaoming Chen, MD, PhD
Vice Chair)
Dr. Chen’s medical degree is from
Shanghai Jiaotong university
school of medicine. He then went
to Drexel university for his neuro-
science PHD and the University
of Pennsylvania for his post-doc-
toral fellowship. He completed his
neurology residency and clini-
cal neurophysiology fellowship
including sleep medicine training
in Georgetown University. He is a
board certified neurologist, neu-
rophysiologist, and sleep medicine
specialist. He is currently working
as co-director of integrative neu-
rology in Stagnes hospital.
SLEEP 2012 Summary
For those that were not able to attend our section meeting in Boston, we
would again like to congratulate
Giora Pillar, MD, PhD
from Carmel
Medical Center and Technion for their abstract “
Objective insomnia but
not sleep state misperception is associated with overnight deterioration of
endothelial function”
Pillar & Daniel, 2012).
Updates from SLEEP 2012 Abstracts
by Deirdre A. Conroy, PhD
While space prohibits us from telling you about all of the excellent re-
search, here are some of the highlights. Congratulations to the research
groups highlighted here for their innovative work.
Insomnia in primary care:
Detecting insomnia may be made easier in
primary care by using a Sleep Symptom Checklist (SSC) which was used
to detect insomnia in recently diagnosed OSA patients in primary care at
risk for sleep apnea (Bailes et al., 2012). Nurse practitioners are willing to
help with insomnia treatment delivery, but they recommend we consider
a structured protocol, limited time, and reimbursement issues (Redeker,
Alexander, et al., 2012).
Medical comorbidities:
Prevalence of hypertension was found to be
greater in insomnia, even when controlling for age, gender, and BMI
Mansoor, Koshorek, Roth, Seto, & Drake, 2012)
A longitudinal study
showed that chronic insomnia with short objective sleep duration had as
high of a risk for hypertension as sleep apnea (Fernandez-Mendoza et al.,
Additionally, insomnia with objective short sleep duration was an
independent risk factor for incident diabetes (Miksiewicz et al., 2012)
CBTI is feasible for insomnia related fatigue in patients with stable heart
failure (Redeker, Andrews, et al., 2012)
comorbid OSA and PLMD (Garb
et al., 2012)
and perimenopausal women (Nowakowski, Dowdle, Suh,
Siebern, & Manber, 2012)
New tools to characterize hyperarousal in insomniacs
may including the pre-sleep experience questionnaire (PSEQ) (Zottola,
Germain, Buysse, Begley, & Hall, 2012) or the combination of a >15
minute latency to sleep score on the MSLT in combination with norepi-
nephrine levels (Roehrs, Randall, & Roth, 2012b)
Insomnia patients with