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The Field of Sleep Medicine

The field of sleep medicine is dedicated to diagnosing and treating people who suffer from sleep related disorders. It is a rapidly growing profession that is in great need of trained personnel.

Sleep Technologist Role

A sleep technologist’s role in a sleep disorder center is vital. Sleep technologists assist in the evaluation and follow-up care of patients with sleep disorders. They interact directly with the patient by placing sensors on the patient’s body that allow them to monitor sleep stages, breathing patterns, heart rate and rhythms, limb movements, oxygen levels, and more. To capture this information they use specialized diagnostic monitoring equipment, computers, and software applications.


Types of Diagnostic Tests Performed by Sleep Technologists

Sleep technologist assist board certified sleep medicine physicians with diagnostic tests conducted at sleep centers. This may include in-lab sleep studies, Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT) and Maintenance of Wakefulness Testing (MWT). Sleep technologists also score sleep tests prior to the physicians interpretation, and assist patients with their home sleep apnea tests.

Diagnostic tests include:


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To learn more about becoming a Sleep Technologist, visit Prospective Students.

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November 22, 2017

Older women who don’t get enough sleep were more likely to have poor cardiovascular health, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017.
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Severe Hot Flashes Linked with Greater Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

November 8, 2017

Many menopausal women complain about poor sleep. Should the problem be blamed simply on menopause or on a more serious underlying sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
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Clinical Trial to Start for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Pharmaceutical

October 25, 2017

Therapix Biosciences Ltd, a specialty, clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focusing on the development of cannabinoid-based treatments, signed an agreement with Assuta Medical Center to conduct a Phase IIa, sponsor-initiated trial for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) using the company’s proprietary cannabinoid-based technology, THX-OSA01.
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What Humans Can Learn From Sleep-Deprived Fruit Flies

October 11, 2017

Research into circadian rhythms offers a reminder: Our bodies are fantastic machines.
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Digital Morphometrics Shows Promise as Cost-effective Imaging to Determine Patients’ OSA Risk and Severity

September 27, 2017

Although sex, aging, and obesity are the main factors associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), research has shown that larger tongue, lateral pharyngeal walls, tonsils, soft palate, and total pharyngeal soft tissue volumes can also be considered OSA risks.
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Scientists Study Yawning’s Neural Basis to Better Understand Disorders Such as Epilepsy, Dementia, and Autism

September 13, 2017

Even if we aren’t tired, why do we yawn if someone else does? Experts at the University of Nottingham have published research that suggests the human propensity for contagious yawning is triggered automatically by primitive reflexes in the primary motor cortex—an area of the brain responsible for motor function.
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NSF: Sleepless Tech Users Sacrifice Sleep Health

August 30, 2017

The National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) latest Sleep Health Index (SHI) finds significant associations between technology use in bed and sleep health. Forty-eight percent of American adults reported using a device like a computer, tablet, or smartphone in bed before trying to go to sleep.
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Research Moves Closer to Nocturnal Oximetry-based Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnostic Test for Children

August 16, 2017

Computer analysis of oxygen levels in the blood during sleep could—by itself—provide an easy, relatively inexpensive, and sufficiently reliable way to determine which children who snore habitually could benefit from a diagnosis and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This approach was most accurate for children with severe apnea.
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Can't Sleep? Maybe It's Your Neighborhood

August 2, 2017

Your feelings about your surroundings affect how well you snooze, according to new research.
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Interrupted sleep may lead to Alzheimer’s, new studies show

July 19, 2017

Getting a solid night’s sleep is crucial not only for feeling good the next day — there is increasing evidence that it may also protect against dementia, according to new research presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London.
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First Class of ABMS-Certified Sleep Physicians Heads Back to Test Centers

July 5, 2017

Ten years have passed since sleep became a subspecialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The anniversary also comes during a time of change for maintenance of credential requirements.
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Food as Therapy for Narcolepsy Patients

June 21, 2017

Some patients who try a ketogenic diet find symptom relief from the neurological sleep disorder.
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Deep Sleep Maintains Brain’s Learning Efficiency

June 7, 2017

Researchers of the University of Zurich and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have demonstrated the causal context of why deep sleep is important to the learning efficiency of the human brain.
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Sleep Apnea May Increase Atrial Fibrillation Risk

May 24, 2017

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF). This is according to research presented at the ATS 2017 International Conference.
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Insomnia and Sleep Apnea Occur Together More Often Than You Think

May 10, 2017

A recent symposium on comorbid insomnia and sleep apnea presented at the 23rd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society discussed prevalence, treatments, and other clinical implications of what one speaker described as the single most common disorder presenting to sleep centers throughout the world.
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AASM SleepTM Select Telemedicine Platform Now Free for AASM-Accredited Sleep Centers

April 26, 2017

he American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) introduces AASM Sleep(TM) Select, a streamlined telemedicine system that enables sleep medicine professionals, accredited sleep centers, and durable medical equipment (DME) providers to rapidly improve patient access to care by integrating secure video visits.
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Sleep deficits in autism spectrum disorders and the role of neuroligin gene mutation

April 12, 2017

Despite sleep impairments occurring in all subtypes in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), their causes still remain unclear. Current research explores the role of neuroligin mutations in patients with autism who have trouble sleeping.
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Sleep Deprivation Impairs Ability to Interpret Facial Expressions

March 29, 2017

After a rough night’s sleep, your ability to recognize whether those around you are happy or sad could suffer, according to a study led by a University of Arizona psychologist.
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Surveying the State of Sleep Science

March 1, 2017

Sleep remains an enduring biological mystery with major clinical relevance. But sleep researchers have made important discoveries about the fundamental chemistry of sleepiness in recent years.
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Discovery of Vital Molecule That Regulates Breathing Could Lead to Better Sleep Apnea Treatments

February 15, 2017

Respiratory conditions could be better targeted and treated, thanks to the discovery of the vital molecule which regulates breathing. This is according to research by the University of Warwick.
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Documenting the Patient Perspective

February 1, 2017

In 2014, VEDA asked members to assist in a research project by signing onto a patient registry and providing information on their diagnosis experience.
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Evaluation of the risk factors of depressive disorders comorbid with obstructive sleep apnea

January 18, 2017

Depressed patients may have potentially life-threatening OSA. Particular attention should be paid to depressive patients who are resistant to treatment, and psychiatrists should consider calling for voluntary OSA screening.
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Binocular Vision Correction for the Treatment of Vestibular Symptoms

January 4, 2017

A subtle vision misalignment, when identified with a thorough medical history and treated with aligning lenses, may reduce symptoms for some vestibular patients.
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Ménière’s Syndrome or Ménière’s Disease?

December 12, 2016

any patients diagnosed with Ménière’s disease could actually have semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome (SCSC).
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AHA Statement: Sleep Disorders May Influence Heart Disease Risk Factors

December 7, 2016

Sleep problems including sleeping too little or too long, may be linked to a variety of factors that may raise the risk for cardiovascular diseases, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement.
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Bridging the Gaps for Sleep Apnea Patients

November 23, 2016

Sleep Apnea patients face challenges and there are sometimes preventable misunderstandings and information gaps among patients.
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