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Treating Sleep Disorders with Service Dogs

By: Brendan Duffy
October 22nd, 2015

[Image Credit: Pawsitivity | http://www.pawsitivityservicedogs.com/]  Service dogs can help treat sleep disorders No, I don’t mean that the valid insurance authorizations are becoming a nightmare to secure-or the fact that running Home Sleep Apnea Tests is becoming more of our daily norm.

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Athlete Performance and Sleep: Tips From a Sleep Specialist

By: Brendan Duffy
October 14th, 2015

Did you know that the best athletes are coached to adopt optimal sleep habits? Learn about the relationship between athlete performance and sleep. Usually the JET fans chant “J-E-T-S” JETS JETS JETS! This past week as they watched their team compete at a high level of energy, they may have changed that chant to R-E-S-T- REST REST REST! In appreciation for the work of their sleep specialist coach! That’s right-a Sleep Specialist was brought in to help them prepare for the game. The NY Jets football team travelled overseas to London this past week for a game against the Miami Dolphins. Part of their preparation for this time zone change included a visit from a sleep specialist.

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4 Interesting and Different Products for CPAP Users

By: Brendan Duffy
September 24th, 2015

Didn't know that CPAP supplies had breadth and variety? Well, now you do!

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10 Tips to Get Your Child Rested, Alert, and Ready For School Season

By: Brendan Duffy
August 18th, 2015

Here's how to get an A+ on back to school preparedness for your child For some children, the school year has already begun. For others, it is right around the corner. As sleep technologists we may need to assist parents as they try to reinstate the school year schedule. (If you're wondering how to do this with teens, read our previous blog post on helping your teens sleep better.)

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Technologist Blues: 8 Steps to Managing Burnout On The Night Shift

By: Brendan Duffy
July 27th, 2015

What do you do when burnout strikes you on your night shift? Jane is working her third 12 hour shift in a row and she is definitely feeling less than energetic. She has a hectic schedule after she gets off work.  She needs to drop off the kids at school and then get the car over to the mechanic. Then she can get some sleep…

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Winners and Losers: Food for Thought, Sleep and Athletic Success!

By: Brendan Duffy
July 9th, 2015

How do athletes keep themselves at peak performance? When it comes to athletes, the need for both sleep, and proper nutrition to promote good sleep, are very important for their success on the field or court. Too much sugar, alcohol, or nicotine can hinder the hard work and training that the athlete takes part in during their training day.

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4 Things Sleep Technologists Shouldn't Say to CPAP Patients

By: Brendan Duffy
April 27th, 2015

There are certain words, phrases, and abbreviations that we sleep technologists try and avoid using as they can confuse a patient, or cause "mental discomfort." The more comfortable, relaxed, and confident that we can make our patients feel, the better the CPAP results will be.

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Sleep and Athletic Performance: Winning the Game With Quality Sleep

By: Brendan Duffy
April 21st, 2015

  When we think of sleep issues and sleep disorders, we rarely focus our attention on local high school, college, or professional athletes. But there is a vast amount of work and information that needs to be considered when it comes to this unique segment of our community. While schoolwork and practices actually cause many team players to skimp on sleep, they are in need of even more sleep than the average person their age as their workouts require a downtime to repair and rebuild their bodies after each intense practice session.

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