Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Newsletter December 2018




NEWSLETTER VOLUME 25 december 2018


PRESIDENT'S BLOG:  december 2018

Dr Donna Arand, SBSM President, shares with the SBSM members current updates about SBSM activities.  



featured member - James findley, phd, dbsm

Dr Findley is Clinical Director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Penn Sleep Center, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. 


FEATURED TRAINEE - jeavoni alejandre, ma

Jeavoni Alejandre is currently a student at George Fox University in her second year of the Doctoral Program of Clinical Psychology. The PsyD program is very much a generalist program, though she is specifically interested in sleep psychology. 



Board of behavioral sleep medicine updates;  michael schmitz, phd, lp, dbsm, President

The Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BBSM) congratulates our BSM colleagues who have been awarded the Diplomate of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Their names have been posted on the Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine website.  Dr. Michael Schmitz, BBSM President emphasized that "BBSM specialty certification is designed to demonstrate competency and qualifications in delivering quality behavioral sleep medicine care." The DBSM represents a standard of specialty competence in behavioral sleep medicine by which the public, government and regulatory agencies, and health care organizations can identify skill and expertise."  


The application period for the next exam scheduled for March 16-30, 2019 is open until January 2 - 15, 2019.  The CBSM Holder Application will also be open until July 31, 2020.  With this application, CBSM holders will be exempted from taking the current BSM examination provided they otherwise meet DBSM eligibility criteria.  For more information visit the Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.


Call for abstracts, proposals, symposia,and poster submission: 1st Annual Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM) scientific Meeting

Join us for the 1st Annual SBSM Scientific Meeting to be held September 12-15, 2019 in Birmingham, AL, at the amazing Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Resort & Spa. 


This is a destination meeting for you and your family.  Click here for more information on the Ross Bridge Resort a destination for learning, networking and relaxing.



Theme:  Advancing the Science of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and its impact on population science



Science  Advisory committee  - natasha williams, Edd, mph, msw 

The NIH is seeking written comments about the proposed Clinical Trials policy,  Submit written comments at



Journal article review - michael nadorff, phd

Use of Actigraphy for the Evaluation of Sleep Disorders and Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders: An American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, and GRADE Assessment


Michael T. Smith, MA, PhD; Christina S. McCrae, PhD; Joseph Cheung, MD, MS; Jennifer L. Martin, PhD;
Christopher G. Harrod, MS; Jonathan L. Heald, MA; Kelly A. Carden, MD

When I was in graduate school we used to get actigraphy data on every sleep client we saw, though I must admit in my own practice I typically will only use it
in complex cases or for those with sleep diaries that don’t add up…sometimes literally. I always trusted in the Schutte-Rodin et al. (2008) guidelines that stated that actigraphy could be used, but it didn’t have to be a core piece of insomnia assessment. However, that paper is quite long in the tooth, and for some time I have been wondering whether my practices were still in line with the latest and greatest best practice recommendations.


Thankfully several of our BSM colleagues have recently published a systematic review on the use of actigraphy in the evaluation of sleep disorders to help address this gap in the literature, and the guilt I felt regarding actigraphy (Smith, et al. 2018). Instead of summarizing their findings, which is impossible in such a brief format, let me tell you why you need to read this paper. The authors did a wonderful job looking not only at actigraphy in different disorders, but also different metrics of sleep assessment, such as total sleep time, sleep latency, WASO, etc., providing recommendations on actirgaphy’s use for each metric! This is incredibly valuable, as they found that actigraphy was much more useful in accessing some metrics (e.g. total sleep time and sleep latency) than others 

(e.g. sleep efficiency). As a practitioner, this information is gold. Actigraphy, like a hammer, is a valuable tool, though it is only valuable if you know what it can and cannot do. Without that, it is a very poor screwdriver. This paper will help you know the difference between the nails and the screws in your sleep practice so you can better utilize actigraphy data in your clinical care.

After reviewing the article, I plan on doing actigraphy with all my sleep clients once again (except for those with periodic limb movements) as this paper has helped me see that actigraphy is not redundant with a sleep diary on standard cases, but rather it provides an improved measure of several sleep metrics, and given the cost, it is well worth inclusion in my (and perhaps your) sleep assessment battery.


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SBSM education calendar - save the dates

Plan to join us: 


     2018 Practice and Consultation Webinar

       Date:   November 28, 2018

       Time:  12:00 Noon Eastern time

       Topic:  Restless Legs Syndrome

       Presenter:  Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH

       Discussant:  John Winkelman, MD, PhD




     2018 Science Advisory Webinar

       Date:   December 10, 2018

       Time:  1:00 pm Eastern time

       Topic:  Opportunities for BSM Research in Agencies Across the Federal Government

       Presenter:  Michael Twery, PhD

       Discussant:  Wai Sze Chang, PhD




2019 SBSM 1st Annual Scientific Conference - Mark your Calendars!
September 12 - 15, 2019 - Birmingham, AL 




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