A Sleep Technologist is a trained allied health professional who works in a team under the supervision of a Sleep Specialist in order to help, educate, evaluate, treat and also follow up on sleep disorder in patients of all age groups. The sleep tech, an abbreviation for either technician or technologist, are a valuable member of integrated sleep care model care which includes pre-test evaluation, diagnostic testing, provision of care, follow-up, and long-term care.
“The sleep techs undergo thorough training in order to perform overnight studies called polysomnograms or even daytime studies like multiple sleep latency testing (MSLT)or maintenance of wakefulness testing (MWT) as well as other kinds of tests which help us in our attempts to diagnose and treat the sleep disorder” says Dr. Himanshu Garg, Sleep Specialist. The process of polysomnography commonly known as sleep study includes recording, monitoring, analyzing and scoring sleep study data.
In West Sleep Technologist is recognized and accredited as a separate allied health profession. The sleep medicine industry in India is rapidly expanding due to increase in public awareness on snoring and sleep apnea so many fresh graduates are choosing Sleep Technology as a career.
Sleep technologist – Indian Scenario
He or she has to be trained in the technology of sleep and all the relevant and important aspects of sleep medication as well. These have to conform to the current International Classification of Sleep Disorders. For getting such formal training to become a sleep technologist they can join sleep services like Sleep Cure Solutions which run specially designed training programs to help them learn the fundamentals of sleep science and technology as well as gain clinical experience in a sleep center. They need to then seek certification to demonstrate their professional ability and knowledge. Dr. Himanshu Garg, Director Sleep Cure Solutions suggests” The American Board of Sleep Medicine offers the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) designation an international degree, which you are eligible to test for after you meet both education and experience requirements. If the tech wants to stay and practice in India bodies like SEAASM, ISDA, ISSR also offer certification programs.”
Roles and Responsibilities of Sleep Technician
Sleep technologists can work in hospitals or sleep centers like Aviss Health or sleep Services like Sleep Cure Solutions. They can get positions with various DME (Durable Medical Equipment) providers, or in academic research settings, as well as non-facility settings and clinics of the sleep specialist. If you are interested in becoming a sleep tech you can contact Sleep Cure Solutions at www.sleepscoringsolution.com,call 9871162255 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is an important and satisfying career for those who have a passion for helping people to sleep better.
(Author: Dr Prerana Garg, Medical Director, Sleep Cure Solutions)
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