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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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2016 REM Run: AAST Supports CAAHEP Polysomnography Programs

By: Beth Ann Payne
March 1st, 2016

Photo Courtesy of Southeast Community College How the AAST is supporting student education The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) has long been recognized for supporting sleep technology education.  In 2002, the AAST began an initiative to establish standardized education programs for sleep technology, and joined the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

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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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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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Addressing Sleep Needs Among Athletes

By: Brendan Duffy
February 18th, 2016

Is sleep finally getting the attention it deserves among athletes? Recently at the NCAA annual meeting, Dr Brian Hainline, the medical chief for the NCAA addressed mental health as a top concern for the many NCAA athletes across the country that compete in many sports, at many levels.  One of the many areas being targeted is attention to the sleep needs and challenges that athletes encounter as they work through practices, workouts, games, classes, and homework assignments.  Sleep has a big impact on how one’s mental health is maintained.

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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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Infection Control in Your Sleep Lab: 12 Proven Ways To Do It Right

By: Laura Linley
January 27th, 2016

What are some safety considerations for infection control in the sleep lab? This article originally appeared in the A2Zzz Magazine's June 2015 issue.  Click here to access the original article.

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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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Lack of Sleep and Depression: Causes and Treatment Options

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
August 19th, 2015

Did you know that changes in your sleep habits are one of the most common effects of depression? Lack of sleep can be a symptom of depression, an effect of depression and a contributing factor to worsened depression.

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10 Tips to Get Your Child Rested, Alert, and Ready For School Season

By: Brendan Duffy
August 18th, 2015

Here's how to get an A+ on back to school preparedness for your child For some children, the school year has already begun. For others, it is right around the corner. As sleep technologists we may need to assist parents as they try to reinstate the school year schedule. (If you're wondering how to do this with teens, read our previous blog post on helping your teens sleep better.)

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