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Adventures in Sleep

Self Medicating
October 6, 2014 12:49 PM by Penny Mehaffey
New research shows alarming but not surprising data that teens the world over self -medicate with over-the counter and prescription drugs. The statistics are: young people age 13 to 18 routinely self-medicate with over-the-counter and prescription medications Read More...
COPD in the Sleep Lab
August 28, 2014 10:50 AM by Penny Mehaffey
We had a COPD patient in the lab this week. This is not an unusual occurrence, but it was an exclamation point for me, given that CMS adds COPD to the list of targeted and tracked diseases this October. I thought our patient was a prime example of why Read More...
Can Ambien Be Linked to Murder?
May 8, 2014 9:42 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I read with some horror an article, Murder: Another Ambien Side Effect? , by John Gever in MedPage Today . Oh my goodness. I was aware of the bizarre behaviors reported with Ambien use: cooking while sleeping, having sex and not remembering... and driving Read More...
Sleep Defeat
January 16, 2014 9:34 AM by Penny Mehaffey
What do you say? Should we ever admit defeat with sleep patients? Is it just me or does it seem that men in their 80s are particularly harder to coach and titrate? They tend to fight CPAP and usually come with a library of reasons they can't or won't Read More...
Another Opportunity for Sleep Field Growth
January 9, 2014 10:09 AM by Amy Reavis
I read an interesting article about how the Affordable Care Act will be covering weight loss coaching as part of the mandatory coverage starting in 2014. The article goes on to talk about the fact that physicians will not be able to do this counseling Read More...
Reasons PAP Devices Denied as ‘Not Medically Necessary'
December 5, 2013 11:23 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I want to comment on the following that I read online in SleepReview : "The top two reasons for a positive airway pressure (PAP) device being denied as not medically necessary are as follows: 1) no face-to-face clinical evaluation by the treating physician Read More...
Thankful for Many Things, Including a Sleep Career
November 14, 2013 11:02 AM by Amy Reavis
I always spend November being thankful. It is a busy month for me as I find that work is busy, my son's birthday is celebrated -- this year he is 21-- and the holidays gear up. This year I even get to deal with Hanukah in November. It has been a crazy Read More...
Can a Mere David Take on the Goliath of Medicare?
September 26, 2013 9:17 AM by Penny Mehaffey
An recent article in Medpage Today expressed concern that the general public does not understand how Medicare works and that in general we are clueless as to it how it is paid out and funded. The author, David Pitman, said that our policymakers need to Read More...
How to Educate about Studying
September 19, 2013 9:16 AM by Amy Reavis
At the beginning of the school year the one thing that everyone is looking for is new study skills. Students want to know the latest trick to get better grades. So I did a little research and have figured out how to add value and encourage sleep at the Read More...
Are You an Apnea Tech or a Sleep Tech?
August 22, 2013 8:48 AM by Amy Reavis
Our job is to work with people with multiple disorders and to help educate them about the need for sleep and how sleep apnea affects the body. But are we really only teaching about apnea? I would tend to say no. Our audience in the lab may be limited Read More...
Sleep Apnea Patient Care Needs Improvement
August 16, 2012 9:50 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I am concerned and frustrated this week. I keep hoping to find that magical sweet spot between DME's and patients. Our city has about 10 different DME companies and as you might expect, service can vary greatly. It can be a challenge to understand exactly Read More...
What Are You Doing To Educate Patients?
April 24, 2012 10:54 AM by Amy Reavis
Educating patients about good sleep hygiene and proper care and feeding of their CPAP machine is just not something done by DME companies. It is our responsibility as sleep techs to do this at the first exposure so that patients understand how to improve Read More...
A Support Group to Help Kids Sleep
March 29, 2012 9:49 AM by Penny Mehaffey
It seems I am always behind in reading my magazines, newsletters, Facebook, and email. After being on the computer all day at work, sometimes the thought of all that extracurricular reading is just more than I can bear. (Remember in the olden days when Read More...
Why CPAP Therapy is Failing
February 1, 2012 11:09 AM by Amy Reavis
There is a huge failure rate for CPAP therapy; some would even say it is as high as 50 percent. That number is being used by insurance companies, home sleep testing companies, and people who do not believe in sleep apnea to prove that we are testing too Read More...
Non-Compliance 'R' Us
August 25, 2011 7:36 AM by Penny Mehaffey
NON-COMPLIANT: Failure or refusal to comply, or in the medical community it can be the degree to which a person follows medical advice. Is it just me, or are we sleep magnets for/to the non-compliant? I had a person today make me laugh out loud. We called Read More...


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