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

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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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PAP Titration Guide

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

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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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Sleep Technologist Advice

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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Sleep Technologist Advice

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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Sleep Spindles

Monthly Musings

By: AAST Associate Editor
December 23rd, 2019

Each month, AAST reaches out on our social media pages to ask our fans their opinions on a variety of topics. In this edition of Sleep Spindles, A2Zzz Magazine Associate Editor Kate Jacobson asks AAST board members Bretton Hevener and Michael Eden to answer some of our most popular questions.

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Recent Sleep Apnea News December 2019

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
December 20th, 2019

Sleep Apnea Wire is an occasional supplemental news report capturing sleep breathing disorder 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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seasonal affective disorder | SAD | winter blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Causes and Treatment Options

By: IAIN BOYLE, RPSGT
December 19th, 2019

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) was first noted before 1845, but was not officially named until the early 1980’s. As sunlight has affected the seasonal activities of animals (i.e., reproductive cycles and hibernation), SAD may occur in humans due to this seasonal light   variation. As seasons change there is a shift in our circadian rhythm. This is due partly to the changes in sunlight frequency and duration. The result is having our biological clocks fall out of “step” with our daily schedules. As the days get shorter the problem may worsen.

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