Sleep Technologist Appreciation Week

mast_patients_visitors_imgThis week is Sleep Technologist Appreciation Week.  Noran Neurological Clinic has several wonderful sleep staff working at both our Blaine and Minneapolis Sleep Centers, and we’d like to take a moment to thank them for the fantastic job they do!


If you have had a sleep study with our office, you already know how important they are to making your stay and study as comfortable as possible.  The sleep techs are with you through your study from start to finish, beginning with settling you into your room.  They are trained in the clinical evaluation, physiological monitoring, education, and treatment of sleep disorders, and work closely under the supervision of sleep specialized physicians who will evaluate your study to diagnose and treat you.  Sleep technologists/technicians really work as the eyes and ears of the sleep doctor throughout your study.

The American Association of Sleep Technologists sums it up well:

Credentialed by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists or the National Board for Respiratory Care, sleep technologists assist sleep specialists in the clinical assessment, physiological monitoring and testing, diagnosis, management, and prevention of sleep related disorders with the use of various diagnostic and therapeutic tools providing care to patients of all ages.

…These professionals are specially trained to perform polysomnography and other tests used by a physician to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.

…Polysomnography includes the process of analyzing, monitoring, and recording physiologic data during sleep and wakefulness. This includes providing polysomnography services that are safe, aseptic, preventive, and restorative, applying the use of techniques, equipment, and procedures involved in the evaluation of polysomnography for the treatment of sleep disorders that are offered during the staging, execution of and scoring of a sleep study. These procedures include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementation of a written or verbal order from a licensed physician that requires the practice of polysomnography, including Out of Center Sleep Testing (OCST)

  • Positive airway pressure titration on spontaneously breathing patients

  • Supplemental low flow oxygen therapy during polysomnogram (up to six (6) liters per minute)

  • Capnography during polysomnogram

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

  • Pulse oximetry

  • pH probe placement and monitoring

  • Esophageal pressure

  • Sleep staging, including surface lectroencephalography, surface electrooculography, and surface submental electromyography

  • Surface electromyography of arms and legs

  • Electrocardiography

  • Respiratory effort monitoring including thoracic and abdominal signals

  • Plethysmography blood flow

  • Nasal and oral airflow monitoring

  • Body temperature monitoring

  • Audio/video monitoring of movement and behavior during sleep

  • Monitoring positive airway pressure modalities used to treat sleep related breathing disorders, including the effect on sleep patterns, provided that the device does not extend into the trachea

  • Monitoring the effects on sleep patterns of an oral appliance that does not extend into the trachea and that is used to treat sleep apnea

  • Analyzing and scoring data that may be used by a licensed physician in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep and wake disorders that result from developmental defects, the aging process, physical injury, disease, or actual or anticipated somatic dysfunction

  • Observing and monitoring physical signs and symptoms, general behavior, and general physical response to polysomnographic evaluation

For the full explanation of what a sleep technologist does and what training is required, you can visit the American Association of Sleep Technologists website at:

In the meantime, if you happen to have a sleep study scheduled for this week, be sure to show your appreciation for the wonderful work they are doing!

AASM logo


For more information on Noran Neurological Clinic’s Sleep Centers, call our appointment line at 612-879-1500, or visit our Sleep page at: collage

Be Sociable, Share!
This entry was posted in Sleep Conditions, Sleep Conditions. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *