Sleep Trackers - From Simple to Smart
"The app I downloaded tells me that I am sleeping just fine ..." As sleep technologists, how many times have we heard this from patients?
That latest piece of software or technology that promises to help with sleep apnea or make our jobs obsolete, commonly known as “sleep trackers” or “activity monitors" carries with them many questions for both patients and sleep technologists.
In today's self-help, consumer centric, health conscious, latest-andgreatest marketplace, we are inundated with various gadgets, apps, advice from gurus and doodads that claim to make our aches go away, to help us sleep better, to help us lose weight, to make us happier, thinner, richer or live the rest of our lives with wrinkle-free skin. It is the equivalent of the wild, wild west and the snake oil salesmen rule the roost. And yet, is there any validity to some of these claims? Can
the myriad of “sleep trackers,” actually deliver on their promises? Are they worth the cost of the plastic that they are built around?
In the Q4 2017 issue of A2Zzz, Rui de Sousa, RPSGT, takes a look at new technology, from the simple to the smart, in order to help you talk with patients in a way that educates them on these apps and gadgets.
His article, “ Sleep Trackers: From Simple Actigraphy to Smart Watches, What Advice Can We Give?" is one of four designated CEC articles in this issue of A2Zzz. AAST members who read A2Zzz and claim their credits online by the deadline can earn 2.00 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs) per issue – for up to 8.00 AAST CECs per year. AAST CECs are accepted by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM).
To earn AAST CECs, carefully read the four designated CEC articles and claim your credits online. You must go online to claim your credits by the deadline of March 1, 2018.
After the successful completion of this educational activity, your certificates will be available in the My CEC Portal acknowledging the credits earned.