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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Credentials are a great tool to set yourself apart—especially when it comes to the sleep field. The CCSH is one that many find helpful in their career because of its focus on patients. AAST board members Laree Fordyce and Brendan Duffy discuss why this credential is so important, and what someone who is looking to get it can expect.
This year’s Sleep Technologist Appreciation Week (STAW) will take place October 27 – November 2. Whether you’re looking to thank your favorite sleep technologist or want to appreciate your team members all week long at your sleep center, here are a few ways you can join AAST in celebrating STAW and show your sleep technologists that you care.