Sleep medicine is an advancing field and continues to grow rapidly. Because there's a greater awareness of sleep disorders these days, there are more job openings, including as a sleep technologist, for sleep medicine professionals. There are also ongoing advancements in medicine and innovative sleep technologies appearing.
Polysomnography is a test conducted to study sleep and to diagnose a variety of sleep disorders. Some people refer to polysomnography (PSG) as a sleep study. Sleep technologists perform the tests which are typically conducted in hospitals, free-standing facilities, or dedicated sleep clinics. For patients concerned about pain or discomfort, it is important to reassure them that the procedure is non-invasive, and complications from the PSG itself are rare.
CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is the most common obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) therapy. As you know, with this sleep apnea therapy, your patients wear a nasal or facial mask while they sleep. Their mask connects to a CPAP machine that delivers positive air flow to maintain an open airway during sleep.
Sleep disorders have been a huge health problem in the U.S., including sleep apnea. In fact, around 22 million Americans are currently suffering from sleep apnea and 80 percent of these sleep apnea cases are moderate to severe undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
If your patient comes to you reporting poor quality of sleep, there's a good chance they may be suffering from sleep apnea. A few sleep study tests can usually help provide a diagnosis.
Many people aren't getting the adequate amount of sleep required for their bodies to function properly. While some individuals just need more sleep because of family, social, or work obligations impacting their shut-eye, others may have an untreated sleep disorder that keeps them from getting good quality sleep each night.
Does your patient complain of waking up with a headache in the morning or tell you they're just as tired the next morning as they were before they went to sleep the night before? Does their spouse sleep in a separate room because your patient’s snoring, choking, or gasping exhaust them each night?
When conducting pediatric sleep studies in your sleep lab, remember that you will not treat children the same way you would adults. Children have distinct needs based on their stage of development and age, spanning from when they're newborns to their adolescence.
As a sleep technologist, you already know the importance of a good night’s sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in well-being and health. It’s crucial to sleep well to protect both mental and physical functioning. When a patient doesn’t sleep well, it can be harmful over time. Lack of sleep can cause chronic health problems like stroke, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and high blood pressure. It can also increase the risk of obesity. According to the American Psychological Association, as many as 40 million Americans suffer from more than 70 different types of sleep disorders. In patients with sleep apnea, multiple health problems can occur if they can’t get quality sleep at night. Below we look at the pros and cons of APAP therapy so that you’ll be able to speak to your patients in a knowledgeable and beneficial way about their sleep apnea treatment.
As a sleep technologist, you treat patients with sleep apnea on a regular basis. Continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP is an effective and widely used treatment for the condition. Patients use the non-surgical treatment when sleeping to open the airways.