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Exploding Head Syndrome Won’t Make Your Head Detonate—But It Might Horrify You

By: AAST Editor
May 9th, 2019

Picture it: Just as you’re laying your head down to sleep, you hear a sudden loud noise. It’s frightening and powerful — and it’s all in your head.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 7, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
May 7th, 2019

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week Sleeping sows: cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Stephen Craven - geograph.org.uk/p/2727956 Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.  

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Cybersecurity and Sleep Data: How Safe Are You?

By: AAST Editor
May 2nd, 2019

Technology has made our lives a lot easier in many ways, but it has complicated it in others, too. Especially when it comes to your security. As humans increasingly rely on apps and devices, more and more of our data is being stored on various platforms. That includes the devices we use to track our sleep. Any data we hand over to a device is typically stored on a server in the cloud. And sometimes that data can be compromised. But should we be concerned about our privacy when it comes to sleep data? D. Reed Freeman Jr., a leading authority on privacy and cybersecurity, says the answer isn’t so black and white.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: April 30, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
April 30th, 2019

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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Maintaining Your Credentials According to Best Industry Practices

By: Jessica Schmidt, MA, FACHE, RPSGT, CCSH, BRPT President, and Rita Brooks, MEd, RPSGT, REEG/EPT, FAAST, AAST President
April 29th, 2019

Authors: BRPT President Jessica Schmidt, MA, FACHE, RPSGT, CCSH, and AAST President Rita Brooks, MEd, RPSGT, REEG/EPT, FAAST Editor’s Note: An article entitled "How to Survive a BRPT Audit" ran in the Quarter One 2019/Volume 28/Number 01 edition of A2Zzz magazine. The intent of the article was to remind sleep technologists that they are responsible for assuring they have the appropriate continuing education credits to maintain their credentials and to explain the audit process.  Unfortunately, the article unintentionally contained misleading and, in a number of cases, incorrect information, which was confirmed by reviewing message history, document uploads and login records that are tracked and time-stamped in BRPT’s certification database.  That article was retracted, has been edited, and will be re-published in the Quarter Two 2019 edition of A2Zzz, conveying the important message that the AAST and BRPT continue to work together to assure that correct information is consistently provided for our members and credential holders. The revised article and the information that follows below provide an accurate description of recertification responsibilities and the recertification audit as well as tips for facilitating a smooth and efficient audit process.

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Monthly Musing: Should Patients Drink Alcohol Before a Sleep Study?

By: AAST Editor
April 25th, 2019

Patients drinking alcohol is not something that would normally happen before a medical visit. But in sleep medicine, sometimes it might be the key to getting the best snapshot of a patient’s sleep ailments.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: April 23, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
April 23rd, 2019

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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RBD: The Kicking and Screaming Sleep Disorder

By: AAST Editor
April 18th, 2019

Sleepwalking, yelling in your sleep, violently thrashing in bed and hurting those you love. No, it’s not a demonic possession; it is REM sleep behavior disorder, or RBD. RBD is a sleep disorder that common presents itself in older men and causes people who suffer from it to physically act out their dreams. Its cause is unknown, but its effects can be terrifying.

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Sleep Technology Trends | technology of sleep

Do Sleep Trackers Work? An Expert’s Opinion

By: AAST Editor
April 11th, 2019

It’s not uncommon these days to see people walking down the street with a FitBit or an Apple Watch. These wearables can track a slew of things: your steps, calories burned, your heart rate. They also can track your sleep. But what does that mean? And is the data it collects valuable in any sort of way?

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: April 9, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman
April 9th, 2019

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. NOTE: "While You Were Sleeping" will be on a break next Tuesday, April 16 and will return on Tuesday, April 23.   

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