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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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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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Put me in Coach –I’m ready (and rested) to play!

By: Brendan Duffy
March 23rd, 2016

Brendan Duffy discusses the importance of optimal rest for your peak performance You can feel it in the air.  Winter is finally almost done!  The ice is disappearing and the flowers are starting to appear after a long winter.

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Events | Sleep Technologist Advice

3 Common Artifacts That a Sleep Technologist Must Manage

By: Brendan Duffy
March 3rd, 2016

The typical artifacts that a sleep technologist can expect to encounter What needs to be understood in order to assure collection of superior sleep studies?  Let's review some of these artifacts for those who may have missed this informative offering!

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Sleep Medicine | Sleep Technologist Advice

Addressing Sleep Needs Among Athletes

By: Brendan Duffy
February 18th, 2016

Is sleep finally getting the attention it deserves among athletes? Recently at the NCAA annual meeting, Dr Brian Hainline, the medical chief for the NCAA addressed mental health as a top concern for the many NCAA athletes across the country that compete in many sports, at many levels.  One of the many areas being targeted is attention to the sleep needs and challenges that athletes encounter as they work through practices, workouts, games, classes, and homework assignments.  Sleep has a big impact on how one’s mental health is maintained.

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Sleep in The Hospital: Educating Our Healthcare Partners

By: Brendan Duffy
February 2nd, 2016

What is our role when it comes to educating our healthcare partners? “It’s only sleep.”

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Becoming an AAST Member is Easy

By: Brendan Duffy
November 30th, 2015

“What’s in it for me?” This is a popular refrain when it comes to becoming a member of any organization. It also is a totally understandable consideration when it involves your time and hard earned cash. As a new sleep technician, I wanted to be the best professional technician, and ultimately technologist I could be and sought out the official national organization for sleep technicians and technologists –The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST).

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Why You Should be Voting In AAST Elections

By: Brendan Duffy
November 12th, 2015

Don’t Sleep on Your Right to Vote! Here is why every sleep technologist should be voting in AAST elections  Do you have a moment? We need to talk. It won’t take long and it could be a life changer for your career. You see, I am wondering how our fine organization of over 4,500 members has such a low number of folks that take the time to vote. Less than 400 or so votes were tabulated in the last election. 

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