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Sleep Technology Trends | Sleep technology | history of sleep technology

The Changing Face of Sleep Technology: Part 1

By: Kent Caylor, RPSGT
February 19th, 2020

A Brief History of Polysomnography The earliest recorded theory of sleep is from c450 BC. At that time, a Greek physician by the name of Almaeon described sleep as a loss of consciousness as blood recedes from the surface of the body¹. A few other theories came out regarding sleep. However, all theories encompassed a similar theme: Sleep was seen as a passive state in which the brain was simply “turned off.”

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 18, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
February 18th, 2020

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.

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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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Athletes and Sleep

Old School Naps Getting Revamped for Athletes

By: Brendan Duffy
February 17th, 2020

Long before the Cleveland Indians took up the nickname “Indians” and introduced their controversial mascot Chief Wahoo, they were named the Cleveland Naps!  But, unlike the naps that help recharge Cleveland Cavalier basketball star LeBron James, the Cleveland Naps of the early 1900’s were not named after a favorite activity of MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL athletes, but rather after the player/manager Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie.

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Recent Insomnia News, Winter 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
February 17th, 2020

Insomnia Wire is an occasional supplemental news report  capturing insomnia news of relevant interest to sleep technologists and sleep health educators not featured in our regular news series, This Week in Sleep Medicine.

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MLB and Sleep | Sleep and Athletics | Athletes and Sleep

Chasing the Dream: Getting to the Next Level (of Sleep) in the Minor Leagues

By: Brendan Duffy
February 14th, 2020

They call it “the grind.” Long bus rides, late night fast food, hotels of bad and mediocre quality, roommates that snore louder than any home run hometown crowd noise, and living conditions that can be anything from air mattresses, to stolen motel pillows or even dog beds on a bus floor.

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In the Moonlight: Laree Fordyce, BTech, CCRP, RPSGT, RST, CCSH

By: Laree Fordyce, BTech, CCRP, RPSGT, RST, CCSH
February 13th, 2020

Laree Fordyce, BTech, CCRP, RPSGT, RST, CCSH, is the director of clinical sleep services at Maple Respiratory Group, the president and technical director of Sound Sleep Solutions, and a member of the AAST Board of Directors.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 11, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
February 11th, 2020

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.

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The Role of the CCSH in Improving Sleep in Patients With Insomnia

By: Kathryn Hansen, BS, CPC, CPMA, REEGT
February 7th, 2020

It is very common to have patients with occasional to frequent restless nights followed by increased sleepiness during the day, and subsequent performance issues. In addition to the immediate impact of excessive daytime sleepiness and dysfunction, there is potential to develop chronic insomnia. There is also considerable data that links chronic insomnia to increased risk for diabetes, obesity, hypertension, plus an impact on the personal safety of an individual with chronic insomnia.

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Sleep Technology Trends | Trends | sleep navigator

Today’s Trends in Sleep Technology: From Broad Strokes to Finer Points of the Sleep Navigator Role

By: Matthew Anastasi, BS, RPSGT, RST
February 6th, 2020

Welcome to the third Trends article. In the previous edition, we explored a perspective on how our field has evolved from a trade to a profession to meet the needs of the complex patient and numerous other demands in our modern sleep disorders settings. In this issue, we’ll take a comprehensive look at the role of the sleep navigator from both a bird’s-eye view and from a worm’s-eye view and share recommendations on how you as a sleep professional can fit into this role.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 4, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
February 4th, 2020

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.

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