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

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: October 27, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
October 27th, 2020

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week HAPPY HALL🎃WEEN! 🕑 DON'T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK BY ONE HOUR AT 2AM ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1! Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.

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Recent Sleep Apnea News, October 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
October 23rd, 2020

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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Narcolepsy-Cataplexy and Precocious Puberty May Be Linked

By: Regina Patrick, RPSGT, RST
October 22nd, 2020

Scientists have noted that children with narcolepsy-cataplexy have an increased prevalence of overweight/obesity.1-3 More recent studies have linked narcolepsy-cataplexy with precocious puberty, and have indicated that the earlier the onset of narcolepsy-cataplexy in a child, the greater the risk of precocious puberty.3 Weight loss can occur after treating narcolepsy-cataplexy in children, but the extent that treating narcolepsy-cataplexy can reverse precocious puberty has not been examined in depth.4 Exactly how narcolepsy and precocious puberty are related is unclear but research studies have produced some interesting findings.

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Sleep Technologist Advice

This Week in Sleep Medicine: October 20, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
October 20th, 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 Insomnia News, Autumn 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
October 16th, 2020

Insomnia Wire is an occasional supplemental news report  capturing insomnia 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 Technologist Advice

This Week in Sleep Medicine: October 13, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
October 13th, 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 Circadian Rhythm News, October 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
October 9th, 2020

Circadian Wire is an occasional supplemental news report  capturing circadian rhythm 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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This Week in Sleep Medicine: October 6, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
October 6th, 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 Sleep Disorder News, Fall 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
September 25th, 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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Problems Using Actigraphy in People with Parkinson’s Disease

By: Regina Patrick, RPSGT, RST
September 23rd, 2020

The advent of actigraphy in the 1990s made it possible to indirectly record a person’s sleep-wake cycles based on the person’s activity level, with increased activity indicating wakefulness and decreased activity indicating sleep.1,2 In actigraphy, a device — an actigraph — which is typically worn on the wrist, continually records movement data over a prolonged time — one week or more.3

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