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.
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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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:
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.
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.