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

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Sleep Disorders | COVID-19 | Long COVID

Coronasomnia: The COVID-19 Side Effect You’ve Been Sleeping On

By: The AAST Associate Editor
September 22nd, 2022

The coronavirus pandemic has affected every facet of our lives, from how we work to where we spend our free time. Less often discussed is how COVID-19 has affected how we sleep, and the underlying phenomenon of “coronasomnia.”

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AAST education | Education | EKG

The Fundamentals of EKG

By: Lisa M. Endee, MPH, RT, RRT-SDS, RPSGT
September 8th, 2022

A vital component of a full night polysomnogram is the monitoring of a patient’s heart rate and rhythm via the electrocardiogram (EKG) channel, as it gives a graphical illustration of the electrical activity of the heart and provides an important tool for maintaining patient safety. Understanding the components of the EKG is central to identifying heart rate and rhythm disturbances and assessing a patient’s cardiovascular status.

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Education | Sleep Coach

The Importance of Remote Patient Monitoring and Coaching

By: Laura Linley, CRT, RPSGT, FAAST
August 26th, 2022

The new Virtual Patient Monitoring module series from AAST is a timely education series which supports the change in practices we are seeing in managing our sleep disordered patients and sleep wellness. I am pleased to be able to share a brief overview of the importance of a remote patient monitoring and coaching program, the topic of the first module in the series.

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For the Newbie | Education

For the Newbie: Education

By: Geoff Eade, RPSGT, CCSH
July 25th, 2022

This is part four in the “For the Newbie” series. Click to view part one, part two and part three.

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CCSH | CCSH Workshop

AAST June CCSH Workshop Preview

By: AAST Associate Editor
June 23rd, 2022

AAST’s Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) Designated Education Program is designed for health professionals who work directly with sleep medicine patients, families and other health care practitioners to coordinate and manage patient care and improve outcomes. As part of the program, AAST will be hosting a CCSH workshop June 25-26 in which attendees will experience an individualized, instructor-led learning experience with robust discussions.

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A2Zzz | sports-related concussions | concussions and sleep

Go to Bed, Sleepy Head: The Relationship Between Head Injuries and Sleep Problems

By: Shane Creado, MD, BPT
June 2nd, 2022

“It's raining, it's pouring,

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Athletes and Sleep | A2Zzz | Sleep Coach

Strategies to Help Athletes Jump-Start the Optimization of Their ZZZs

By: Amy Bender, PhD
May 26th, 2022

Sleep is a powerful performance-enhancing tool. When the difference between being on the podium or not can be such a slim margin, athletes are looking for anything they can do to gain that edge. Teams and athletes are starting to take notice and are looking for sleep coaches to help navigate the elusive sleep that is hard to come by. That’s where you can come to the rescue!

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athletics and sleep | A2Zzz | Northern-based Athletes

Three Sleep and Performance Challenges for Northern-Based Athletes and Coaches to Manage

By: Brendan Duffy, RPSGT, RST, CCSH, FAAST
May 19th, 2022

Recently, I had the opportunity to explain on the Fox Weather streaming service why we sometimes feel sleepier in the winter than we do in other seasons. The interview got me thinking about how these same challenges may be faced by college and professional winter sports athletes.

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Sleep and Athletics | Wearables | A2Zzz

Poor Sleep Is Not a Disease

By: Pat Byrne
May 12th, 2022

In the United States, there are thousands of professional athletes, hundreds of thousands of college athletes and tens of millions of high school, club and individual athletes that participate in every sport imaginable. However, being active and in good physical shape does not make one immune from the same frailties seen across the nation’s entire population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 32% of 18- to 24-year-olds and about 38% of those ages 25-34 sleep less than seven hours a night.

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It’s Mean to Just Look at the Average: Athletic Sleep Research and Data

By: Ian Dunican, PhD, MBA, MMineENg, GCASSc, BA
May 5th, 2022

The purpose of today's training is to defeat yesterday's understanding. —MIYAMOTO MUSASHI

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