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Adventures in Sleep

Acclimating to a CPAP Mask
May 1, 2014 10:39 AM by Penny Mehaffey
There is a good discussion going on this week on the LINKED-IN network. It was started by an AlaskaSleep Clinic blogger and is titled "How Can I get used to this CPAP Mask?" This topic remains continually relevant because acceptance and/or success with Read More...
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At Long Last: Spring!
April 10, 2014 9:54 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Spring is trying so hard to manifest here in Augusta. I keep hoping it will happen any day now. The past couple of days have been so pretty, sunny and warmish-cool. My assistant Brittany texted me this morning to say that she thinks we should have a day Read More...
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Election Time
April 3, 2014 12:04 PM by Amy Reavis
I am excited to see the elections this year. There are many new people on the ballot and the desire to bring new blood into the AAST and for more people to be involved is very exciting. I have also seen more people volunteering for committees. This again Read More...
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Review, Review, Review!
March 20, 2014 8:33 AM by Amy Reavis
The one thing I can tell you as I teach is how much reviewing the rules is important. I have recently taught scoring and titration. As I am going through the curriculum it is always helpful to remember that reviewing the rules makes me a stronger technologist. Read More...
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Asleep During 'The Week'
March 13, 2014 12:26 PM by Penny Mehaffey
We just concluded Sleep Awareness week 2014. I am ashamed to say that I completely forgot about it this year. This year I was too distracted and was not even aware until the last day. But I will make up for it next week by hosting a belated event. After Read More...
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Alternatives to CPAP
March 6, 2014 4:49 PM by Penny Mehaffey
All of my experience in sleep having come from the sleep lab, I do not have any hands-on experience with oral appliances. I have done a few sleep studies with appliances in place but that is the extent of my exposure. I am comfortable supporting the oral Read More...
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Community Service Is Necessary
February 27, 2014 9:20 AM by Amy Reavis
We are all in fields that need a little more representation. We are not nurses, doctors or x-ray technologists. Our fields are often misunderstood by those outside our field. As a program director for a neurodiagnostic technology program I have learned Read More...
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Mother Nature Keeping Us Awake
February 20, 2014 10:31 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I missed my blog deadline last week due to the crazy weather. We are accustomed to weird weather phenomena in the garden city. Augusta, Ga., seems to have her own personal climate system at work. Last week we prepared for winter storm Pax to cross us. Read More...
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Elections and Volunteers
February 13, 2014 10:15 AM by Amy Reavis
This is that time of year when our associations are looking for us to step up to the plate. It is the time for us to have an influence on our field and those we chose to represent us. This is the time of year when I see so many complaints and so little Read More...
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Do As I Say, Not As I Do
February 6, 2014 10:38 AM by Amy Reavis
I do not know about you but I used to hear, "Do as I say, not as I do," all the time from my parents. I know that as sleep techs we are not perfect, but we really should follow our own advice. I have worked in labs, I have sent students out to labs and Read More...
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When It's Icy in Georgia
January 30, 2014 11:37 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I'm blogging today about the weather. It is the big story here in the Garden City where I am. The lab closed Tuesday and Wednesday nights due to snow and ice. We had originally planned to remain open for testing but as the weather worsened Tuesday afternoon, Read More...
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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...
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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...
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Resolve to Improve Sleep Field
January 2, 2014 10:47 AM by Penny Mehaffey
It's a cold rainy day here in Georgia. In fact it's downright dreary. Yet I must confess that I love this weather. It's perfect for self reflection, studying and making resolutions. I make several new resolutions every year, or more accurately I update Read More...
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The Best Blogs Make You Think
December 26, 2013 9:20 AM by Amy Reavis
Those who read my blog know I am an avid reader. I read books and I read articles but the best things I read are blogs by other people I admire. Why do I do this? One, they are short -- usually between 300 and 500 words. Two, they give me something that Read More...
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