Free Member CECs - AAST Learning Modules

AAST members can earn 2.00 CECs per month by viewing free educational presentations geared towards sleep technologists and sleep center managers. Access this page using your login to view the newest Case of the Month and Journal Club Online Learning Modules free of charge as a benefit of AAST membership. Each module must be completed by the end of the month to claim CECs for the activity. New Case of the Month and Journal Club modules will be available on the first of every month.

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Case of the Month #16: Periodic Respiratory Events

CEC Credits: 1.00

Category: Case of the Month

Free for members until 1/31/2017 11:59 PM

Discussion of a patient with periodic respiratory events, who has loud snoring, witnessed apnea and daytime sleepiness. A diagnostic sleep study shows periodic crescendo-decrescendo breathing. However, virtually all of the events are at least partly obstructive and Cheyne-Stokes breathing pattern cannot be scored. This module discusses the treatment options for this patient and the practice parameter on treatment of central apnea.

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Journal Club #45: Sleep in Pre-Industrial Societies

CEC Credits: 1.00

Category: Journal Club

Free for members until 1/31/2017 11:59 PM

Are we a chronically sleep-deprived species? And can we lay the blame firmly at the feet of Thomas Edison, creator of the light bulb? A study of “pre-industrial” societies who do not have electricity or light bulbs seems to shed some doubt on this long held belief. Actigraphic studies of sleep time and duration in these societies finds that they are not tied to light and dark and have sleep times like those in industrialized societies. If Edison is off the hook, can we blame someone else for our crankiness and irritability? This discussion explores how much sleep we need and whether the pressures of our society have turned us into debtors at the sleep bank. 

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