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

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Sleep Disorders | strange sleep

RBD: The Kicking and Screaming Sleep Disorder

By: AAST Editor
April 18th, 2019

Sleepwalking, yelling in your sleep, violently thrashing in bed and hurting those you love. No, it’s not a demonic possession; it is REM sleep behavior disorder, or RBD. RBD is a sleep disorder that common presents itself in older men and causes people who suffer from it to physically act out their dreams. Its cause is unknown, but its effects can be terrifying.

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Do Sleep Trackers Work? An Expert’s Opinion

By: AAST Editor
April 11th, 2019

It’s not uncommon these days to see people walking down the street with a FitBit or an Apple Watch. These wearables can track a slew of things: your steps, calories burned, your heart rate. They also can track your sleep. But what does that mean? And is the data it collects valuable in any sort of way?

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: April 9, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
April 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. NOTE: "While You Were Sleeping" will be on a break next Tuesday, April 16 and will return on Tuesday, April 23.   

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Using CBTI Techniques to Ease Insomnia During Sleep Testing

By: Brandon R. Peters, MD
April 4th, 2019

There are few things as frustrating in the sleep lab as a patient who can’t — or won’t — sleep. Barring the use of a sleeping pill, how can this situation be avoided? Consider the role of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) techniques and how these may ease insomnia during an overnight sleep study.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: April 2, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
April 2nd, 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 Wearables and Athletes: Legal Questions in the Digital Age

By: Suzanne Byrne, JD
March 28th, 2019

Wearables have become ubiquitous in our modern society, especially with both weekend and professional athletes. In particular, there has been a rapid implementation of wearables that monitor sleep into professional sports teams since 2008. However, this has created some unique legal challenges that need to be considered. The potential problems with these devices are the accuracy and legitimacy of the data from the wearable, the privacy of the data collected and the ownership of the data.

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Sleep Disorders | night shift work

Workplace Fatigue Meeting Confirms It: We’re Tired at Work, and It’s Costing Us Everything

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
March 27th, 2019

This article originally appeared in SleepyHeadCENTRAL.com on March 9, 2019. Reprinted by permission of the author. On Feb. 20 and 21, the National Safety Council (NSC) presented its first annual Workplace Fatigue Conference. It convened a diverse cross-section of leaders in the field of workplace fatigue management.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: March 26, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
March 26th, 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 | strange sleep

Ondine’s Curse: A Mythical Tale and a Deadly Sleep Disorder

By: AAST Editor
March 21st, 2019

What does a German fairytale and a severe sleep disorder have in common? A lot, apparently.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: March 19, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
March 19th, 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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