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The Changing Face of Sleep Technology: Part 1

By: Kent Caylor, RPSGT
February 19th, 2020

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.”

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Today’s Trends in Sleep Technology: From Broad Strokes to Finer Points of the Sleep Navigator Role

By: Matthew Anastasi, BS, RPSGT, RST
February 6th, 2020

Welcome to the third Trends article. In the previous edition, we explored a perspective on how our field has evolved from a trade to a profession to meet the needs of the complex patient and numerous other demands in our modern sleep disorders settings. In this issue, we’ll take a comprehensive look at the role of the sleep navigator from both a bird’s-eye view and from a worm’s-eye view and share recommendations on how you as a sleep professional can fit into this role.

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Emerging Technology History in Sleep: The Evolution, Part II

By: Joseph W. Anderson, CCSH, RPSGT, RST, RPFT, CRT-NPS
May 30th, 2019

In Part I of this article from the Q2 issue of 2018, I discussed the emerging and growing technology of the sleep medicine community. I also talked about the mantra of that time as “entering the field on the cutting edge of technology that would revolutionize the field of sleep medicine.” Just a few decades ago, there were no state licensure laws or any “real” credentialing requirements. And, of course, no HIPAA laws, either.

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Health Care of the Future: Telemedicine Makes Medicine More Accessible

By: AAST Editor
May 17th, 2019

Technology has allowed us to link with people all around the world. From connecting with friends and family abroad to discovering new cultures while sitting in the comfort of our own home, access to the internet has transformed the way we communicate.

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Cybersecurity and Sleep Data: How Safe Are You?

By: AAST Editor
May 2nd, 2019

Technology has made our lives a lot easier in many ways, but it has complicated it in others, too. Especially when it comes to your security. As humans increasingly rely on apps and devices, more and more of our data is being stored on various platforms. That includes the devices we use to track our sleep. Any data we hand over to a device is typically stored on a server in the cloud. And sometimes that data can be compromised. But should we be concerned about our privacy when it comes to sleep data? D. Reed Freeman Jr., a leading authority on privacy and cybersecurity, says the answer isn’t so black and white.

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Do Sleep Trackers Work? An Expert’s Opinion

By: AAST Editor
April 11th, 2019

It’s not uncommon these days to see people walking down the street with a FitBit or an Apple Watch. These wearables can track a slew of things: your steps, calories burned, your heart rate. They also can track your sleep. But what does that mean? And is the data it collects valuable in any sort of way?

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Sleep Wearables and Athletes: Legal Questions in the Digital Age

By: Suzanne Byrne, JD
March 28th, 2019

Wearables have become ubiquitous in our modern society, especially with both weekend and professional athletes. In particular, there has been a rapid implementation of wearables that monitor sleep into professional sports teams since 2008. However, this has created some unique legal challenges that need to be considered. The potential problems with these devices are the accuracy and legitimacy of the data from the wearable, the privacy of the data collected and the ownership of the data.

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Is AI the Future for Sleep Testing?

By: AAST Editor
March 14th, 2019

It seems like every industry is being changed by artificial intelligence, or AI.

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The Changing Face of Sleep Technology, Part IV

By: Kent Caylor, RPSGT
January 3rd, 2019

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.

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Sleep Spindles: Talking Tech With Patients

By: AAST Editor
October 4th, 2018

Sleep spindles are an information processing and transferring feature of the sleeping brain. With that in mind, AAST gathered together leading sleep-care professionals to discuss hot topics in the field — transferring information from them to you. AAST board member Allen Boone, RPSGT, RST, CCRA, CCRC, hosts this four-part video series. In our third installment, we have an interview with fellow board members Laree J. Fordyce, RST, RPSGT, CCSH, and Brendan Duffy, RPSGT, RST, CCSH, on the topic of talking tech with patients.    

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