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

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Recent Pediatric Sleep News, January 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
January 10th, 2020

Pediatric Sleep Wire is an occasional supplemental news report  capturing pediatric sleep 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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Sleep Spindles

How Technology is Impacting Sleep

By: AAST Associate Editor
January 9th, 2020

In today’s world, there are so many sleep devices at our fingertips. From wearables that measure our sleep patterns to apps that track them, it seems as though there are many sleep-related products to choose from. But are these products reliable? In this edition of our video series Sleep Spindles, AAST board members Brendan Duffy and Bretton Hevener discuss these new types of products, as well as how they see technology affecting the field in the future.  

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AAST CCSH Workshop

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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Sleep Technologist Advice

This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 7, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
January 7th, 2020

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

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Sleep Spindles

Monthly Musings

By: AAST Associate Editor
December 23rd, 2019

Each month, AAST reaches out on our social media pages to ask our fans their opinions on a variety of topics. In this edition of Sleep Spindles, A2Zzz Magazine Associate Editor Kate Jacobson asks AAST board members Bretton Hevener and Michael Eden to answer some of our most popular questions.

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Recent Sleep Apnea News December 2019

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
December 20th, 2019

Sleep Apnea Wire is an occasional supplemental news report capturing sleep breathing disorder 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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seasonal affective disorder | SAD | winter blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Causes and Treatment Options

By: IAIN BOYLE, RPSGT
December 19th, 2019

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) was first noted before 1845, but was not officially named until the early 1980’s. As sunlight has affected the seasonal activities of animals (i.e., reproductive cycles and hibernation), SAD may occur in humans due to this seasonal light   variation. As seasons change there is a shift in our circadian rhythm. This is due partly to the changes in sunlight frequency and duration. The result is having our biological clocks fall out of “step” with our daily schedules. As the days get shorter the problem may worsen.

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holidays | sleep

Holidays and Sleep

By: AAST Associate Editor
December 18th, 2019

The holiday season is in full swing and that means endless cheer and celebration. The holidays may seem merry and bright, but this time of year can greatly impact how you and your family sleep. How do the holidays impact sleep? While you may enjoy the fa-la-la of the season, know that the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can cause increased anxiety and depression, insomnia and changes in your sleep cycle. View the below studies and articles to learn more about how to healthily sleep during the holidays and avoid turning into Mr. Grinch. 

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 17, 2019

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
December 17th, 2019

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week   🌟 Note: While You Were Sleeping will take a brief holiday hiatus, returning on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Have a wonderful holiday season! 🌟 Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.

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December 2019 Insomnia News

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
December 13th, 2019

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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diabetes | restless legs syndrome

RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME AND DIABETES

By: Regina Patrick, RPSGT, RST
December 12th, 2019

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) affects an estimated 7–10 percent of the general population. The prevalence of RLS is greater in patients with diabetes than in people without diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy (i.e., pathological changes in the peripheral nerves) has been implicated as a risk factor for RLS in diabetic patients. To what extent and how diabetic neuropathy contributes to RLS is unclear. Recent investigations into the relationship between RLS and diabetes have revealed some interesting findings.

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