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

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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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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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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 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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AAST Member Q&A: Kristina Davis, RPSGT, RST

By: AAST Associate Editor
December 5th, 2019

Kristina Davis, RPSGT, RST, is a polysomnography technology program director at Coahoma Community College and currently serves on AAST’s CEC Accreditation Committee. We recently spoke with Davis about her love for AAST and how being a member has been a valuable part of her life.

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AAST Member Q&A: Brendan Duffy, RPSGT, RST, CCSH

By: AAST Associate Editor
November 21st, 2019

Brendan Duffy, RPSGT, RST, CCSH, is a certified sleep educator at the St. Charles Hospital Sleep Disorders Center. He currently serves on multiple AAST committees including the Strategic Content Council and Membership Advisory Council.  AAST recently spoke with Duffy about the value of being a member and how being involved with AAST has impacted his career.

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AAST Member Q&A: Byron Jamerson, RPSGT, RST, CCSH

By: AAST Associate Editor
November 14th, 2019

Byron Jamerson, RPSGT, RST, CCSH, is a sleep educator at Nox Medical and has over 30 years of experience in the field. He is passionate about education and currently on the AAST CEC Accreditation Committee. AAST recently spoke with Jamerson to discuss his involvement with AAST and how being a member has been a valuable part of his life.

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