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By: AAST Editor on December 13th, 2018

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The Best of the Best: AAST’s Top 5 Articles from 2018

It was an exciting year for AAST. This year on our blog, we covered a diverse number of topics: from how sleep affects elite athletes to managing relationships with companies that make durable medical equipment (DMEs). Let’s take a look back at the most-read articles from 2018.

#1. What is Polysomnography?

Polysomnography, better known as a sleep study, is a non-invasive way to diagnose a variety of sleep disorders. While it seems pretty straightforward, there are lots of things to know about how sleep studies are performed, why they’re performed and how they can affect patients. AAST Past-President Rita Brooks, MEP, RST, RPSGT, REEG/EPT, breaks it down.

#2. How Technology Impacts Sleep Quality

Technology is a blessing and a curse, in terms of sleep. While it has advanced so many things in the field of sleep medicine and beyond, in many ways it negatively affects our sleep. Smartphones, tablets and laptops can block melatonin and add too much stimuli before the critical “unwinding” period before bed. How can you combat this for your patients and yourself? Read more to find out.

#3. Sleep in Patients With ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, can be a devastating disease. While it’s not commonly associated with ALS, sleep medicine can be used as a helpful tool for those with the disease.

#4. Certificates, Credentials & Degrees – Do You Know the Difference?

 It’s easy to get confused by all the various types of credentials, certificates and degrees out there. But what exactly is the difference between them all? Knowing what each means is important between all the abbreviations and what they can mean for your future.

#5. Primary Care Physician vs. Sleep Specialist: Who Knows Best?

Sleep is deeply ingrained into our general health. Problems with our sleep can be a side effect of other health issues, and it can also exacerbate other illnesses, too. But are primary care physicians asking patients enough about their sleep?