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New medicine for daytime sleepiness

A new medicine for daytime sleepiness was approved this year. It should arrive in pharmacies in the next few months. Its name is SunosiR (or solriamfetol). It blocks reuptake of dopamine (DA) and norepinephrine (NE) into nerve cells that release these. As a result, DA and NE levels increase in the area between nerve cells…

CPAP Adherence and How to Improve It

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Unfortunately, only 59% of patients prescribed CPAP in the USA actually use it. Yet, being adherent to CPAP use is crucial in controlling OSA and its complications. The complications include sleepiness and fatigue, memory and concentration problems, high blood pressure, atrial…

Sleeping with half the brain

Sleeping with half the brain – is that even possible? Yes, it is. Many birds and aquatic mammals sleep with half the brain at any time, according to Scientific American (June 2019) [https://www.scientificamerican.com/magazine/sa/2019/06-01/?redirect=1] Mammals that live in water (whales, dolphins, porpoises) might drown if they fall asleep. They cannot breathe when under water. Therefore, they…

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