No one can be certain about what the future holds, but that didn’t stop Rich Rosenberg, Ph.D., AAST’s Education Consultant, from asking 16 sleep experts to consider what’s ahead for the sleep technology profession. While they don’t have psychic powers, the collection of perspectives found in AAST’s e-book “Predictions for the Sleep Technology Profession in 2018” are certainly the next best thing to clairvoyance.
Debbie Akers is a registered sleep technologist who has been working in sleep since 1984. She has served as a board director for the AAST, along with being on various committees.
Symptoms of childhood narcolepsy and the impact of the disease on a child’s quality of life (QOL) are often not recognized by healthcare professionals. As a result, many children with narcolepsy will not be diagnosed correctly until adulthood.
I was fortunate enough to attend The World Sleep Congress, which took place October 7-11 in Prague, Czech Republic. As a joint Congress of the World Association of Sleep Medicine and World Sleep Federation, this conference delivered hundreds of lectures and poster abstracts that are important to the future of sleep technology and attracted thousands of clinicians.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is clinically defined as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology caused by an external force. TBI may result from motor vehicle accidents, falling objects, assault, bomb blasts, etc. TBI is a leading cause of death and can cause lifelong disabilities in survivors. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1.6 to 3.2 million TBI’s are reported in the United States. Following the initial injury, patients may complain of headaches, nausea or vomiting, memory loss, mood changes, and difficulty with attention or concentration.
Can the emergence of a brand-new sleep disorder be a beautiful thing? In many ways, it can be inspiring, labor intensive, full of future possibilities … and usually quite messy!
Fall Course Speaker Preview: Dr. Earl O Bergersen
As a sleep technologist, you invariably have the topic of CPAP on your mind. And it can grow increasingly difficult to separate the facts from fiction, as new developments take place.
There once was a time a sleep study could be scheduled without consideration of the insurance carrier. Patients could be scheduled that night or the next day. Times have really changed as we have moved into an age of pre-authorizations and longer wait times for patients to have an overnight sleep study.