Sleep Technology, also called Polysomnographic Technology, is an allied health-care occupation that embraces a unique body of knowledge and methodological skills. Sleep technologists are allied health professionals who work as part of a team under the general supervision of a licensed physician to assist in the education, evaluation, treatment and follow-up of sleep disorders patients of all ages. These professionals are specially trained to perform polysomnography and other tests used by a physician to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.
Polysomnography includes the process of analyzing, monitoring, and recording physiologic data during sleep and wakefulness. This includes providing polysomnography services that are safe, aseptic, preventive, and restorative, applying the use of techniques, equipment, and procedures involved in the evaluation of polysomnography for the treatment of sleep disorders that are offered during the staging, execution of and scoring of a sleep study. These procedures include, but are not limited to:
To become a sleep technologist, an individual must complete certain educational and training requirements. While completing these requirements, students, trainees, and technicians may perform certain sleep procedures while under proper supervision.
The supervision required for students, trainees, and technicians while completing these educational and training requirements includes: