2017 World Sleep Congress: A Perspective for Sleep Technologists
I was fortunate enough to attend The World Sleep Congress, which took place October 7-11 in Prague, Czech Republic. As a joint Congress of the World Association of Sleep Medicine and World Sleep Federation, this conference delivered hundreds of lectures and poster abstracts that are important to the future of sleep technology and attracted thousands of clinicians.
The program included many topics—much to many to list in full—but among the topics covered were SERVE-HF, sleep and stress, circadian factors, genetic biomarkers, insomnia, dental sleep medicine, narcolepsy, CPR for the sleep technologist, shift work, RLS, psychiatric disorders, parasomnias, sleep-disordered breathing, sleep and sex, treatments of sleep disorders, hormonal changes, RBD, certification, and much more!
The opening ceremony took place in Prague, at the Municipal House, a beautiful concert hall built over 100 years ago! Awards were presented and an orchestra played, followed by a reception.
The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) were represented at the Congress. The vendor hall was large, yet quaint. Attendees had many opportunities to visit the vendors. The BRPT and AAST were able to speak to many clinicians and researchers from all over the world.
Overall, the World Sleep Congress was an experience not to be missed, if at all possible. The keynotes, symposia, courses, abstract presentations, and abstract posters were all of the highest quality.
In 2019, the World Sleep Congress will be located in Vancouver, Canada. Hope to see you there!
David Wolfe, MSEd, RST, RPSGT, RRT-SDS, is a member of the AAST Board of Directors.