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This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 19, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
February 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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Book Review: ‘The Mystery of Sleep’

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
February 14th, 2019

I was one of the lucky “birthday” winners to receive a free copy of Meir Kryger’s latest book, “The Mystery of Sleep,” at the AAST meeting in Indianapolis last fall. TMoS is touted as “an authoritative and accessible guide to what happens when we shut our eyes at night.” Indeed, I found the format, tone and relevance of Kryger’s book to live up to the hype.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 12, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
February 12th, 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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In the Moonlight: Q&A With Michael G. Eden, RPSGT, RST

By: AAST Editor
February 7th, 2019

Michael G. Eden, RPSGT, RST, has been working in sleep medicine for 23 years and became an RPSGT in 1998. Eden has worked for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario as a task force member, creating legislation for all sleep clinics in Ontario. He has been on the executive board of the Canadian Sleep Society and chairs the Education Committee. Eden has been on the Scientific and Technologist Planning Committee for both the Canadian Sleep Society and the World Sleep Society, planning international meetings. He has been on the CEC Committee for AAST for the past two years. Recently, he was elected to the AAST Board of Directors. It is his pleasure to serve the sleep community in any capacity, but education and patient advocacy are key elements to his work.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 5, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
February 5th, 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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AAST Monthly Musings – The Rise of Home Sleep Tests

By: AAST Editor
January 31st, 2019

As technology improves, so does a sleep technicians’ ability to help their patients. As sleep tests are getting more mobile, sleep professionals are seeing a shift in in clinic versus home sleep testing (HST). We posed a question to the AAST membership: What percentage of your sleep tests are occurring at home, and is this an increasing trend among your patients?

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Do It! Do It!

By: Richard Rosenberg, PhD
January 30th, 2019

On a snowy day in 1975, Allan Rechtschaffen came into the conference room at the University of Chicago Sleep Research Laboratory and told me I should join a group called the Association for the Psychophysiological Study of Sleep. He said there was an annual meeting and some other stuff that would make it worth my while. The other graduate students started to chant, “Do it! Do it!” and so, succumbing to peer pressure, I joined my first professional society. (Author’s note: I’m not sure it really happened that way. It was a long time ago. My memory for what I just had for breakfast is hazy, so you can imagine what is left of my 1975 memories. But something like that did happen. I think.) I’ve been a member ever since.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 29, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
January 29th, 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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ASV for CSB in CHF: Where Are We Now?

By: Richard Rosenberg, PhD
January 24th, 2019

I worked in neurology departments during my sleep center days. We were a friendly group and usually all had lunch together. I remember one day our chair, Nicholas A. Vick, came into the room and told us that he had just finished giving the annual neurology lecture to the newly installed emergency medicine residents. He said that he had started off with his usual question: “When is an MRI appropriate in the emergency room?” The reply from the residents: “When the patient has a head.” Hilarity ensued. Of course, some thought needed to go into the ordering of a $2,000 test. Not everyone with a head needed an imaging study. But at the same time, it reminded me of our PAP therapy mantra, which I attribute to Phil Westbrook: “When in doubt, pressurize the snout.” We had the feeling that PAP therapy, whenever used, would first do no harm. Well, partner, that ended in 2015.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 22, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
January 22nd, 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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