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

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Leveraging Social Media to Fill Beds at Your Center – A Social Media Primer

By: Gerald George Mannikarote, MBBS, MBA, RPSGT
January 17th, 2019

I’m sure you read the title and wondered “What does Snapchat have to do with filling beds in a sleep center?” Bunny ears and limb leads? Location filters and 10-20 paste? I hope this article will help connect the two.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 15, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
January 15th, 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 technologist | Sleep Apnea Screening | Sleep Disorders | Sleep Medicine

The Role of the CCSH to Improve Sleep in Patients With Insomnia

By: Kathryn Hansen, BS, CPC, CPMA, REEGT
January 10th, 2019

It is very common to have patients with occasional to frequent restless nights followed by increased sleepiness during the day, and subsequent performance issues. In addition to the immediate impact of excessive daytime sleepiness and dysfunction, there is potential to develop chronic insomnia. There is also considerable data that links chronic insomnia to increased risk for diabetes, obesity, hypertension, plus an impact on the personal safety of an individual with chronic insomnia.

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Research | sleep technologist | Sleep Technology Trends

The Changing Face of Sleep Technology, Part IV

By: Kent Caylor, RPSGT
January 3rd, 2019

This is the fourth article in a series on the changing face of sleep technology. The past three articles focused on technology and the economy. This article focuses on how all these changes could directly impact the future sleep technologist.

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sleep apnea | athletics and sleep | Sleep Disorders

Chasing the Dream: Getting to the Next Level (of Sleep) in the Minor Leagues

By: Brendan Duffy, CCSH, RPSGT
December 20th, 2018

They call it “the grind.” Long bus rides, late night fast food, hotels of bad and mediocre quality, roommates who snore louder than any hometown homerun crowd noise, and living conditions that can be anything from air mattresses, to stolen motel pillows or even dog beds on a bus floor. Much has been made of the need for proper and clean sleep in order to perform at the major league level, yet little is being done for those players in the minor leagues who are hoping to make it to “the show.”

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 18, 2018

By: Tamara Sellman
December 18th, 2018

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. The curator is taking a holiday break from WYWS and will return on Tuesday, January 15.  Happy New Year and best wishes for a prosperous 2019!  

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The Best of the Best: AAST’s Top 5 Articles from 2018

By: AAST Editor
December 13th, 2018

It was an exciting year for AAST. This year on our blog, we covered a diverse number of topics: from how sleep affects elite athletes to managing relationships with companies that make durable medical equipment (DMEs). Let’s take a look back at the most-read articles from 2018.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 11, 2018

By: Tamara Sellman
December 11th, 2018

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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An Interview with Kaitlin McClurg – AAST’s 2018 New Technologist Award Winner

By: AAST Editor
December 6th, 2018

Kaitlin McClurg graduated from the Polysomnography Program in 2015 from Alvin Community College in Texas where she became credentialed as an RPSGT before graduation. She continued on and graduated from the Neurodiagnostic Program in 2016 to make herself more marketable. She also received her license as an R.EEGT shortly after graduation. She was able to receive all of her training from the Houston Medical Center throughout both programs. She was presented with the opportunity to tutor the 2016 Polysomnography Program students to prepare them for the boards while she was still continuing my EEG education. The skills and knowledge she gained from her experience in Houston prepared me for situations she would encounter as a travel tech in 2017. She took a full time job in the sleep lab in her home state of Montana, where she is able to pursue both career paths.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 4, 2018

By: Tamara Sellman
December 4th, 2018

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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