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Why Am I Tired All The Time? 5 Tips to Feeling Better!

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
June 8th, 2016

I’m getting a full night’s sleep but I’m still exhausted. Why is that? The feeling of everyday jetlag resonates with you. You got some sleep but you still feel exhausted.

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Why are Emergency Policies in Sleep Centers Required and Important?

By: Kimi Clark
May 24th, 2016

Developing emergency policies in sleep centers is crucial to safety and meeting accreditation standards If you have ever been through an AASM accreditation you have had the experience of creating emergency policies for your facility and making sure they address key components to assure that you and your staff have the proper tools to deal with any emergencies that might arise in the sleep center.  

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Sleep and Golf: How Sleeping Well Improves Your Performance to a Tee

By: Brendan Duffy
May 23rd, 2016

Sleep and Golf: Secrets to golfing better So do you want to improve your golf game?   Of course you do. Well maybe you need to review what you are doing away from the golf course that may have a great impact on how you play your game. If a golfer does not get sufficient sleep, or if they do not get restorative sleep due to a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, it is almost certainly going to have a negative impact on their game.

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Positional Therapy – Is it Especially Helpful for Full Face CPAP Mask Patients?

By: Zack Freeman
April 25th, 2016

Is Positional Therapy right for your patient who usually uses a full face CPAP mask? One of the most important journals for sleep professionals is the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM), the official journal of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). This publication has been the go-to journal for sleep specialists who want to stay proficient in sleep medicine since 2005. 

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Sleep Technology Trends | Sleep Medicine

Measuring Diagnostic & Treatment Outcomes in PSG's and HSAT's

By: Kevin Phillips
April 20th, 2016

There is a lot of important information being gathered on how sleep studies (PSG) and Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT) are used for diagnosing sleep apnea. Dr. Charles Atwood, Associate Professor of Medicine, provides a series of short lectures discussing emerging information about the usefulness of HSATs (also known as portable monitoring) for diagnosing sleep apnea in adult patients.  His presentations cover a wide range of topics including subjective and objective measurement methods, processes and outcomes for both PSG and HSAT, as well as the various sleep measures of both diagnostic tools.

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Free Fall Course Video: Optimizing PAP Adherence

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
April 8th, 2016

Learn how to optimize OSA therapy adherence among your patients Positive airway pressure (PAP) compliance is a hot topic among sleep technologists who work extensively with sleep apnea patients.

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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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Re-inventing the alarm: What is keeping me awake?

By: Brendan Duffy
March 29th, 2016

What is keeping me awake? We are doing this backwards folks.  We stay up watching TV, cruising through social media sites, playing all kinds of games on all kinds of devices.  We have smart phones, smart watches, smart tablets…. But maybe we are not so smart.

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Put me in Coach –I’m ready (and rested) to play!

By: Brendan Duffy
March 23rd, 2016

Brendan Duffy discusses the importance of optimal rest for your peak performance You can feel it in the air.  Winter is finally almost done!  The ice is disappearing and the flowers are starting to appear after a long winter.

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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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