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American Association of Sleep Technologists Blog

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

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What Is A Home Sleep Test?

By: Kevin Asp
November 16th, 2017

At least 25 million American adults struggle with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to the National Sleep Awareness Project. Sleep technologists, like you, use sleep studies to help diagnose sleep apnea, primarily OSA. Some patients, in conjuction with their physician, may now choose a home sleep apnea test (HSAT) instead of an in-lab sleep study.

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What Is Narcolepsy?

By: Kevin Asp
November 9th, 2017

About one in 2,000 people in the U.S. have narcolepsy. Narcolepsy can impact almost every aspect of your patient's life. It's a lifelong sleep disorder causing your patient to feel overwhelmingly tired. It's also dangerous since your patient can have a sleep attack or excessive sleepiness any time of the day and during any activity such as walking, eating, or driving.

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Manual Titration of Positive Airway Pressure in Patients with OSA and Related Respiratory Disturbances

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A Sleep Tech’s Guide to Sleep Apnea

By: Kevin Asp
October 6th, 2017

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects nearly 18 million Americans. Left untreated, the condition can lead to a wide range of health problems, including: heart failure, stroke, diabetes, weight gain, impotence, headaches, depression, memory problems, and hypertension. Of course, this is in addition to the constant sleepiness patients often experience due to continuously interrupted sleep.

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Pros and Cons of Dental Sleep Apnea Treatment Devices

By: Kevin Asp
October 4th, 2017

Whatever the reason, some patients have given up on continuing PAP treatment altogether. But just because they put away their PAP mask, doesn't mean that their apnea is gone as well. As an alternative to PAP treatment, you can recommend a dental device as a possible option that can help treat sleep apnea in some patients.

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Pros and Cons of Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV) for Sleep Apnea

By: Kevin Asp
October 3rd, 2017

Sleep apnea is a condition affecting millions of Americans. In fact, the American Sleep Apnea Association reports that sleep apnea is as common, among Americans, as Type 2 Diabetes, affecting some 18 million people.

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A Complete Overview of Central Sleep Apnea

By: Kevin Asp
September 21st, 2017

As a sleep technologist, your ability to identify sleep disorders such as central sleep apnea is essential in order to enable the physician to determine a correct diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate therapy.

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Obstructive vs. Central Sleep Apnea: Key Differences and Treatment Options

By: Kevin Asp
September 18th, 2017

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects thousands of individuals. With this condition, you have an interruption in your breathing while sleeping that occurs through repetitive pauses, referred to as apneic events. There are several types of sleep apnea, but two prominent types include obstructive sleep apnea (most common) and central sleep apnea. As a sleep technologist, it’s important for you to know the key differences between central and obstructive apnea so you know how to best treat your patients who may have one or the other disorder.

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What is PAP Therapy?

By: Kevin Asp
September 14th, 2017

PAP therapy, or positive airway pressure therapy, is a general term that health professionals apply to all sleep apnea treatments that provide patients with a stream of compressed air while they sleep to support their airway. Your patient wears a mask while sleeping with PAP therapy. The device then blows pressurized air from the room into the patient's upper airway through the mask with a connected tube.

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Traveling With a CPAP Machine? Here's What You Should Know

By: Kevin Asp
September 11th, 2017

Traveling is a hassle in itself, and those with sleep apnea often struggle to handle traveling with their CPAP machine.  Sleep technologists working with CPAP patients should know the necessary steps to take when traveling  so they can be prepared to answer any questions they may have. Knowing these tips will help ease their anxiety about their CPAP machine, and help increase their adherence with the therapy.

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Personal Sleep Devices - Advice from a Registered Sleep Technologist

By: Kevin Asp
August 31st, 2017

Have your patients been having difficulties sleeping recently? If so, a personal sleep device could work for them. Because we lead consistently stressful modern lives nowadays, our minds and bodies are rarely at rest. We live in a world of work, dramas, deadlines, family and personal commitments. Add this to the fact that we are contactable 24/7 via SMS and email, and it’s no wonder people have trouble with their sleeping patterns and sleep quality.

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