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AAST Participates in the AWAKE Sleep Apnea Initiative

By: AAST Editor
May 24th, 2018

On June 8, patient voices in the discussion on sleep apnea will be heard, as the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) hosts the AWAKE Sleep Apnea initiative in Hyattsville, Maryland. This important meeting is focused on the full range of treatment approaches used by people with sleep apnea. The goal is to bring patient voices to the FDA to inform research and the development of more treatment options for sleep apnea.

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A Spotlight on the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project

By: AAST Editor
May 10th, 2018

In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine came together to establish the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. The project is a subgroup of Healthy People 2020, a federal interagency project wherein that, every 10 years identifies health priorities and creates work groups to address those priorities. For the past five years, the CDC, AASM and the Sleep Research Society have been working on this project to increase public knowledge about sleep, the treatment of sleep disorders, and how sleep can improve health, productivity, wellness, quality of life and safety.

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Sports & Sleep: An Interview with Pat Byrne

By: AAST Editor
March 20th, 2018

Professional athletes put their bodies through a lot. High-intensity competition, grueling travel schedules, late games — all of this makes good sleep hygiene crucial. A well-rested and recovered athlete plays better than a sleep-deprived one, and professional teams are starting to understand how the sleep health of their athletes impacts wins and losses. In the third installment of our Sports & Sleep series, we spoke with sleep and fatigue expert Pat Byrne about his work with the Vancouver Canucks and his company, Fatigue Science.

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Sports & Sleep: An Interview with Dr. Christopher Winter

By: AAST Editor
March 6th, 2018

Professional athletes put their bodies through a lot. High-intensity competition, grueling travel schedules, late games — all of this makes good sleep hygiene crucial. A well-rested and recovered athlete plays better than a sleep-deprived one, and professional teams are starting to understand how the sleep health of their athletes impacts wins and losses. In the second installment of our Sports & Sleep series, we spoke with Dr. Christopher Winter, owner of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic and CNSM Consulting.

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Sports & Sleep: An Interview with Amy M. Bender, MS, PhD

By: AAST Editor
March 1st, 2018

Professional athletes put their bodies through a lot. High-intensity competition, grueling travel schedules, late games — all of this makes good sleep hygiene crucial. A well-rested and recovered athlete plays better than a sleep-deprived one, and professional teams are starting to understand how the sleep health of their athletes impacts wins and losses. In the first installment of our Sports & Sleep series, we spoke with Amy Bender, MS, PhD., the clinical program director of athlete services at the Centre for Sleep & Human Performance.

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Exciting Things in Store for Sleep Technology

By: AAST Editor
January 24th, 2018

As we are now into 2018, there are exciting things in store for members of AAST across the board! From programs to education to events, there will be many tools and resources at the disposal of sleep professionals going forward. We caught up with the six chairs of the various AAST committees and asked them to describe what members should be most looking forward to in the year ahead with regards to their respective committees. Here is what they told us:

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A Blood Test for Sleep Apnea?

By: AAST Editor
January 22nd, 2018

Screening for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be problematic. For example, polysomnographic data may be insufficient for determining whether a person has OSA if a sensor is dislodged for a substantial amount of time during a home sleep apnea study or if a patient has difficulty sleeping in a strange bed in a sleep laboratory.

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Experts Weigh in on the Future of Sleep Technology

By: AAST Editor
December 18th, 2017

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.

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The Value of Membership: A Sleep Professional’s Perspective

By: AAST Editor
December 1st, 2017

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.

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Measuring Quality of Life in Children with Narcolepsy

By: AAST Editor
November 10th, 2017

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.

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