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By: Kent Caylor, RPSGT on July 26th, 2018

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The Changing Face of Sleep Technology, Part II

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This is the second in a series of articles dealing with the changing landscape of sleep technology. In this article, we’ll take a brief look at our present understanding of sleep as well as review some of the technology we use in our sleep centers.

What once was seen as a state of quiescence, similar to that of being in a coma, is now known to be a very active and essential state. As we look more closely at sleep, we see just how intertwined it is with our health and well being.

Here are a few critical things we know about sleep so far:

(From “Fundamentals of Sleep Technology,” 2nd edition, Chapter 2, pg. 8)

  • Sleep is necessary for normal mental and emotional health.
  • Sleep disturbances in early childhood make it more likely that person will have trouble with emotional stability, as well as attention and concentration as an adult.
  • Sleep is essential for healing.

And while sleep medicine has come a long way in the last 20 years, much work is yet to be done. For example, the average medical student spends just under two hours learning about sleep. And most medical students that were surveyed said they had a rather poor understanding of sleep. In fact, some medical schools don’t have any formal training in sleep medicine.

In order to more fully appreciate what we know about sleep disorders, it’s imperative that we have a basic understanding of how the brain functions.

In the rest of this article from the Q2 2018 issue of A2Zzz, Kent Caylor, RPSGT, reviews basic brain function, discusses evolving sleep lab equipment, sleep center treatments and more. 

A2Zzz_Spring2018_CoverThis article  is one of four designated CEC articles in this issue of A2Zzz. AAST members who read A2Zzz and claim their credits online by the deadline can earn 2.00 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs) per issue – for up to 8.00 AAST CECs per year. AAST CECs are accepted by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM).

To earn AAST CECs, carefully read the four designated CEC articles and claim your credits online. You must go online to claim your credits by the deadline of Sept. 1, 2018.

After the successful completion of this educational activity, your certificates will be available in the My CEC Portal acknowledging the credits earned.

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