What Can AI Do for Your Career in Sleep?
Finding enough time in your day to accomplish everything both personally and professionally is a struggle that many people can relate to. Most of us wish that we could find time to do more, yet many of us finish our days with items still left on our to-do list. If technology could free up half the time your team currently spends scoring studies, what items could you start crossing off your list each day? Could you use that time to take your career in sleep to the next level?
One of the things I’m passionate about is finding ways for technologists to excel in the midst of the ever-growing demands placed on sleep care professionals. Implementing artificial intelligence (AI) technology can lead to scoring more studies in less time and reduce your sleep lab backlog. This, in turn, frees up time in your workday to pursue a new part- or full-time role at your sleep lab. There are many opportunities in sleep for technologists to expand their roles in patient care and compliance, including attaining an additional certification, pursuing continuing education by taking a course at a local college or implementing a new program in their sleep lab. All of these initiatives have the potential to both positively impact your sleep center and elevate your career.
Career Doors That Open With a CCSH
Your career can rapidly evolve when you earn an additional degree, credential or certification. In sleep medicine, the Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) credential might be the one that opens the most doors for sleep technologists. That was certainly the case for me. I started out in sleep medicine performing in sleep lab studies and transitioned to a scoring technologist. While building up my skills, I recognized opportunities to make a difference in the lives of my patients beyond scoring studies.
I obtained my CCSH certification, and using my expertise and knowledge, worked to improve the care pathway for patients in the community that I served by starting a sleep navigation program. My CCSH credential helped me grow my career, and it started with me seeing an opportunity to make a difference and finding a way to make it happen. If you’re interested in earning your CCSH there are several career paths a sleep technologist might consider pursuing.
Sleep coaching is one pathway to consider. With your CCSH, you will have the skills and qualifications to help patients with specific disorders that require unique therapy plans, including insomnia. Generally, sleep coaches work closely with physicians and other behavioral medical specialists to facilitate improved outcomes for the patient. For many patients, talking with a sleep coach might be the very first step in analyzing sleep patterns. Patients may not be ready to accept their current reality; a sleep coach is someone who can guide a patient toward healthy (or healthier) sleep patterns. Sleep coaches will also work with parents to assist them in getting their kids on a healthier sleep schedule, providing benefits to the entire family.