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

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Sports & Sleep: An Interview with Pat Byrne

By: AAST Editor
March 20th, 2018

Professional athletes put their bodies through a lot. High-intensity competition, grueling travel schedules, late games — all of this makes good sleep hygiene crucial. A well-rested and recovered athlete plays better than a sleep-deprived one, and professional teams are starting to understand how the sleep health of their athletes impacts wins and losses. In the third installment of our Sports & Sleep series, we spoke with sleep and fatigue expert Pat Byrne about his work with the Vancouver Canucks and his company, Fatigue Science.

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Sports & Sleep: An Interview with Dr. Christopher Winter

By: AAST Editor
March 6th, 2018

Professional athletes put their bodies through a lot. High-intensity competition, grueling travel schedules, late games — all of this makes good sleep hygiene crucial. A well-rested and recovered athlete plays better than a sleep-deprived one, and professional teams are starting to understand how the sleep health of their athletes impacts wins and losses. In the second installment of our Sports & Sleep series, we spoke with Dr. Christopher Winter, owner of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic and CNSM Consulting.

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Sports & Sleep: An Interview with Amy M. Bender, MS, PhD

By: AAST Editor
March 1st, 2018

Professional athletes put their bodies through a lot. High-intensity competition, grueling travel schedules, late games — all of this makes good sleep hygiene crucial. A well-rested and recovered athlete plays better than a sleep-deprived one, and professional teams are starting to understand how the sleep health of their athletes impacts wins and losses. In the first installment of our Sports & Sleep series, we spoke with Amy Bender, MS, PhD., the clinical program director of athlete services at the Centre for Sleep & Human Performance.

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

By: Kristina Weaver
February 22nd, 2018

Sleep problems can predispose individuals to many medical conditions. Conversely, medical disorders can lead to sleep disturbance. In fact, sleep disturbance represents one of the most challenging, yet exceptionally common problems faced in the primary care practice today.

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Sleep in Patients with ALS

By: Richard Rosenberg, PhD
February 15th, 2018

I try to start my blogs in a lighthearted way, but there is nothing lighthearted about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS. ALS is a group of progressive diseases of upper and lower motor neurons, resulting in weakness of muscles. The course is often rapid, with most people dying from respiratory failure within three to five years from the onset of symptoms. Patients have difficulty breathing due to weakness of respiratory muscles. As the disease progresses, patients may require tracheostomy and ventilation. There is no known treatment.

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What Is Sleep Apnea?

By: Rita Brooks
November 30th, 2017

If your patient comes to you reporting poor quality of sleep, there's a good chance they may be suffering from sleep apnea. A few sleep study tests can usually help provide a diagnosis.

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What Is Narcolepsy?

By: Kevin Asp
November 9th, 2017

About one in 2,000 people in the U.S. have narcolepsy. Narcolepsy can impact almost every aspect of your patient's life. It's a lifelong sleep disorder causing your patient to feel overwhelmingly tired. It's also dangerous since your patient can have a sleep attack or excessive sleepiness any time of the day and during any activity such as walking, eating, or driving.

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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

By: Rita Brooks
November 2nd, 2017

Does your patient complain of waking up with a headache in the morning or tell you they're just as tired the next morning as they were before they went to sleep the night before? Does their spouse sleep in a separate room because your patient’s snoring, choking, or gasping exhaust them each night?

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Pediatric Sleep Studies: A Sleep Tech’s Guide

By: Rita Brooks
October 26th, 2017

When conducting pediatric sleep studies in your sleep lab, remember that you will not treat children the same way you would adults. Children have distinct needs based on their stage of development and age, spanning from when they're newborns to their adolescence.

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A Sleep Tech’s Guide to Sleep Apnea

By: Kevin Asp
October 6th, 2017

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects nearly 18 million Americans. Left untreated, the condition can lead to a wide range of health problems, including: heart failure, stroke, diabetes, weight gain, impotence, headaches, depression, memory problems, and hypertension. Of course, this is in addition to the constant sleepiness patients often experience due to continuously interrupted sleep.

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