This is the fourth article in a series on the changing face of sleep technology. The past three articles focused on technology and the economy. This article focuses on how all these changes could directly impact the future sleep technologist. Technology is advancing at an incredible rate, and with home sleep apnea tests on the rise, the role of the sleep technologist will continue to evolve. I use the word “evolve” because I don’t think this position will be phased out any time soon. In fact, I see just the opposite happening.
A Brief History of Polysomnography The earliest recorded theory of sleep is from c450 BC. At that time, a Greek physician by the name of Almaeon described sleep as a loss of consciousness as blood recedes from the surface of the body¹. A few other theories came out regarding sleep. However, all theories encompassed a similar theme: Sleep was seen as a passive state in which the brain was simply “turned off.”