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34 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Sleep Disorders Increase Health Care Costs
We wrap up season 3 of Talking Sleep with a discussion of the economic impact of sleep disorders. In a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Drs. Phil Huyett and Neil Bhattacharyya crunch the numbers to estimate the health care costs of diagnosing and treating sleep disorders and associated complications. We talk to them about their findings and the implications.
25 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Guiding Principles for Determining Work Shift Duration
New evidence-based principles co-published by the AASM and SRS will help employers take a holistic view of setting work shift durations to positively impact employee health, safety, and productivity by reducing mental and physical fatigue. Lead author Dr. Indira Gurubhagavatula joins us to explain the guiding principles and how they can be used to develop effective, customized solutions for shift duration.
40 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
When to Consider Surgery to Treat OSA
A new clinical practice guideline from the AASM advises when surgical consultation may be appropriate for patients struggling to use CPAP to treat their obstructive sleep apnea. In this episode, we talk with two of the guideline authors, Drs. David Kent and Jeff Stanley, both otolaryngologists and sleep specialists, about the recommendations for surgical consultation and how they can empower patients to make the best decision for their care.
38 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Evaluating New Sleep Technologies
Are you overwhelmed by the constantly changing landscape of sleep technologies? Having trouble keeping up with your patient’s latest sleep tracker? The AASM Emerging Technology Committee is here to help. In this episode, we talk with committee members Drs. Maryann Deak, Sharon Schutte-Rodin and Ambrose Chiang about AASM resources to evaluate sleep-related clinical and consumer devices to help further your understanding of #SleepTechnology.
31 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Specializing in Sleep Medicine
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Scott Kutscher, sleep fellowship director at Stanford and a member of the AASM’s Sleep Medicine Fellowship Directors Council Steering Committee. He discusses the Choose Sleep initiative to increase the knowledge and awareness of a career in sleep medicine, how sleep fellowship programs have responded and adapted to the pandemic, and a move for sleep medicine’s Match Day.
29 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
How Patient Navigators Can Improve Sleep Health
A clinical sleep health educator can help bridge the gaps between patients and providers, leading to improved diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders and better coordination among the health care team. In today’s episode, we’ll learn about the Certification in Clinical Sleep Health credential with Andrea Ramberg, RPSGT, CCSH, president-elect of the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.
29 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
How Sleep Depth Could Impact CPAP Adherence
The AASM’s inaugural Change Agents competition brought together teams from all areas of sleep medicine to think about innovative and creative ways to reimagine the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. In today’s episode, we talk to the leader of the winning team, Dr. Amy Bender, about the proposal, “Let’s Put the Sleep Back into Sleep Medicine,” which recommends measuring sleep depth to predict CPAP adherence and offer more personalized sleep apnea treatment.
31 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Telemedicine Reliability in Screening for Sleep Apnea
With increased use of telemedicine, how reliable are video evaluations for obstructive sleep apnea? Today’s guest, Dr. Michael Yurcheshen, recently published a study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine comparing telemedicine to in-person assessments for sleep-disordered breathing. He discusses his findings, shares tips on how to conduct the best video exam and explores how telemedicine can be leveraged in the future.
32 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Updates in the Treatment of Hypersomnias
In this episode, we review the recently released AASM clinical practice guideline for treatment of central disorders of hypersomnolence. We talk with Dr. Kiran Maski, chair of the AASM task force that developed the guideline, about the data-driven treatment recommendations as well as future research directions, the challenges of diagnosing hypersomnias, and the potential of sleep biomarkers.
34 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Sleep Medicine
Sleep medicine is a diverse profession, and the AASM strives to be representative and inclusive of all backgrounds and perspectives. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Andrew Spector, chair of the AASM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, about the Academy’s efforts to identify and eliminate barriers to inclusion, support initiatives for better diversity, and work to reduce health care disparities.
28 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
In Defense of CPAP Treatment
In this episode, we review the CPAP technology assessment draft report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the AASM-led response. Our guest Dr. Susheel Patil highlights key findings of the report, where the Academy and its partners think it falls short, and how it could ultimately move the field forward by setting the stage for future research priorities.
27 minutes | May 20, 2021
OSA in Children With Down Syndrome
Obstructive sleep apnea affects 40-50% of children with Down syndrome; however, access to care, diagnosis, and treatment of OSA presents many challenges. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Ignacio Tapia, a pediatric sleep specialist whose research aims to increase access to sleep care for special needs’ patients, leverage home sleep apnea tests and improve PAP adherence through programs benefiting patients and their families.
41 minutes | May 7, 2021
Innovation in Sleep Medicine
Improving health outcomes and health systems requires new ways of thinking. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Azizi Seixas, an assistant professor in the Departments of Population Health and Psychiatry at NYU Langone and chair of the recent AASM Sleep Medicine Disruptors meeting, about leveraging disruption to be more efficient, develop new solutions and better engage with and care for people in our communities.
34 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Beyond the AHI
The apnea-hypopnea index is one of the most debated measures of the severity of obstructive sleep apnea. In this episode, we talk with Drs. Daniel Gottlieb and Douglas Kirsch about a new research statement from the Sleep Research Society that explores the strengths and weaknesses of the AHI and considers other measures to determine OSA risk and treatment options.
27 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Artificial Intelligence in Sleep Medicine
From AI-assisted scoring to personalized sleep treatments, artificial intelligence has incredible potential in sleep medicine. In this episode, we talk to AASM AI committee members Dr. Anuja Bandyopadhyay and Sam Rusk to learn more about current and future applications of AI, the value to patients, and plans for an AASM certification program to validate and standardize AI scoring software.
31 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Using Sleep Technology for Sleep Education
Consumer-oriented sleep trackers are increasing in popularity and provide an opportunity to educate users about the importance of healthy sleep, says Dr. Logan Schneider, co-director of the Stanford/VA Alzheimer's Research Center and a tech consultant. In this episode, Dr. Schneider discusses the benefits of sleep tech to consumers and clinicians and his involvement in developing Google’s new sleep tracking device.
30 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Understanding the Value of Advanced Practice Providers
In this episode of Talking Sleep, we sit down with Loretta Colvin, APRN, to learn more about the role of advanced practice providers in the sleep medicine practice, how APPs collaborate with physicians to provide patient care, and how to incorporate these valuable team members into a practice to expand services and improve access to care.
32 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Behavioral Interventions to Treat Insomnia
Cognitive behavioral therapy should be the first course of treatment in adults with chronic insomnia, according to a recently published AASM clinical practice guideline. This episode features Dr. Jennifer Martin, a clinical psychologist and co-author of the guideline, discussing the effectiveness of CBT-I, and why both physicians and patients should be aware that it’s an option. She also talks about the challenges of sleep during the pandemic, why melatonin isn’t the answer, and why consumer wearables may do more harm than good.
34 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Sleep and Immunity
In this episode, we explore how sleep modulates the immune system, affecting our ability to ward off infections and develop antibodies. Our guest is Dr. Aric Prather, a clinical health psychologist and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, who has done extensive research on the relationship between sleep and immunity.
24 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Telemedicine Opportunities and Challenges
Telemedicine is changing the way sleep medicine is taught and practiced. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Barry Fields, a sleep physician at the Atlanta VA Health System and member of the AASM Telemedicine Presidential Committee. He shares AASM telemedicine resources and offers guidance on how to make the most of telemedicine in the clinic and the classroom.
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