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

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Sleep Monitoring | Sleep Headbands

Sleep Headbands: The New Wave of Sleep Monitoring?

By: AAST Associate Editor
May 20th, 2020

As wearables have become more common, it’s no surprise companies are expanding their wearable offerings. The latest trend? Smart headbands — wearable devices that reportedly help monitor and inform sleep patterns.

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Sleep technology | Smart Beds

Being Smart With Smart Beds

By: AAST Associate Editor
May 6th, 2020

If you’re keeping up with sleep technology trends, you’ve probably heard of smart beds. From temperature controlled mattresses to adjustable firmness, it seems the traditional box spring mattress has been replaced with a technological equivalent.

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AAST CCSH Workshop

Save the Date: AAST 2020 CCSH Workshop

Designed for health professionals who work directly with sleep medicine patients, families and other healthcare practitioners to coordinate and manage patient care and improve outcomes

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Wearables | Sleep Monitoring

An Update on Wearables With Sleep Monitoring

By: AAST Associate Editor
April 29th, 2020

Whether worn for function or fashion, wearables aren’t going away anytime soon. If anything, companies are investing in the long-term use of wearable technology and enhancing the user experience.

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CPAP | CPAP Adherance | Group Education

CPAP Group Education: A Promising Method for Improved CPAP Adherence

By: AAST Associate Editor
March 12th, 2020

As sleep professionals, we know the importance of using a CPAP device to keep our patients’ breathing consistent while they sleep. For patients with compliance difficulties, CPAP group education might be a viable option. Evidence shows improving CPAP adherence with education in a peer-to-peer environment is an effective way to engage patients. These CPAP support groups and CPAP group discussions can be extremely beneficial for both the patient and the sleep technologist.

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sleep needs | women

Unique Sleep Needs of Women

By: AAST Associate Editor
January 16th, 2020

At the AAST 2019 Annual Meeting, Sept. 6-8 in St. Louis, Andrea Ramberg, RPSGT, CCSH, and Alex Perkins presented on a panel focused on women and sleep. What follows is an interview with Ramberg and Perkins on some of the topics of their panel. AAST members can download their session slides on the AAST website.

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Sleep Spindles

How Technology is Impacting Sleep

By: AAST Associate Editor
January 9th, 2020

In today’s world, there are so many sleep devices at our fingertips. From wearables that measure our sleep patterns to apps that track them, it seems as though there are many sleep-related products to choose from. But are these products reliable? In this edition of our video series Sleep Spindles, AAST board members Brendan Duffy and Bretton Hevener discuss these new types of products, as well as how they see technology affecting the field in the future.  

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Sleep Spindles

Monthly Musings

By: AAST Associate Editor
December 23rd, 2019

Each month, AAST reaches out on our social media pages to ask our fans their opinions on a variety of topics. In this edition of Sleep Spindles, A2Zzz Magazine Associate Editor Kate Jacobson asks AAST board members Bretton Hevener and Michael Eden to answer some of our most popular questions.

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holidays | sleep

Holidays and Sleep

By: AAST Associate Editor
December 18th, 2019

The holiday season is in full swing and that means endless cheer and celebration. The holidays may seem merry and bright, but this time of year can greatly impact how you and your family sleep. How do the holidays impact sleep? While you may enjoy the fa-la-la of the season, know that the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can cause increased anxiety and depression, insomnia and changes in your sleep cycle. View the below studies and articles to learn more about how to healthily sleep during the holidays and avoid turning into Mr. Grinch. 

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aast | Membership | Renew Membership

AAST Member Q&A: Dr. Gerald “Jerry” George Mannikarote, MBBS, MBA, RPSGT

By: AAST Associate Editor
December 11th, 2019

Dr. Gerald “Jerry” George Mannikarote, MBBS, MBA, RPSGT, is a healthcare sales and marketing professional with previous experience working in the clinical aspect of the sleep field. Currently, he serves on AAST’s CEC Accreditation Committee. AAST recently caught up with Mannikarote to discuss his love for AAST and how being a member has benefited his life both personally and professionally.

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Sleep Spindles

How Technology Impacts Care

By: AAST Associate Editor
December 6th, 2019

As medicine advances, the type of care offered to patients changes too. In the sleep lab, technology has improved the way we interact with our patients—allowing us to reach patients from afar—and impacted how we analyze test results. In this edition of Sleep Spindles, AAST board members Laree Fordyce and Michael Eden discuss how patient care is changing for the better and what we can expect on the horizon.

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