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The latest on all issues affecting sleep technologists, including trends, insights, tips and more.

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Book Review: The Science of Sleep

By: Tamara Sellman
July 11th, 2019

I first learned about this author through a really helpful episode of Sleep Talk, a podcast produced and aired last February by Drs. Moira Junge and David Cunningham. The focus of that episode was sleeping pills, and author Dr. Wallace Mendelson gave a fascinating historical play-by-play of the rise of hypnotics, sedatives and other sleep-inducing agents. It’s worth listening to if you’re still intimidated by this wide category of pharmaceutical sleep aids.

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Changing the Way We Think About Insomnia – One YouTube Video at a Time

By: AAST Editor
July 10th, 2019

Daniel Erichsen, MD, saw it time and time again. Patients would come into his sleep clinic in Oregon complaining of insomnia, and he would tell them the same thing: If you don’t try to sleep, eventually you will. But they weren’t always listening. “I got frustrated with just saying the same thing over and over,” Erichsen says. “I thought, ‘There’s got to be a better way I can communicate with a lot of people at once.’”

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 9, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
July 9th, 2019

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.  

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 2, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
July 2nd, 2019

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week IMAGE: "Frog sleeping with Sky Lover" (admittedly not a professional photo, but I loved capturing this unintended photobomber yesterday on my front porch while trying to capture these new blue pimpernel blossoms—TKS)    Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.  

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 25, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
June 25th, 2019

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.  

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Sleep Disorders | Sleep Medicine | sleep disorder breathing and children | Research

Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarkers in Children With OSA

By: Regina Patrick, RPSGT, RST
June 20th, 2019

The neurocognitive disorder Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5 million Americans. Its prevalence is expected to triple by 2060. People affected by Alzheimer’s disease have increasing problems with memory, judgement and doing daily tasks of living as the disease progresses. Various studies have indicated that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and that people with OSA have increased levels of certain biomarkers (e.g., amyloid beta protein) associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have recently noted increased levels of biomarkers associated with Alzheimer’s disease in young children with OSA.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 18, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
June 18th, 2019

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.  

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Are You Ordering Your Credentials Correctly?

By: AAST Editor
June 13th, 2019

Credentials are a great thing to have. Not only do they signal to others what kind of specializations you have, they also display how hard you’ve worked in your career. It's commonplace for people to include their credentials on a variety of things — email signatures, business cards, name placards — but are you displaying them correctly?

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 11, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
June 11th, 2019

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.  

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CPAP | sleep apnea

PAP Eliminates Apnea. Why Doesn’t It Eliminate OSAS?

By: Richard Rosenberg, PhD
June 6th, 2019

It’s finals week here at Cal State Long Beach, and we’re in the process of adopting a new mascot. I voted for the giraffe, a regal and noble animal with attractive coloring and a long tongue, but it came in dead last behind the pelican. The pelican? Seriously? The one with the big bag for carrying fish in its beak? The overwhelming winner was the shark; we have a world-famous shark research program here. But shark mascots are everywhere, and they all look like the “Saturday Night Live” land shark from years ago. And they have so many teeth. But I digress.

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