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The latest on all issues affecting sleep technologists, including trends, insights, tips and more.

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Experts Weigh in on the Future of Sleep Technology

By: AAST Editor
December 18th, 2017

No one can be certain about what the future holds, but that didn’t stop Rich Rosenberg, Ph.D., AAST’s Education Consultant, from asking 16 sleep experts to consider what’s ahead for the sleep technology profession. While they don’t have psychic powers, the collection of perspectives found in AAST’s e-book “Predictions for the Sleep Technology Profession in 2018” are certainly the next best thing to clairvoyance.

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Sleep Technologist Advice

This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 12, 2017

By: Tamara Sellman
December 12th, 2017

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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Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with a Cannabimimetic – Dude, Seriously?

By: Richard Rosenberg, PhD
December 11th, 2017

Don’t let the fancy name of the medication fool you. The cannabimimetic is dronabinol, a synthetic non-selective CB1 and CB2 receptor agonist. But really, it’s marijuana. As medical and recreational use of marijuana becomes legal state by state, research that has been impossible has now become available. And the therapeutic effects of marijuana are extending beyond the well-known positive effects for chemotherapy patients. High on that list of benefits is, believe it or not, obstructive sleep apnea.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 5, 2017

By: Tamara Sellman
December 5th, 2017

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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Sleep Medicine in Jerusalem—A Lifetime Experience

By: Marietta B. Bibbs, BA, RPSGT, CCSH
December 4th, 2017

Pontifical Notre Dame Center of Jerusalem On October 26-27, 2017, four members of the American Association of Sleep Technologists™ (AAST) participated in the International Palestinian Congress in Sleep Medicine. The congress, entitled “Temporomandibular Disorders and Sleep Apnea”, was held at the Pontifical Notre Dame Center of Jerusalem. This is a beautiful facility that includes a hotel, chapel and educational center, gift shop, restaurants and an auditorium. Workshops were held in the educational center, and the main congress was held at John Paul II Auditorium. The group’s participation was both eventful and memorable. John Paul II Auditorium at Notre Dame Center

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The Value of Membership: A Sleep Professional’s Perspective

By: AAST Editor
December 1st, 2017

Debbie Akers is a registered sleep technologist who has been working in sleep since 1984. She has served as a board director for the AAST, along with being on various committees.

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Sleep Disorders

What Is Sleep Apnea?

By: Rita Brooks
November 30th, 2017

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.

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Sleep Technologist Advice

This Week in Sleep Medicine: November 28, 2017

By: Tamara Sellman
November 28th, 2017

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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Diagnosing Sleep Apnea from Your Wrist?

By: Richard Rosenberg, PhD
November 22nd, 2017

So, after much deliberation, I ordered an Apple Watch. I ordered it because I can never hear the phone ring when it is in my pocket. The advertisements tell me that the watch will blink and vibrate and yell at me when the phone rings, and hopefully that will be enough to get my attention.

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Sleep Medicine

5 Types of Sleep Tests and When to Use Them

By: Rita Brooks
November 22nd, 2017

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.

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