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CPAP Machines/CPAP Masks: What You and Your Patients Need to Know

By: AAST Associate Editor
April 9th, 2021

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is the most commonly prescribed device for treating sleep apnea and associated sleep-related breathing disorders, delivering a steady flow of pressurized air into a patient's nose and mouth as they sleep. This keeps airways open and helps normalize breathing. Recent research has shown that patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) exhibited improvements in sleepiness and depressive and anxiety symptoms after three years of CPAP use. Another study found that patients with OSA and a history of cardiovascular disease treated with CPAP therapy reported 20% higher levels of moderate physical activity compared with non-CPAP users, with these patients also more likely to exercise at levels meeting clinical recommendations.

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Dear AAST: What Membership Is Right for Me?

By: AAST Associate Editor
March 31st, 2021

AAST is proud to launch its Dear AAST blog column. This column is aimed at answering questions our audience, particularly AAST members, have on all aspects of AAST – from membership and educational offerings to CECs and new product offerings. Be sure to check the blog often for the latest columns.

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From Home Sleep Testing to AutoPAP: The Key Role of Patient Education

By: Cheryl Memmini RRT, RPSGT, CCSH
March 23rd, 2021

It has always been important that a patient is educated on their sleep disorder to increase the chances of them following through with their therapy. Now it is more important than ever before. More and more patients are opting for home sleep tests (HSTs) and then going directly to AutoPAP with no time spent in the sleep lab.

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Melatonin ― The Hormone of Darkness

By: AAST Associate Editor
March 11th, 2021

Known as the "hormone of darkness," melatonin, a natural-occurring hormone primarily released by the brain's pineal gland at night, is commonly taken as an oral supplement for the treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders. It is by far the most used sleep aid used in the United States, with 3 million Americans using it in 2012, according to a nationwide survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Questions remain, however, as to its effectiveness; it has been found that while it may induce sleep faster in some people, it may not necessarily improve overall sleep maintenance or increase sleep duration.

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Virtual Meeting Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts

By: Dottie Covey-Elleby, BS, RPSGT
February 25th, 2021

It would be fair to say that this year, 2020, has been more than unique. It started out much like any other new year, full of hope and promise, only to be redirected by the Coronavirus. Decisions had to be made, and made quickly, about how to continue operations where possible. Business as usual was no longer…usual.

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Recent Pediatric Sleep News, February 2021

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
February 19th, 2021

Pediatric Sleep Wire is an occasional supplemental news report capturing pediatric sleep news of relevant interest to sleep technologists and sleep health educators not featured in our regular news series, This Week in Sleep Medicine.

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Multilevel Upper Airway Surgery for OSA

By: Regina Patrick, RPSGT, RST
February 18th, 2021

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the intermittent obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. OSA can result from a nasal obstruction, oropharyngeal obstruction, hypopharyngeal obstruction or obstruction in a combination of these areas. The most common treatment for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in which lightly pressurized air is blown into the airway by way of a mask that covers the nose or nose and mouth. The force of the air pressure pushes against upper airway tissues to maintain an open airway.

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Sleep Technologist Advice

This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 16, 2021

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
February 16th, 2021

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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Recent Insomnia News, February 2021

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
February 12th, 2021

Insomnia Wire is an occasional supplemental news report  capturing insomnia news of relevant interest to sleep technologists and sleep health educators not featured in our regular news series, This Week in Sleep Medicine.

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OSA | Stroke

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Stroke

By: Monica Roselli
February 11th, 2021

Ischemic stroke (or acute stroke) is the second leading cause of long-term disability. Many who suffer from ischemic stroke also have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Currently, ischemic stroke treatment therapies have a very limited therapeutic window and are not widely applicable to most patients. The treatment of OSA in patients with acute ischemic stroke is now being looked to as a novel, therapeutic approach to preventing stroke.

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