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How to Work Hard at PAP Adherence

By: Zack Freeman
March 7th, 2016

Advice from a sleep technologist on how to increase PAP adherence rates An argument could be made that a successful PAP adherence rate for a sleep disorders facility is achieved by repetitive small successes with each patent, that are accomplished with much work on the part of the referring and treating providers as well as the clinical and support staff.

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What Are The Effects of Exercise on Sleep Apnea?

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
February 25th, 2016

How does regular exercise affect sleep apnea? Several studies have shown that supervised exercise has a favorable effect on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  In a study called "Effects of Exercise Training on Sleep Apnea: A Meta-analysis" researchers examined the effects of exercise on sleep apnea by measuring the severity of OSA in adults before and after exercise. 

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Sleep Disorders | Sleep Technologist Advice

What is REM Rebound? A Sleep Technologist's Guide

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
February 24th, 2016

What is REM Rebound?  What should sleep technologists know about it? REM sleep rebound is identified as the increase of Stage R sleep above normal (or baseline) levels after a period of sleep restriction or deprivation.  In other words, it's a phenomenon in which there is an increase in REM sleep after a night of little REM sleep.  Generally a 20% increase in REM sleep duration has been proposed as a threshold to identify REM rebound in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who start PAP treatment.

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Pediatric Periodic Limb Movement Disorder: A Case Study

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
February 23rd, 2016

   Learn how to assess patients with pediatric periodic limb movement disorder We've previously written about periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMS) and restless legs syndome (RLS), but periodic limb movement disorder is not to be confused with RLS.  Unlike RLS, PLMD occurs when you're asleep.  Most other movement disorders manifes during periods of wakefulness. The condition is characterized as being remarkably periodic and the movements may cause poor sleep and subsequent daytime sleepiness.

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Sleep Disorders | Sleep Technologist Advice

COPD and Sleep Apnea: What Happens When Two Deadly Conditions Coexist

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
February 19th, 2016

COPD and Sleep Apnea: What you should watch out for... We've previously written about the life threatening consequences of not treating sleep apnea.  The National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research estimates that there are approximately 38,000 deaths per year caused by sleep apnea. 

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(E-Book Download) Sleep Seizures, Narcolepsy and Epilepsy

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
February 11th, 2016

The relationship between narcolepsy and epilepsy is often misunderstood By Mary Ellen Wells, MS, RPSGT, REEGT, RNCST This article originally appeared in the December 2009 version of A2Zzz. However, this article still serves as a practical resource for those who want to understand the complex phenomenon of sleep seizures.

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Sleep Disorders | Sleep Medicine

The Case of a Patient with Unsuccessful PAP Titration

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

Get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on when a patient has an unsuccessful PAP titration Check out our Case of The Month! Dr. Rosenberg discusses the case of Mr. K., who ends up having an unsuccessful PAP titration. 

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How Does Bariatric Surgery Affect Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
January 25th, 2016

Learn how bariatric surgery can affect sleep apnea   How does bariatric surgery affect obstructive sleep apnea? These two seemingly unrelated topics actually have much in common. 

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Learning Module on Therapy for Behavioral Comorbidities is Now Available!

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
January 22nd, 2016

What every sleep technologist should know about behavioral comorbidities  When two disorders or illnesses occur in the same person, simultaneously or sequentially, they are described as comorbid.  So what challenges do comorbidities present when a sleep technologist is recording or analyzing the results of a sleep study?

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Learning Module on Therapy for Respiratory Rhythm Disorders is now available!

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
January 21st, 2016

What every sleep technologist should know about therapy for respiratory rhythm disorders  What are some of the most effective therapy options for respiratory rhythm disorders?

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