APPROPRIATIONS BILLS BEING WRITTEN! ASK CONGRESS TO EXPAND FUNDING FOR SLEEP PROGRAMS AT THE CDC! Kudos to the The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) and member organizations of the National Sleep Awareness Roundtable (NSART). These groups are seeking ...

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  1. Sleep Programs at the CDC...
  2. Terry M. Brown, DO, ABSM, Puts Positive Spin on Clinton Nap Media Fiasco
  3. The Year-End CEU Scramble!
  4. CEU Webinars- Live or On-Demand
  5. Current Concepts of Sleep 2007 A Great Success
  6. More Recent Articles

Sleep Programs at the CDC...


Kudos to the The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) and member organizations of the National Sleep Awareness Roundtable (NSART). These groups are seeking expanded funding for sleep activities at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and your help is appreciated. This funding will allow the CDC to improve population data collection activities, create education materials for public health professionals, create public health interventions, and establish fellowship opportunities for promising researchers.

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have indicated that they will be issuing their health funding bills by mid-June. Help save lives today by contacting Congress to request increased funding for sleep and sleep disorders at the CDC! Visit NSF’s Advocacy Action Center to call or e-mail Congress today!

Be well...Sleep well,

Terry M. Brown, DO, ABSM, Puts Positive Spin on Clinton Nap Media Fiasco

There must not have been anything sensational going on with Paris or Brittney earlier this week. I was most pleased to see a board-certified sleep specialist weigh in with a scientific explanation regarding the recent Bill Clinton nap that was followed by a mainstream media fiasco.

The former president participated in tribute services at Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem, New York to honor slain Civil Rights Leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday. News outlets appeared to go after the human frailties of the former president with even more gusto than usual -- except for the Monica Lewinsky scandal, of course. Internet video outlets reported that the Clinton microsleeps incident was viewed by an estimated half million people worldwide within 12 hours of the Dr. King tribute. Dr. King’s son, Martin Luther King III delivered a speech about his father as Clinton fought sleep.

Kudos to Terry M. Brown, DO for being the voice of reason as he commented in a news clip that appeared on WSIL-TV this week. The station’s viewing area encompasses Southern Illinois. Dr. Brown is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) and medical director at the Sleep Disorders Center at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro, Illinois.

Dr. Brown told reporters,

“If you don't get enough sleep, it could lead to an accident, embarrassing situations. Your cognitive functions are diminished. It's one of those things that may worsen your health in the long run...If you know you've been sleep deprived, you can take a short, preventative nap. Then you'd be more ready for a meeting. More able to stay awake. There are some studies that show cognitive function improves after a nap, almost as much as a full night's sleep."Dr. Brown also advises that individuals will know when they are sleep deprived because cognitive function is slower, and they might get the urge to take unintentional naps.

Likely, the former president is fatigued from sleep deprivation due to the rigorus schedule he keeps supporting his wife Hilary on the presidential campaign trail. Other celebrity sensationalisms have clearly taken the place of the Clinton nap story, and it is unlikely that his very public nap will weaken his standing or wound Hillary’s campaign in the least. Some politial rhetoric watchers theorize that Clinton’s human slip gained even more favor with supporters as they may ask, 'who among us has not fought the same fight (sleep) and lost'.
How can the Sleep Community advocate for napping in the frenzy of this non-stop world? I guess it all boils down to our clinical professionals taking the high road and carrying the positive nap message forward through interviews -- such as Dr. Brown did – stating that napping is not a crime. In the words of William Anthony, author of The Art of Napping, “Nappers are never caught napping, because there is no crime to catch. Nappers are merely seen napping.”

As we begin to gear up for National Sleep Awareness Week, it would be responsible of us to also give our attention and support to National Napping Day on March 10, the first Monday after the beginning of daylight savings time.

Be well, Sleep well,

The Year-End CEU Scramble!


I've heard from many of you that are unable to travel to conferences before the end of the year who are also looking for solutions to obtaining CEUs to maintain credentialing. Here is an offering that might help you.

The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine is hosting a a webinar module that consists of five special, training topics that will provide you with the CEUs required to fulfill the yearly BRPT re-certification requirement. You can access the webinars beginning November 15th. They will continue to be available to you until you complete the topics. With the webinars archived, each topic is presented to you at your convenience by a nationally known sleep technology instructor.

Topics Include:
  • New Scoring Rules for the Experienced Technologist
  • Managing Diversity in Sleep Lab Personnel
  • Health Literacy: Educating the Patient with Sleep Abnormalities
  • Adding Research to your Resume
  • Is Pediatrics Right for your Adult Sleep Lab?

You can register at:

For more information, Email
or call 678-651-2000.

Be well-Sleep well,

CEU Webinars- Live or On-Demand

No Cost CEU Webinars by DeVilbiss Healthcare Education Department

Worth 1 Credit Each
Audience: Sleep Technologists and Respiratory Therapists

DeVilbiss Healthhcare has positioned itself as a leader in providing complimentary continuing education lectures for clinical professionals in the field so individuals may meet their CEU requirements. Webinars from help you keep your professional education and certifications up-to-date easily, and at no cost. We offer a variety of clinically-relevant topics as both live and on-demand courses. This means you can access CEU courses from the comfort of your home or office. Two types of Webinars are offered: Live and On-Demand

“Research Review: Clinical Management of Poor Adherence to CPAP”
Wednesday, September 19, 2007 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

This Webinar will focus on advances in research regarding the consequences of sleep apnea and methods to improve adherence to treatment. It examines medical and psychological consequences of sleep apnea and non-restorative sleep. Some of these studies also utilize behavioral methods, based on psychological theories of behavior change, in an attempt to enhance treatment adherence in newly diagnosed patients with sleep apnea syndrome.

Meet Your Sleep Technologist CEU Requirements From Home or Office. To pre-register for the live Sleep Webinars, go to

Other Sleep Topics in On-Demand Archives available for 1 CEU Credit each:

Audience: Sleep Technologists & Respiratory Therapists
* “How to Start an OSA Patient Education Program in Your Sleep Lab”
* “Latest Findings on CPAP’s Impact on Strokes, Diabetes, Parasomnias & Impotence”
* “Research Review: Clinical Management of Poor Adherence to CPAP” (Available On- Demand after Sept. 19, 2007)

Respiratory Category Topic Areas for Live Webinars Include:

Audience: Respiratory Therapists
*“Asthma Healthy Home Guidance for Your Patients and Their Families”
Wednesday, September 19, 2007 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

This Webinar will discuss how to identify environmental asthma triggers and biological pollutants in the home. You will learn how to help your patients and their caregivers locate pollutants and minimize allergens. Additionally, nebulizer cleaning and compressor filter replacement will be covered.

Respiratory On-Demand Archives:
* “Practical Aspects of Oxygen Conserving Devices” “Ambulatory Oxygen via Transfilling Technology According to GOLD and LTOT”
* “Tips and Techniques for Helping Your Patients Live With Supplemental O2”
* “Economic and Therapeutic Factors Driving Home Oxygen Technology” (delivered in two-parts)
* “Striking GOLD in the Home Care Market”
* “Advances in Compressor Nebulizer Technology”
* “Asthma Healthy Home Guidance for Your Patients and Their Families” (Available On-Demand after Sept. 19, 2007)

For more information, contact Theresa Shumard, Sleep Advocate & Manager of Clinical Services & Education for DeVilbiss at theresa.shumard AT devilbissHC dot com (email address spelled this way here to avoid spam-bot intrusions. Please use standard email format for contacting Theresa by using the @ sign for "AT" and . for the "DOT" as listed above).


Current Concepts of Sleep 2007 A Great Success

More than 500 attendees are participating in the Current Concepts of Sleep 2007 Conference this weekend in Tampa, FL. The event is being held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina. The organization of this conference is hard to beat. I don't think I've ever seen a better run conference and the site is perfect. Kudos to organizers, longtime sleep professionals, Janice East and David Gregory and their respective staffs for a job well done.

The annual event is sponsored by area hospitals: Morton Plant Mease Health Care, St. Anthony's Health Care, All Children's Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, and University Community Hospital.

This symposium is aimed at advancing an interdisciplinary understanding of sleep-related medical disorders. Information on advanced laboratory techniques is provided to the sleep technologists and updated diagnostic tools will be presented to practitioners. The latest information in pediatric, adolescent, and adult sleep disorders is being discussed. Separate tracks are provided for the Sleep Clinician, Sleep Technologists and Therapists, and Primary Care Providers. The primary focus of the speakers within each track is to address the individual needs of the attendees so they can integrate new concepts into their practices. Individuals will be able to attend sessions from any of the tracks as space allows. There is a fourth track designed for Educators including School Psychologists and Nurse Practitioners.

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