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The aim of this sleep medicine podcast is to provide health care professionals who deal with sleep related issues with the most up to date clinical information when. We use expert interviews with leaders in the field of sleep medicine to help guide learning and grow clinical practice. We also try to have some fun along the way.

The White Noise Podcast The White Noise Podcast

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The aim of this sleep medicine podcast is to provide health care professionals who deal with sleep related issues with the most up to date clinical information when. We use expert interviews with leaders in the field of sleep medicine to help guide learning and grow clinical practice. We also try to have some fun along the way.

    Episode 8- A psychodynamic approach to parasomnia

    Episode 8- A psychodynamic approach to parasomnia

    Join us this month as we discuss parasomnias with psychologist Dr. Alan Eiser. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 7 - OSA and cardiovascular disease

    Episode 7 - OSA and cardiovascular disease

    Join us this month as we discuss OSA and cardiovascular disease with Dr. Peter Farrehi, a cardiologist at the University of Michigan. We focus on arrhythmias, but do delve into other topics as well. We hope you enjoy!

    Time Stamps

    00:45 intro3:00 best advice6:50 pick of the month12:12 discussion begins12:30 What should we be looking for on a sleep ECG?14:00 See the patient or do the sleep study first?16:38 should every patient with afib get a sleep study?17:15 STOP BANG screening and afib19:30 arrhythmia and auto-cpap21:30 heart failure and preserved EF22:50 why does OSA predispose to atrial fibrillation26:00 anti arrhythmic drugs for afib with co-morbid sleep apnea29:00 minutes coughing can be edited if you want29:30 rate or rhythm control for afib?31:00 fatigue or sleepiness?32:20 Other sleep related arrhythmias32:36 Non sustained ventricular tachycardia33:00 Sustained ventricular tachycardia36:00 arrhythmia and management on the sleep end37:40 Long QT38:00 Chronic afib38:30 sinus pause39:30 AV block42:00 2 Lead ECG problems43:00 medicare games44:30 positional therapy47:15 virtual visits discussed vs face to face
    48:30 screening afib for OSA50:33 compliance and non compliance - sleep heart health study51:00 Meta –review JAMA52:40 arrhythmia and cpap, when will my arrhythmia improve?54:30 treat sleep apnea prior to cardioversion?58:50 PVC’s1:01:00 7 pvc/minute1:02:00 PACs?1:03:00 bigeminy or trigemini?1:04:20 oxygen nadir and oxygen desaturation index1:12:30 using oxygen nadir to reach the patient1:15 wrap up

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode #6 - Sleep and ADHD

    Episode #6 - Sleep and ADHD

    Join us as we talk with Dr. Barbara Felt about the management of ADHD in children with sleep disorders,

    37:14 – Second-line medications for ADHD

    38:08 – How late in the day can stimulant medications be given without risk of sleep disruption?

    38:28 – How to approach the evaluation of night terrors in the patient from our case

    40:22 – What is a “normal” ferritin in children?

    41:15 – What is average ferritin in pre-school children?

    41:40 – How do you approach a vague history provided by children regarding RLS symptoms?

    43:12 – What dose of iron should be used to treat children with RLS?

    44:00 – If treatment of OSA improves ADHD symptoms, is it reasonable to wean stimulant medications?

    45:57 – How frequently should one re-evaluate medication doses for children with ADHD?

    47:23 – Can ADHD resolve over time? Is ADHD a life-long disease?

    50:32 – How commonly do children with ADHD have difficulty falling asleep?

    52:15 – Discussion about behavioral insomnia of childhood, limit-setting type and combined type

    54:35 – What sort of behavioral treatments are useful for children with insomnia?

    56:20 – Are children with ADHD more likely to have circadian rhythm disorders?

    59:00 – On the importance of sleep routines for children with ADHD

    59:47 – Opportunities for research in the field of ADHD and sleep

    1:02:42 – What dose of melatonin should be recommended for children?

    1:05:01 – Take-home points from Dr. Felt

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode #5 Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Episode #5 Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Show notes will be up shortly. Thank you for your patience!

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode #4 Restless Legs Syndrome

    Episode #4 Restless Legs Syndrome

    Legs bothering you? Well join the The White Noise Podcast as we pick the brain of Dr. Andy Berkowski, clinical associate professor and restless leg expert at the University of Michigan. Learn all about the diagnosis and management of restless legs syndrome. There is also a guest appearance by hepcidin, the bouncer at Club Ferritin.

    CME credit link will be here when available

    Show Notes – Season 1, Episode 4 – Restless legs syndrome

    Time stamps

    – Introduction

    – Interview starts

    – Picks of the month

    – Case

    – Initial thoughts on case

    14:00 – Diagnosis of restless legs syndrome

    16:50 – Diagnostic criteria for restless legs syndrome

    – Difficulties in diagnosis

    – Key questions to ask in taking history

    24:00 – Periodic limbs vs restless legs syndrome

    28:30 – Pathogenesis of restless legs syndrome

    – History of Willis-Ekbom disease

    – Case

    36:40 – Medications for restless legs syndrome

    – Dopamine agonists

    – Alpha-2-delta-ligands

    – Iron therapy

    – PO vs IV iron supplementation

    – IV iron formulations

    – Narcotics

    – Augmentation

    – Non pharmacologic therapies

    – Medications that worsen restless leg syndrome

    1:16:00 – Screening for restless legs syndrome

    1:18:00 – Follow-up of restless legs syndrome patients

    1:18:50 – Sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome

    – Take home points

    – Interview end


    Augmentation: The process by which the symptoms of restless legs syndrome occur earlier in the day, become more severe, are less responsive to treatment, and spread to other parts of the body (e.g. arms and trunk), usually due to treatment with escalating doses of dopaminergic medications.

    Restless legs syndrome: A condition characterized by an urge to move one’s legs (often accompanied by unpleasant sensations in the legs) that is most prominent at rest, partially or totally relieved by movement, and classically worse in the evening. The symptoms must not be better explained by another condition such as peripheral neuropathy.

    Periodic limb movements of sleep: Periodic, repetitive, stereotyped limb movements that occur during sleep. American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) scoring criteria require a minimum of 4 limb movements in series with 5-90 seconds between movements. Periodic limb movements of sleep are seen in the majority of patients with restless legs syndrome who undergo polysomnography.

    Periodic limb movement disorder: A disorder characterized by more than 15 periodic limb movements per hour of sleep in adults (greater than 5 in children) that cause a significant sleep disturbance and/or functional impairment not better explained by a different disease entity.

    Akathisia: An inner sense of restlessness and desire to move that is often caused by dopamine antagonist medications, is usually generalized (not limited to the legs), and is unlikely to be totally relieved by movement.

    Clinical Pearls

    Restless legs is a clinical diagnosisThe hallmark of the disease is a SENSATION  of the need to move. There must be a circadian component to make a diagnosis. Augmentation will almost inevitably occur

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode #2 Nightmare Disorder Part 1

    Episode #2 Nightmare Disorder Part 1

    Episode written and produced by John Barkham, MD, Mohan Dutt, MD, and Alok Sachdeva MD.

    The White Noise Podcast discusses the medical management of nightmare disorders with our very own Dr. John Barkham, who is a clinical lecturer at the Ann Arbor VA. This is part one of our two part series on nightmare disorders.

    Show Notes Season 1-Episode 2- Nightmare Disorder Part 1 

    Time Stamps

    0:00 – Introduction

    4:51 – Guest Introduction

    8:10 – Picks of the month

    Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson The Big Fella by Jane Leavy Star Trek: Discovery

    11:29 – Clinical case begins

    11:40 – Evaluation of nightmares

    The effect of continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) on nightmares in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

    22:00 – Nightmares in the veteran population

    25:30 – Prazosin use for nightmare disorder

    Clinical case series: the use of Prazosin for combat-related recurrent nightmares among Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veterans.

    28:00 – Diagnostic criteria for nightmare disorder

    Position Paper for the Treatment of Nightmare Disorder in Adults: An American Academy of Sleep Medicine Position Paper

    32:05 – Disturbing dreams and nightmare severity index (DDNSI)

    Nightmare complaints in treatment-seeking patients in clinical sleep medicine settings: diagnostic and treatment implications.

    34:00 – Resumption of case

    37:45 – Prazosin dosing

    41:50 – Problems with the DDNSI

    47:18 – Pharmacologic alternatives to prazosin

    51:00 – Alternatives to pharmacotherapy

    Imagery rehearsal therapy for chronic nightmares in sexual assault survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder: a randomized controlled trial.

    Additional Information

    From: Callen et al, Nightmare Disorders in Adults

    From: Callen et al, Nightmare Disorders in Adults


    The authors of The White Noise Podcast have no financial disclosures

    • 54 min

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