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Sleep Technologists Health Care Professionals The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) is a national health care membership association of professionals dedicated to improving the quality of sleep and wakefulness in all people.
Have you dreamed about being a Sleep Technologist!!!! Levels of opportunity Competitive salaries Job security Lifetime learning
Rewarding Career What do Sleep Technologists do? Many of the patients that are seen suffer from severe sleep deprivation. Play a key role in preventing major health problems in both adults and children. You have the opportunity to change a person’s life in one night’s stay at the sleep center.
Enjoy A Rewarding Career Sleep Technology is the study of sleep, sleep disorders, and the treatment of sleep disorders. Sleep technology and medicine involve many medical disciplines, but primarily: Pulmonology, Neurology, and Psychology.
Examples of Neurology-related Sleep Disorders Narcolepsy Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder REM Behavior Disorder Nocturnal Seizures
Examples of Psychology-related Sleep Disorders Insomnia Nightmares Night Terrors
Why Sleep Technology? Sleep Technology is a growing field. Advances in polysomnographic equipment and digital recordings. The best way to enter the field is through sleep technology. There are many advancements and wide range of job opportunities.
Polysomnography is Sleep Technology Polysomnography is a comprehensive recording of the bio-physiological changes that occur during sleep. Polysomnography is usually performed at night or during normal sleep times by a sleep technologist.
Diagnostic Testing Sleep Technologists administer sleep testing procedures which include: Diagnostic Polysomnographic Test Multiple Sleep Latency Test Maintenance of Wakefulness Test CPAP/Bi-Level titrations
Patient arrival at sleep center Patient education Patient set-up Clear signal readings Documentation of patient’s readings. “A Good Night’s Work”
“Don’t be left in the dark. Get into the field of Sleep Technology!” AASM A-STEP Program CoA PSG Certificate Programs
Need for Techs Qualified technologists will be needed to treat these patients. The need for qualified technologists is higher than ever. Sleep Technology has been predicted to have tremendous growth over the next 10 years. Approximately 20 million adults in America have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
“Credentialing is Essential” Three organizations offer a credentialing exam for Sleep Technologists – American Board of Sleep Medicine Registered Sleep Technologist – Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists Registered Polysomnographic Technologist – National Board of Respiratory Care Sleep Disorders Specialty In some states a Sleep Technology Credential is required in order to work in the profession.
“How do I maintain my education?” Maintaining the RPSGT credential requires continuing education. A specific amount of sleep-related educational hours are required every 5 years to maintain the credential. Many organizations offer continuing educational courses, locally, nationally and internationally.
“What could I be doing if I go into this field?” Advancing Your Career in Sleep Technology!!!!
Other jobs Scorers Shift Supervisors Clinical Supervisors Sleep Manager/Directors Durable Medical Equipment Specialists
Industry Representative Sales Many sleep companies hire RPSGTs in sales. Installation Installation Who can better anticipate your needs then a fellow tech? Development Development Great ideas for use of equipment come from the technologists.
Teaching Opportunities Many A-STEP programs need Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGT’s). Colleges are beginning sleep programs – why not share the knowledge? Sleep organizations need speakers/teachers.
Sleep Organizations www.aastweb.orgwww.aastweb.org www.aasmnet.orgwww.aasmnet.org www.absm.orgwww.absm.org www.brpt.orgwww.brpt.org For more information regarding sleep related organizations, please visit the AAST Web site at www.aastweb.org