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

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OSA | OSA and sense of smell

Possible Link Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Sense of Smell

By: Regina Patrick, RPSGT, RST
August 7th, 2020

An overlooked symptom in people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is olfactory dysfunction (i.e., impairment in the sense of smell) such as an inability to detect or distinguish between odors. A finding that the sense of smell improves soon after a person with OSA begins continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment corroborates a possible link between olfactory dysfunction and OSA.1,2

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Text Comprehension | Electrooculography

Peeking into the Mind’s Eye: Electrooculography in Text Comprehension Research

By: Reg Hackshaw, EdD
August 6th, 2020

A Century of Research

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: August 4, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
August 4th, 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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COVID-19 | redeployment | frontlines

Redeployment from the Frontline: One Sleep Technologist’s Experience During COVID-19

By: Kate Jacobson
July 30th, 2020

Sleep technologists from across the world have been redeployed in the face of COVID-19. They’ve been called on to help COVID-19 patients, to test those coming in and out of the hospital and to help disperse personal protective equipment (PPE) to other departments. For Eduardo Hernandez, BSRC, RPSGT, CCSH who works at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, the experience really opened his eyes to how valuable sleep technologists are during a crisis such as this.

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Sleep Medicine | Sleep Technologist Advice

What is ASV? Treating Complex and Central Sleep Apnea

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
July 27th, 2020

Adaptive Servo Ventilation (ASV) is a non-invasive ventilatory treatment option created specifically for the treatment of adults who have obstructive sleep apnea and central and/or complex sleep apnea. It's one of the newer positive airway pressure (PAP) units on the market that continuously monitors and adjust to correct the patient's breathing problem.

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Recent Sleep Apnea News, July 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
July 24th, 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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Obstructive Lung Disease vs Restrictive Lung Disease: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
July 22nd, 2020

As sleep centers receive increasingly sick patients that have much more than Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), it becomes even more essential for sleep technologists to gain improved knowledge of their patients and their illnesses. This includes distinguishing between various lung conditions, such as obstructive lung disease and restrictive lung disease.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 21, 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
July 21st, 2020

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week   "Sleeping Hummingbird 'Snores' in Peru" [T.R. Forrester, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj5huCuhD_Q] Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.  

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Recent Insomnia News, Summer 2020

By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
July 17th, 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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COVID-19 | reopening sleep centers/clinics

Reopening of Sleep Centers/Clinics: Sleep Technologist Considerations

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
July 16th, 2020

As public health professionals make the determination it's safe to see patients and there are more relaxed stay-at-home restrictions, sleep technologist practices should strategically plan on how and when it's best to reopen. They should utilize recommended guidance from relevant prominent authorities, such as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the American Medical Association (AMA), on how to safely reopen their facilities. The AAST has conveniently gathered a great deal of important COVID-19 information for sleep technologists that can be found on the AAST resource page.

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