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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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Parasomnias | sleepwalking | somnambulism

Sleepwalking (Somnambulism): Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
January 8th, 2021

In an informal conversation, you might bring the term "sleepwalking" up as a casual way of talking about a lack of focus or energy. But, for numerous adults and children, sleepwalking is a real problem with significant consequences. As a sleep professional, it is crucial you educate patients with parasomnias, like sleepwalking, as these sleep disorders can have physically destructive and lasting effects. What Is Sleep Walking (Somnambulism)? Sleepwalking (somnambulism), is a type of behavior disorder originating while you're in a deep sleep. It falls in the class of parasomnias. It leads to walking around or performing other behaviors while you're still mostly sleeping. It's more common in kids than it is in adults. There are more chances of it occurring in people:

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (Cabin Fever): Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
December 8th, 2020

Many people experience short time periods where they're feeling not quite like themselves or maybe a little sad. In some cases, these changes in mood start and end with the change of the seasons. They might begin feeling "down" as the days become shorter in autumn and winter, but start feeling better again come springtime when the daylight hours are longer. Sometimes, these changes in mood are more serious and have an impact on how they think, feel, and handle day-to-day activities. 

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What is AVAPS Mode? (Settings and Indications)

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
August 10th, 2020

As a sleep physician, sleep technologist, or respiratory therapist, it's important you have comprehensive knowledge of the AVAPS non-invasive ventilation mode so you can hone your skills in using advanced PAP titration technology.

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Sleep Medicine | Sleep Technologist Advice

What is ASV? Treating Complex and Central Sleep Apnea

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
July 27th, 2020

Adaptive Servo Ventilation (ASV) is a non-invasive ventilatory treatment option created specifically for the treatment of adults who have obstructive sleep apnea and central and/or complex sleep apnea. It's one of the newer positive airway pressure (PAP) units on the market that continuously monitors and adjust to correct the patient's breathing problem.

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Obstructive Lung Disease vs Restrictive Lung Disease: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options

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

As sleep centers receive increasingly sick patients that have much more than Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), it becomes even more essential for sleep technologists to gain improved knowledge of their patients and their illnesses. This includes distinguishing between various lung conditions, such as obstructive lung disease and restrictive lung disease.

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COVID-19 | reopening sleep centers/clinics

Reopening of Sleep Centers/Clinics: Sleep Technologist Considerations

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
July 16th, 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 utilize 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. The AAST has conveniently gathered a great deal of important COVID-19 information for sleep technologists that can be found on the AAST resource page.

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arterial blood gas | ABG

Arterial Blood Gases (ABGs) in the Sleep Center

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
July 9th, 2020

Interpreting an arterial blood gas (ABG) is a critical ability for respiratory therapists, doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel —  including sleep technologists. It is particularly essential to monitor ABGs in patients who are critically ill. ABGs are a valuable tool for evaluating our patients in the sleep center presenting with complex health conditions like COPD, obesity hypoventilation, and neuromuscular conditions.

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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 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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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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