'Importance of Sleep' Makes Appearance at Party
Those of us in the medical profession are never off duty. We learn this pretty early on in our careers. Sleep techs are no exception. Last weekend at a Halloween party I was talking with a young mom and of course the topic was her children. Her youngest particularly is a source of worry for her, with his poor sleep and problematic behaviors. I talked with her for most of the party and encouraged her to have him seen by a sleep specialist. She seemed very interested and hopeful.
Her story was very familiar. The weekend before at the hunting club I was called upon to troubleshoot a variety of problems the fellas, that's Augustan for fellows, are having with CPAP. This is usually a popular subject since three of the eight are CPAP users. The weekend before that it was the same scenario at the turkey shoot and at my family reunion too. We won't even mention the church folks on Sundays.
I don't mind talking to people about their sleep issues though. I am used to it now and I know I have information that is helpful and pertinent. It is curious to me though, that in my former life as a nurse, I didn't get near as many opportunities to have my brain picked. I am glad that people are waking up to the importance of sleep and I believe it's our mission to inform and encourage others about sleep and health issues every chance we get. So the next time someone pulls a chair up next to you and wants to talk about their husbands' herculean snoring, take a lesson from Lucy and hang out your "SLEEP TECH IS IN" sign and listen up.