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A2Zzz President’s Message: Start Looking Toward the Future

By: Melinda Trimble, LRCP, RPSGT, RST, FAAST, AAST President
December 17th, 2020

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 15, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
December 15th, 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 Pediatric Sleep News, Early Winter 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
December 11th, 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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Sports and Sleep: A Q&A with Authors Pat Byrne and Suzanne Byrne

By: Brendan Duffy, RPSGT, RST, CCSH, and Monica Roselli, assistant editor of A2Zzz
December 10th, 2020

In August, authors Pat Byrne and Suzanne Byrne published their new book, “Inconvenient Sleep: Why Teams Win and Lose,” in which the father-daughter duo discuss the latest research and findings related to sleep and fatigue solutions for athletes, teams, sports leagues and officials. While their book provides insight for athletes and teams, the knowledge and new ideas discussed are applicable to anyone that sleeps. Brendan Duffy, RPSGT, RST, CCSH, and Monica Roselli, assistant editor of A2Zzz, recently spoke with Pat and Suzanne about their book, the current state of sleep and sports, and what they hope people take away from reading their recent findings.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (Cabin Fever): Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
December 8th, 2020

Many people experience short time periods where they're feeling not quite like themselves or maybe a little sad. In some cases, these changes in mood start and end with the change of the seasons. They might begin feeling "down" as the days become shorter in autumn and winter, but start feeling better again come springtime when the daylight hours are longer. Sometimes, these changes in mood are more serious and have an impact on how they think, feel, and handle day-to-day activities. 

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 8, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
December 8th, 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 Sleep Apnea News, December 2020

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

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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OSA | facial scanning | 3D

Three-Dimensional Facial Scanning: A Screening Tool for Sleep Apnea

By: Regina Patrick, RPSGT
December 3rd, 2020

Scientists have long noted that a large neck circumference and retrognathia (i.e., receding chin) are risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The former can be determined with a simple tape measure. The latter can be measured on x-ray images (i.e., radiographs). Scientists have recently demonstrated that three-dimensional (3D) facial scanning may detect more subtle features of the head such as width and length of the lower jaw, width of the face, and distance between the eyes that could be used to identify people who may be at risk of sleep apnea. This technology could potentially be used to more accurately detect people who may be at risk of having OSA.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 1, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
December 1st, 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 Insomnia News, November 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
November 27th, 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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