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Children’s Sleep Schedules Matter – In and Outside of the Lab

By: AAST Editor
August 8th, 2019

For a child, a sleep schedule is everything.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: Aug 6, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
August 6th, 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 | narcolepsy | insomnia

Support Groups in Sleep Disorders Medicine

By: Kimberly Trotter, MA, RPSGT
August 1st, 2019

Starting a support group for your patients can be very rewarding. They can be beneficial for the community and for the sleep center as a way to market the program. There are many different types of support groups — OSA, RLS, insomnia and narcolepsy being a few.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 30, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
July 30th, 2019

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week   "Young cormorant sleeping on a fence," ©2015, Graham Robson, (CC BY-SA 2.0)   Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.  

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The Start School Later Movement: Putting Sleep Health on the National Radar

By: Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D.
July 25th, 2019

Anyone raising children expects challenges along the way, from those sleepless first nights and toddler tantrums to the trauma of teaching teenagers to drive. But few are prepared for the recurring nightmare of waking a teenager for school at the crack of dawn.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 23, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
July 23rd, 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 | insomnia

Sleep Disturbances Associated With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By: Shana Hansen, Lt. Col., USAF, MC, and Shannon N. Foster, Major, USA, MC
July 18th, 2019

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a trauma and stress-related disorder characterized by re-experiencing, avoidance, hyperarousal and negative alterations in cognition or mood. Events that involve threat to integrity of self or others such as rape, physical assault, natural disasters and combat exposure are commonly associated with the development of PTSD.1 The lifetime prevalence of PTSD among adults in the United States ranges from 6-10%, with women being more than twice as likely to have PTSD at some point. Significantly higher estimates have been reported in combat veterans (15-30%). Rates of PTSD in veterans are higher if they were stationed in combat zones, had tours of longer than one year, experienced combat or were injured. Specifically, among veterans with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, 31-86% report multiple traumatic combat exposures and 11-20% endorse significant PTSD symptoms.

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Book Review: The Science of Sleep

By: Tamara Sellman
July 11th, 2019

I first learned about this author through a really helpful episode of Sleep Talk, a podcast produced and aired last February by Drs. Moira Junge and David Cunningham. The focus of that episode was sleeping pills, and author Dr. Wallace Mendelson gave a fascinating historical play-by-play of the rise of hypnotics, sedatives and other sleep-inducing agents. It’s worth listening to if you’re still intimidated by this wide category of pharmaceutical sleep aids.

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Changing the Way We Think About Insomnia – One YouTube Video at a Time

By: AAST Editor
July 10th, 2019

Daniel Erichsen, MD, saw it time and time again. Patients would come into his sleep clinic in Oregon complaining of insomnia, and he would tell them the same thing: If you don’t try to sleep, eventually you will. But they weren’t always listening. “I got frustrated with just saying the same thing over and over,” Erichsen says. “I thought, ‘There’s got to be a better way I can communicate with a lot of people at once.’”

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 9, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
July 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.  

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