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

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obstructive sleep apnea | OSA | Axonal Degeneration

Axonal Degeneration in Soft Palate Nerves May Contribute to Obstructive Sleep Apnea

By: Regina Patrick, RPSGT, RST
January 23rd, 2020

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the intermittent cessation of breathing during sleep, occurs when the upper airway tissues (e.g., tonsils, fatty tissue) repeatedly collapse into the upper airway and partially or fully block airflow. The collapsibility of the upper airway in people with OSA is believed to occur because the upper airway muscles relax excessively during sleep, which allows structures supported by the muscles to collapse into the upper airway. Some research indicates that altered neuronal activation may contribute to the reduced tone of the upper airway muscles. Much of this research has focused on innervation of dilator muscles such as the genioglossus muscle (which forms the bulk of the tongue). However, another structure that contributes to obstruction is the soft palate. In recent years, scientists have begun examining whether neuronal injury in the soft palate muscles could contribute to OSA.

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quality sleep | quantity of sleep | quantity vs quality sleep

Quantity of Sleep Vs Quality of Sleep: Why this is Important?

By: Kevin Asp
January 22nd, 2020

When you've had a good night's sleep, you can definitely tell. You wake up feeling full of energy, refreshed, and you're ready to begin your day. Sleep is important for both mental and physical well-being.

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PAP Titration Guide

Manual Titration of Positive Airway Pressure in Patients with OSA and Related Respiratory Disturbances

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 21, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
January 21st, 2020

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week WYWS is taking a brief hiatus next week and will return on Tuesday February 4, 2020. Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.

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Recent Sleep Disorder News January 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
January 17th, 2020

Sleep Disorder Wire is an occasional supplemental news report capturing sleep disorder news* of relevant interest to sleep technologists and sleep health educators not featured in our regular news series, This Week in Sleep Medicine. *beyond insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, and sleep breathing disorders, which appear as separate curations in the Sleep Wire series

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sleep needs | women

Unique Sleep Needs of Women

By: AAST Associate Editor
January 16th, 2020

At the AAST 2019 Annual Meeting, Sept. 6-8 in St. Louis, Andrea Ramberg, RPSGT, CCSH, and Alex Perkins presented on a panel focused on women and sleep. What follows is an interview with Ramberg and Perkins on some of the topics of their panel. AAST members can download their session slides on the AAST website.

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sleep needs

How Much Sleep Do I Need? (Infants, Pediatrics, Teens, and Adults)

By: Kevin Asp
January 15th, 2020

As a sleep technologist, you should know (and be telling your patients) that obtaining enough sleep is important to help to maintain optimal well-being and health. When it comes to health, sleep is just as important as eating a balanced diet and regular exercise.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 14, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
January 14th, 2020

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 Pediatric Sleep News, January 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
January 10th, 2020

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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Sleep Spindles

How Technology is Impacting Sleep

By: AAST Associate Editor
January 9th, 2020

In today’s world, there are so many sleep devices at our fingertips. From wearables that measure our sleep patterns to apps that track them, it seems as though there are many sleep-related products to choose from. But are these products reliable? In this edition of our video series Sleep Spindles, AAST board members Brendan Duffy and Bretton Hevener discuss these new types of products, as well as how they see technology affecting the field in the future.  

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 7, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
January 7th, 2020

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

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