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

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Atrial Fibrillation

By: Regina Patrick
June 20th, 2016

How obstructive sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation are related This article was originally published in the A2Zzz Volume 25 Number 1 edition. To access the original article and references cited click here. 

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5 Biggest Symptoms of Sleep Disorders

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
June 14th, 2016

How do you know you have a sleep disorder that needs to be checked out? Everyone has difficulty sleeping now and again. But if your lack of shut-eye is an ongoing problem that may mean that you have a sleep disorder. 

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Study Q & A: Severe, Untreated Sleep Apnea Linked to Aggressive Melanoma

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
June 3rd, 2016

Is Severe, Untreated Sleep Apnea Linked to Aggressive Melanoma? We spoke to Membership and Communications Committee member Lisa Endee, B.S., RRT-SDS, RPSGT and Clinical Assistant Professor, Polysomnographic Technology at Stony Brook University about an article and recent study published by Health.com.

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Floppy Eyelid Syndrome (FES): Why Optometrists See Sleep as an Issue

By: Brendan Duffy
April 11th, 2016

Brendan Duffy shares how optometrists are increasingly aware of the partnership between sleep and eye health  I have been working in the sleep medicine field for almost 20 years, but it wasn’t until the last few months that I saw a patient referred to our sleep center from an Optometrist! He has referred a few patients in the past year and that piqued my interest as to what the eye doctor “saw”. Those referrals started my quest to learn about his symptom listing of FES - Floppy Eyelid Syndrome!

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Book Review: A Technologist’s Introduction to Sleep Disorders

By: Tamara Sellman
April 4th, 2016

Tamara Sellman reviews Dr. Richard Rosenberg's A Technologist’s Introduction to Sleep Disorders, Second Edition In January 2016, the AAST released a second edition of A Technologist’s Introduction to Sleep Disorders. This slim spiral bound handbook with clear laminate cover packs a lot of important information inside its covers.

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Dealing with PAP Refusals: Patients Who Don't Want CPAP

By: Sherri Lindahl
April 1st, 2016

How to best deal with patients who are exhibiting PAP refusal (don't want CPAP treatment) We’ve all been there. Our patient desperately needs CPAP, he’s the perfect candidate, but… after you push that button you hear the dreaded response “No! There’s no way I’m wearing that!” The emotion that exudes from that statement can have a palpable effect on the atmosphere of the room. Suddenly you tense up with a million solutions running through your head.

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Inspire Therapy, an Alternative to the CPAP Machine

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
March 31st, 2016

Photo courtesy of Inspire What is Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation Therapy? At the AAST Spring Course we met with Debbie Kozlowski, RPSGT who has been working with patients to find alternative treatment options for those who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. 

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Do I Have Narcolepsy? How Polysomnography and MSLT Help Us To Understand

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
March 17th, 2016

How can you tell if a patient with excessive daytime sleepiness has narcolepsy? Do I have narcolepsy, since I fall asleep so easily?  This may be a question you ask yourself before you undergo a polysomnography test.   But before you jump to that assumption it's best to check with your sleep physician first. It's quiz time! Which of the following patients most likely has narcolepsy?

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Treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
March 16th, 2016

How do you effectively treat Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder? Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) are two disorders that are very similar in their signs and symptoms as well as their treatment. It is very likely, but not always true, that if you suffer from one, you may suffer with the other as well.  The primary difference is that RLS occurs while awake and PLMD occurs while sleeping. 

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Planning on Retaking the RPSGT Exam?

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
March 10th, 2016

Studying to become a sleep technologist? This is the only sleep technologist workbook you'll ever need The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) is proud to announce the publication of the Fundamentals of Sleep Technology Workbook.

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