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Sleep Technology Trends | technology of sleep

Cybersecurity and Sleep Data: How Safe Are You?

By: AAST Editor
May 2nd, 2019

Technology has made our lives a lot easier in many ways, but it has complicated it in others, too. Especially when it comes to your security. As humans increasingly rely on apps and devices, more and more of our data is being stored on various platforms. That includes the devices we use to track our sleep. Any data we hand over to a device is typically stored on a server in the cloud. And sometimes that data can be compromised. But should we be concerned about our privacy when it comes to sleep data? D. Reed Freeman Jr., a leading authority on privacy and cybersecurity, says the answer isn’t so black and white.

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sleep technologist | monthly musings

Monthly Musing: Should Patients Drink Alcohol Before a Sleep Study?

By: AAST Editor
April 25th, 2019

Patients drinking alcohol is not something that would normally happen before a medical visit. But in sleep medicine, sometimes it might be the key to getting the best snapshot of a patient’s sleep ailments.

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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 Disorders | strange sleep

RBD: The Kicking and Screaming Sleep Disorder

By: AAST Editor
April 18th, 2019

Sleepwalking, yelling in your sleep, violently thrashing in bed and hurting those you love. No, it’s not a demonic possession; it is REM sleep behavior disorder, or RBD. RBD is a sleep disorder that common presents itself in older men and causes people who suffer from it to physically act out their dreams. Its cause is unknown, but its effects can be terrifying.

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Sleep Technology Trends | technology of sleep

Do Sleep Trackers Work? An Expert’s Opinion

By: AAST Editor
April 11th, 2019

It’s not uncommon these days to see people walking down the street with a FitBit or an Apple Watch. These wearables can track a slew of things: your steps, calories burned, your heart rate. They also can track your sleep. But what does that mean? And is the data it collects valuable in any sort of way?

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Sleep Disorders | strange sleep

Ondine’s Curse: A Mythical Tale and a Deadly Sleep Disorder

By: AAST Editor
March 21st, 2019

What does a German fairytale and a severe sleep disorder have in common? A lot, apparently.

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Sleep Technology Trends | technology of sleep

Is AI the Future for Sleep Testing?

By: AAST Editor
March 14th, 2019

It seems like every industry is being changed by artificial intelligence, or AI.

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Does Daylight Savings Time Hurt Your Heart?

By: AAST Editor
March 7th, 2019

Spring forward, lose your life?

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In the Moonlight: Q&A With Michael G. Eden, RPSGT, RST

By: AAST Editor
February 7th, 2019

Michael G. Eden, RPSGT, RST, has been working in sleep medicine for 23 years and became an RPSGT in 1998. Eden has worked for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario as a task force member, creating legislation for all sleep clinics in Ontario. He has been on the executive board of the Canadian Sleep Society and chairs the Education Committee. Eden has been on the Scientific and Technologist Planning Committee for both the Canadian Sleep Society and the World Sleep Society, planning international meetings. He has been on the CEC Committee for AAST for the past two years. Recently, he was elected to the AAST Board of Directors. It is his pleasure to serve the sleep community in any capacity, but education and patient advocacy are key elements to his work.

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AAST Monthly Musings – The Rise of Home Sleep Tests

By: AAST Editor
January 31st, 2019

As technology improves, so does a sleep technicians’ ability to help their patients. As sleep tests are getting more mobile, sleep professionals are seeing a shift in in clinic versus home sleep testing (HST). We posed a question to the AAST membership: What percentage of your sleep tests are occurring at home, and is this an increasing trend among your patients?

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The Best of the Best: AAST’s Top 5 Articles from 2018

By: AAST Editor
December 13th, 2018

It was an exciting year for AAST. This year on our blog, we covered a diverse number of topics: from how sleep affects elite athletes to managing relationships with companies that make durable medical equipment (DMEs). Let’s take a look back at the most-read articles from 2018.

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