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

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Sleep Disorders | insomnia | Caffeine

Caffeine and Sleep

By: Brendan Duffy, CCSH, RPSGT
October 24th, 2019

I recently spoke with several sleep experts about caffeine and sleep. These wonderful sleep professionals were very giving of their time and knowledge, and I thank them immensely. It is because of their willingness to share their time, thoughts and friendship that I can share this information with you.

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Sleep Disorders | insomnia | Trends | Marijuana

Medical Marijuana’s Effect on Sleep

By: Joseph W. Anderson, CCSH, RPSGT, RST, RPFT, CRT-NPS
October 17th, 2019

Many states are adopting the use of marijuana for medical purposes even though federal law does not yet support marijuana to be used in this context. But marijuana also has been used historically, spiritually and socially for many years.

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Manual Titration of Positive Airway Pressure in Patients with OSA and Related Respiratory Disturbances

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Sleep Disorders | narcolepsy | insomnia

Support Groups in Sleep Disorders Medicine

By: Kimberly Trotter, MA, RPSGT
August 1st, 2019

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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Sleep Disorders | insomnia

Sleep Disturbances Associated With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By: Shana Hansen, Lt. Col., USAF, MC, and Shannon N. Foster, Major, USA, MC
July 18th, 2019

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. 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%, with women being more than twice as likely to have PTSD at some point. Significantly higher estimates have been reported in combat veterans (15-30%). Rates of PTSD in veterans are higher if they were stationed in combat zones, had tours of longer than one year, experienced combat or were injured. Specifically, among veterans with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, 31-86% report multiple traumatic combat exposures and 11-20% endorse significant PTSD symptoms.

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insomnia

Changing the Way We Think About Insomnia – One YouTube Video at a Time

By: AAST Editor
July 10th, 2019

Daniel Erichsen, MD, saw it time and time again. Patients would come into his sleep clinic in Oregon complaining of insomnia, and he would tell them the same thing: If you don’t try to sleep, eventually you will. But they weren’t always listening. “I got frustrated with just saying the same thing over and over,” Erichsen says. “I thought, ‘There’s got to be a better way I can communicate with a lot of people at once.’”

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