Trained in sleep technology and relevant aspects of sleep medicine, sleep technologists assist in the evaluation and follow-up care of patients with sleep disorders as identified in the current International Classification of Sleep Disorders. Sleep Technology is recognized as a separate and distinct allied health profession.
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Polysomnography is a study of sleep cycles and behavior, usually done overnight in
a sleep center. This study involves observing a person at sleep while continuously
charting brain waves, muscle activity, breathing, eye movements, and heart rhythms.
This study allows doctors to track the different stages of sleep, called nonrapid
eye movement (NREM) sleep and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is associated
with dreaming. The test can track other characteristics of sleep, such as the number
of times the patient awakens. It can also evaluate any abnormal sleeping behaviors,
such as sleepwalking or nightmares. In addition, the study can evaluate sleeping disorders.
A sleep study may also be done to help set up treatment for sleep-related breathing
disorders or to show why a treatment is not working.
Polysomnography technologists, or sleep lab technologists, measure and collect brain waves, breathing patterns and limb movement to help diagnose patients’ sleep disorders. By applying non-invasive monitoring equipment, the sleep technologist simultaneously monitors electroencephalography, electrooculography, electromyography, electrocardiography, multiple breathing variables and blood oxygen levels during sleep. Technologists provide supportive services related to the ongoing treatment of sleep-related problems.
The Polysomnography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (COAPSG).
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