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The latest on all issues affecting sleep technologists, including trends, insights, tips and more.

Brendan Duffy

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school start times

Don't Delay...Delay School Start Times Now!

By: Brendan Duffy
April 26th, 2017

This past week a very important position paper was released by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).  It recommends that school start times should begin no earlier than 8:30 AM for middle school and high school students.  The paper was published in the April 15th issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

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CPAP

Keeping up with the Joneses: Jones Tube and Problems with CPAP

By: Brendan Duffy
January 19th, 2017

Ah… Sleep Medicine Is this a great field or what? Caution-this particular blog will provide more questions than answers... I am counting on you to fill in some of the blanks.

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Sleep Technology Trends

The Importance of Sleep in Athletics: Training, Performance and Injury

By: Brendan Duffy
December 13th, 2016

Hey Coach - it’s 10 PM… or 8 AM… Do you know where your players are?   It is surprising that with all of the research that is available these days, some coaches and trainers are still not aware of the importance of sleep in athletics with regard to training, performance and injury prevention.

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Sleep Medicine

Why Sleep Training Should Be Part of Sports Teams’ Winning Traditions

By: Brendan Duffy
July 14th, 2016

Brendan Duffy discusses 5 things every sports coach and athletic trainer needs to know about sleep This article was originally published in Sleep Review Magazine.  After more than 5 decades of being shut out of championships, the city of Cleveland finally got a chance this June to celebrate a winner. Basketball star LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 3-to-1-game deficit against the Golden State Warriors. In the grueling seven-game series, James and his teammates beat a solid opponent in the Warriors, as well as beat another ever-present opponent in sports: fatigue.

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Sleep Disorders

Getting the Athlete Back in the Game Safely: Concussions and Sleep

By: Brendan Duffy
July 4th, 2016

What's with concussions and sleep?  Lately much attention has been paid on professional, college, and all other levels in sports with regard to how to prevent concussions and how to treat athletes that may be concussed.  This is very important as concussions can have long lasting detrimental effects. Recovery from a concussion can take longer for young children and teens.  And if they have had a concussion, they are at increased risk for having another one and it may take even longer for recovery after several concussions. 

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Sleep Medicine

Sleep and Golf: How Sleeping Well Improves Your Performance to a Tee

By: Brendan Duffy
May 23rd, 2016

Sleep and Golf: Secrets to golfing better So do you want to improve your golf game?   Of course you do. Well maybe you need to review what you are doing away from the golf course that may have a great impact on how you play your game. If a golfer does not get sufficient sleep, or if they do not get restorative sleep due to a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, it is almost certainly going to have a negative impact on their game.

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Events | Sleep Technologist Advice

3 Tips on How to Nap: Location, Time and Reasons

By: Brendan Duffy
April 19th, 2016

  Want to learn some tips on how to nap? While we usually speak to our patients about the benefits of a good night’s sleep, there are also some patients that need information about how to make a daytime nap beneficial. There are several elements that go into making a naptime successful.  These include:

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Sleep Disorders

Floppy Eyelid Syndrome (FES): Why Optometrists See Sleep as an Issue

By: Brendan Duffy
April 11th, 2016

Brendan Duffy shares how optometrists are increasingly aware of the partnership between sleep and eye health  I have been working in the sleep medicine field for almost 20 years, but it wasn’t until the last few months that I saw a patient referred to our sleep center from an Optometrist! He has referred a few patients in the past year and that piqued my interest as to what the eye doctor “saw”. Those referrals started my quest to learn about his symptom listing of FES - Floppy Eyelid Syndrome!

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Sleep Technologist Advice

6 Things Sleep Centers Should Discuss with Patients Prior to A Sleep Study

By: Brendan Duffy
April 6th, 2016

There are many things a patient is told prior to their overnight sleep study, but there are a few additional items that you may wish to review  Giving your patients as much information as you can puts their mind at ease and helps you get better test results as the patient is well informed and can relax.  After all, they are there for testing-not surprises!  And when it comes to their health, they certainly want as much information as we can provide.

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Sleep Medicine | Sleep Technologist Advice

Re-inventing the alarm: What is keeping me awake?

By: Brendan Duffy
March 29th, 2016

What is keeping me awake? We are doing this backwards folks.  We stay up watching TV, cruising through social media sites, playing all kinds of games on all kinds of devices.  We have smart phones, smart watches, smart tablets…. But maybe we are not so smart.

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