14 October 2016


October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month, and that means making sure our youngest and most vulnerable people are sleeping without risk of suffocation or a mysterious case of Sudden Infant Dealth Syndrome (SIDS).

This week, we spotlight recent news about SIDS with content spanning the last six months.
  • Nationwide reports on local efforts to prevent SIDS
  • Tips for safe sleeping for infants
  • SIDS research (including melatonin studies, genetics, vaccines, and inner ear problems)
  • Swaddling, co-sleeping, and suffocation risks
  • Outreach from bereaved parents
  • Parents' rights to SIDS education
  • SIDS and day care environments
  • What exactly is SIDS?
  • Products to help prevent SIDS
  • SIDS myths and misconceptions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also referred to in some cases as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID or SUDI), cot death, or crib death, takes the lives of 3,500 infants under age 1 years in the United States. 

This is an absolutely heartbreaking essay written by a mother who lost her baby to SIDS: please steel yourself and go read it to be reminded of the blessings that we all have when our children sleep through the night safely and wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. 

The mysterious nature of SIDS makes these deaths exponentially tragic because there's still so much we don't know about this disorder, which can still occur even in babies who are not co-sleeping or asleep on their tummies.

To read this week's curation:

07 October 2016

In the spotlight: sleep deprivation and sleep debt

This week, we spotlight recent news about sleep deprivation and sleep debt (the accumulation of sleep deprivation that may never be reversed for some people) with more than 50 links that cover all kinds of territory: 
  • Drowsy driving and its relationship to sleep deprivation
  • Sleepy people around the globe
  • Sleep deprivation and memory problems
  • The high cost of sleep deprivation in the workplace
  • Solutions for getting adequate Zzz and reclaiming a healthy sleep schedule
  • College student sleep deprivation
  • How sleep-deprived kids suffer differently
  • Mood and sleep loss
  • How sleep deprivation shortens women's lives
  • Police officer fatigue and sleep debt

Be aware that regular sleep loss and habits which prevent you from getting at least 7 hours of quality of sleep a night are going to have a long-term impact on your overall health and will increase your chances for having a fatal car accident, making major mistakes at work, or suffering from relationship problems. 

This week's links were published or updated been 8.1.16 and 10.7.16