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Sleep Technology

American Association of Sleep Technologists Blog

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

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What Is A Home Sleep Test?

By: Kevin Asp
November 16th, 2017

At least 25 million American adults struggle with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to the National Sleep Awareness Project. Sleep technologists, like you, use sleep studies to help diagnose sleep apnea, primarily OSA. Some patients, in conjuction with their physician, may now choose a home sleep apnea test (HSAT) instead of an in-lab sleep study.

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Sleep Apnea Hurts Your Heart

By: Kristina Weaver
November 15th, 2017

Unlike what many people think, sleep apnea is not just a sleep problem.  Sleep apnea is failure to breathe properly during sleep. This means vital organs don’t get the oxygen they need.  It is a serious problem, especially for the heart. During sleep, the body should be resting.  With sleep apnea, the body struggles due to low oxygen levels causing increased stress on the heart.

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

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: November 15, 2017

By: Tamara Sellman
November 15th, 2017

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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Measuring Quality of Life in Children with Narcolepsy

By: AAST Editor
November 10th, 2017

Symptoms of childhood narcolepsy and the impact of the disease on a child’s quality of life (QOL) are often not recognized by healthcare professionals. As a result, many children with narcolepsy will not be diagnosed correctly until adulthood.

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What Is Narcolepsy?

By: Kevin Asp
November 9th, 2017

About one in 2,000 people in the U.S. have narcolepsy. Narcolepsy can impact almost every aspect of your patient's life. It's a lifelong sleep disorder causing your patient to feel overwhelmingly tired. It's also dangerous since your patient can have a sleep attack or excessive sleepiness any time of the day and during any activity such as walking, eating, or driving.

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The Value of AAST Membership: A Historical Perspective

By: Kimberly Trotter, MA, RPSGT
November 8th, 2017

When I started in this field over 30 years ago, I was very young, and knew that I wanted to make sleep technology my career. I was getting my degree in Psychology at Sacramento State, and decided to take a tour of the Stanford Sleep Lab. I figured, if you are going to get information and network, why not start from the top, so I met with Sharon Keenan, who was the current President of APT (Association of Polysomnographic Technologists, now known as AAST). She was so kind and open to me asking all kinds of career questions! She recommended I go to a sleep lab in Sacramento, and take a tour, which I did, and that was my first job as a sleep technologist.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: November 7, 2017

By: Tamara Sellman
November 7th, 2017

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

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

By: Rita Brooks
November 2nd, 2017

Does your patient complain of waking up with a headache in the morning or tell you they're just as tired the next morning as they were before they went to sleep the night before? Does their spouse sleep in a separate room because your patient’s snoring, choking, or gasping exhaust them each night?

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: October 31, 2017

By: Tamara Sellman
October 31st, 2017

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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Pediatric Sleep Studies: A Sleep Tech’s Guide

By: Rita Brooks
October 26th, 2017

When conducting pediatric sleep studies in your sleep lab, remember that you will not treat children the same way you would adults. Children have distinct needs based on their stage of development and age, spanning from when they're newborns to their adolescence.

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