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

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AAST Participates in the AWAKE Sleep Apnea Initiative

By: AAST Editor
May 24th, 2018

On June 8, patient voices in the discussion on sleep apnea will be heard, as the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) hosts the AWAKE Sleep Apnea initiative in Hyattsville, Maryland. This important meeting is focused on the full range of treatment approaches used by people with sleep apnea. The goal is to bring patient voices to the FDA to inform research and the development of more treatment options for sleep apnea.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 22, 2018

By: Tamara Sellman
May 22nd, 2018

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 Technology: A Nursing Perspective

By: Julia Worrall RN, CCRN, SANE, Executive Director, FACE
May 22nd, 2018

This is the final installment in a six-part series on the evolution of the sleep technologist role. AAST has engaged professionals from across allied healthcare to address, from their perspective, the value of collaborating more closely with sleep technologists and/or incorporating the discipline into their area of health. Nurses, Heal Thyself! I am a nurse. I have been for 20 years, and I have been tired for those entire two decades. I am not alone. As nurses, we are called upon to be superheroes ... impervious to things like hunger, pain, sadness and fatigue. We keep going. As the years go on we become crusty and curt. We proudly earn the nickname ‘Nurse Ratchett’. We show up. We put aside our fatigue to care for patients because we consider the need for sleep to be a character flaw; only for the weak. A true nurse can churn out shift after shift, even on minimal sleep because we will never abandon our patients.

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Why Sleep Education Is Crucial, an Interview with Cheryl Memmini, RRT, RPSGT, CCSH

By: Alexa Schlosser
May 17th, 2018

This is the last part in a six-part series on the evolution of the sleep technologist role. AAST has engaged professionals from across allied healthcare to address, from their perspective, the value of collaborating more closely with sleep technologists and/or incorporating the discipline into their area of health. In this installment, meet Cheryl Memmini. 

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 15, 2018

By: Tamara Sellman
May 15th, 2018

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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A Spotlight on the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project

By: AAST Editor
May 10th, 2018

In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine came together to establish the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. The project is a subgroup of Healthy People 2020, a federal interagency project wherein that, every 10 years identifies health priorities and creates work groups to address those priorities. For the past five years, the CDC, AASM and the Sleep Research Society have been working on this project to increase public knowledge about sleep, the treatment of sleep disorders, and how sleep can improve health, productivity, wellness, quality of life and safety.

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Integrative Healthcare: The Myofunctional Therapist’s Collaboration with Sleep

By: Katrina Basso, Myofunctional Therapy Provider, Communicative Disorders Assistant
May 8th, 2018

This is part four in a six-part series on the evolution of the sleep technologist. AAST has engaged professionals from across allied healthcare to address, from their perspective, the value of collaborating closer with sleep technologists and/or incorporating the discipline into their area of health.  Orofacial myology is the study and understanding of the normal and abnormal patterns surrounding the development of the muscles of the face and mouth, and in turn, how they affect speech, swallowing, dentition and sleep, among other areas. A myofunctional therapy provider is concerned with the importance of a term coined Oral Rest Posture (ORP). This refers to the proper resting place of the tongue in one’s oral cavity. At rest, the tongue should rest against the upper alveolar ridge, just behind the front teeth. The tongue should rest against the palate, with the sides of the tongue contained by the teeth. This position provides the proper foundation for the growth and development of the entire craniofacial mechanism and guides a persons tooth eruption, craniofacial and airway development.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 8, 2018

By: Tamara Sellman
May 8th, 2018

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 Technology: An Educator’s Perspective

By: Andrea Ramberg, RPSGT, CCSH, Centegra Health System
May 2nd, 2018

This is part three in a six-part series on the evolution of the sleep technologist. AAST has engaged professionals from across allied healthcare to address, from their perspective, the value of collaborating closer with sleep technologists and/or incorporating the discipline into their area of health.  Evolution, by any stretch of the imagination, can be a hard concept to grasp. It involves acknowledging that what is happening at the moment might not be the best thing to bring into the future, but trusting that the unknown is going to lead you to where you should be. How we take care of our patients today needs to adapt to the changing healthcare environment, where reimbursements are fluctuating and insurance payors are creating an uncertain future. The way in which we have always done things needs to adapt to this new healthcare reality. The sleep field has evolved tremendously over the years, and the role of a sleep professional continues to grow within the sleep realm. 

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 1, 2018

By: Tamara Sellman
May 1st, 2018

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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