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Sleep Technology

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

Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT

Because of the implementation of his best practices of Implementing Inbound Marketing in its Medical Practice, he turned the once stagnant online presence of Alaska Sleep Clinic to that of "The Most Trafficked Sleep Center Website in the World" in just 18 months time. He is the President and CEO of inboundMed and enjoys helping sleep centers across the globe grow their business through his unique vision and experience of over 27 years in sleep medicine.

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COVID-19 | reopening sleep centers/clinics

Reopening of Sleep Centers/Clinics: Sleep Technologist Considerations

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
June 5th, 2020

As public health professionals make the determination it's safe to see patients and there are more relaxed stay-at-home restrictions, sleep technologist practices should strategically plan on how and when it's best to reopen. They should take recommended guidance from relevant prominent authorities, such as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the American Medical Association (AMA), on how to safely reopen their facilities. 

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depression and sleep

Depression and Its Impact on Sleep Architecture: NREM, REM, and Insomnia

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
April 22nd, 2020

If you have depression, you may notice you're having difficulties with getting to and staying asleep. This is because there is a link between depression and sleep. Below are some ways depression can impact sleep architecture.

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AAST CCSH Workshop

Save the Date: AAST 2020 CCSH Workshop

Designed for health professionals who work directly with sleep medicine patients, families and other healthcare practitioners to coordinate and manage patient care and improve outcomes

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COVID-19

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Sleep Centers: Risks, Precautions, and Recommendations

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
March 25th, 2020

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is affecting individuals in the U.S. and across the globe. Anxiety and fear surrounding it can cause strong emotions and can be overwhelming. Because they're at the forefront where they can be exposed to the virus, healthcare workers, including sleep clinicians, are among those who are experiencing stress and uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

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obstructive sleep apnea | Overlap Syndrome | COPD

OSA and COPD Overlap Syndrome: Signs, Symptoms, and Mortality

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
March 5th, 2020

Two common sleep/pulmonary diseases are obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These two conditions can occur simultaneously creating a condition known as Overlap Syndrome, which creates two fold the uncomfortable disordered breathing conditions, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. It results in long-term chronic health issues that go beyond your lungs, like heart disease and diabetes, and their linked myriad complications. 

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quality sleep | quantity of sleep | quantity vs quality sleep

Quantity of Sleep Vs Quality of Sleep: Why this is Important?

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
January 22nd, 2020

When you've had a good night's sleep, you can definitely tell. You wake up feeling full of energy, refreshed, and you're ready to begin your day. Sleep is important for both mental and physical well-being.

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sleep needs

How Much Sleep Do I Need? (Infants, Pediatrics, Teens, and Adults)

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
January 15th, 2020

As a sleep technologist, you should know (and be telling your patients) that obtaining enough sleep is important to help to maintain optimal well-being and health. When it comes to health, sleep is just as important as eating a balanced diet and regular exercise.

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Sleep Technologist Advice

What Is A Home Sleep Test?

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
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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Sleep Disorders

What Is Narcolepsy?

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
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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Sleep Disorders | Sleep Technologist Advice

A Sleep Tech’s Guide to Sleep Apnea

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
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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Sleep Disorders

Pros and Cons of Dental Sleep Apnea Treatment Devices

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
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 obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in some patients.

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