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

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 14, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
July 14th, 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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Recent Circadian Rhythm News, Summer 2020

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

Circadian Wire is an occasional supplemental news report  capturing circadian rhythm 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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Arterial Blood Gases (ABGs) in the Sleep Center

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
July 9th, 2020

Interpreting an arterial blood gas (ABG) is a critical ability for respiratory therapists, doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel —  including sleep technologists. It is particularly essential to monitor ABGs in patients who are critically ill. ABGs are a valuable tool for evaluating our patients in the sleep center presenting with complex health conditions like COPD, obesity hypoventilation, and neuromuscular conditions.

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Sleep Technologist Advice

This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 7, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
July 7th, 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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PTSD and Sleep | Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Sleep

Sleep Disturbances Associated With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By: Shana Hansen, Lt. Col., USAF, MC, and Shannon N. Foster, Major, USA, MC
July 6th, 2020

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a trauma and stress-related disorder characterized by re-experiencing, avoidance, hyperarousal and negative alterations in cognition or mood.1 Events that involve threat to integrity of self or others such as rape, physical assault, natural disasters and combat exposure are commonly associated with the development of PTSD.1 The lifetime prevalence of PTSD among adults in the United States ranges from 6-10%,2,3 with women being more than twice as likely to have PTSD at some point.

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Recent Sleep Disorder News, June 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
July 3rd, 2020

Sleep Disorder Wire is an occasional supplemental news report capturing sleep disorder news* of relevant interest to sleep technologists and sleep health educators not featured in our regular news series, This Week in Sleep Medicine. *beyond insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, and sleep breathing disorders, which appear as separate curations in the Sleep Wire series

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Support Groups in Sleep Disorders Medicine

By: Kimberly Trotter, MA, RPSGT, FAAST
July 2nd, 2020

Starting a support group for your patients can be very rewarding. They can be beneficial for the community and for the sleep center as a way to market the program. There are many different types of support groups — OSA, RLS, insomnia and narcolepsy being a few.

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Message from the President – June 2020

By: Melinda Trimble, LRCP, RPSGT, RST, FAAST, AAST President
July 1st, 2020

It’s our members who make the difference!

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Sleep Technologist Advice

This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 30, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
June 30th, 2020

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week Happy Independence Day to AAST's US members! Stay safe this holiday weekend! Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.

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Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders: An Overview

By: Peter Mansbach, Ph.D.
June 29th, 2020

I have delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD). That means I am unable to fall asleep until very late at night and normally sleep very late in the morning. My sleep doctor sent me to a sleep lab to get a polysomnogram. The lab techs insisted I try to sleep at midnight, and they woke me at 5 a.m. The sleep doctor then informed me that my problem was I wasn’t getting any deep sleep. No, not between midnight and 5 a.m.—I could have told her that.

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