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2020 Educational Symposium

The 13th Annual Educational Symposium to be held in San Diego on September 25-26, 2020, at the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station has been postponed due to COVID-19; however, a webinar format Symposium is currently slated for October 16-17, 2020, consisting of two half-days.

Circadian Issues in the Sleep Doctor’s Office

By: Andrew Binder, MD, FAASM, FCCP I love being a sleep doctor. I often introduce myself as a “recovering pulmonary and critical care doctor.”  One of the reasons I love being a sleep doctor is that I think it is one of the few things, in my advanced age, at which I...

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OSA and Physician’s Role in Weight Loss

By: Said Mostafavi, MD, FCCP, FAASM Like most sleep physicians, treating sleep-disordered breathing constitutes a large percentage of my practice. When it comes to treating obstructive sleep apnea, we thankfully have various treatment options available, some...

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Why You Should Attend the Sleep Conference this Year

By:  By Patrick Moday, BBA, RPSGT, RST, CCSH I started working in sleep clinical research while in college and would attend pharmaceutical conferences every 3-4 months. The meetings were about pharmaceutical medications for sleep-related conditions. There were cool...

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A Brief Overview on Sleep Health and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

By: Robyn Woidtke, RN, RPSGT Why should we care about and recognize polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) in sleep health?  This “very” brief overview is aimed to answer some of those questions.  Additionally, an objective would be to create an interest in reaching out...

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Irregular Sleep Pattern and Mood

By: Joshua Roland, MD, FAASM It is fairly intuitive that mood and sleep have a bidirectional relationship.  When we sleep poorly, we are more likely to not be in our best disposition and have a compromised emotional threshold the following day.  We also know anxiety,...

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A Sleep Tech’s Firsthand Experience with COVID

By: Edwin M. Valladares, MS, RPSGT, Manager, USC Sleep Disorders Center COVID-19 is an elusive buggee monster until it hits home. At the beginning of 2021 I contracted COVID-19. One day I felt like my lungs were slightly inflamed, like getting dust in your lungs and...

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The President’s Corner

By: Rafael Pelayo, MD, FAASM Dear California Sleep Society, I hope you are as safe and healthy as possible during this time.  It has become routine for the sleep professionals in our state to see patients via Zoom and to wear full PPE when working with patients in the...

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The AHI Challenge

By: Robyn Woidtke, MSN, RN, RPSGT, CCSH In 2017, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force stated that screening for sleep apnea is not recommended in symptomatic adults, including those with unrecognized symptom[1]. This is an interesting conundrum as many individuals...

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Taping Your Mouth Closed During Sleep; Is that a Good Idea?

By: William T. Hart, MD Many products are being sold over the counter  and are promoted to improve sleep. Recently I have noticed peddling of misinformation and potentially ineffective therapies are common on the internet.  One of these is selling mouth tape for...

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The Occasional Rough Night

The Occasional Rough Night

By: Sam A. Kashani, MD One of my favorite questions I am frequently asked by people is “what do you recommend I do if I’m just having a bad night?“ More specifically, I often encounter a solid sleeper who doesn’t necessarily have a chronic sleep difficulty but just...

A New Light at the End of the Idiopathic Hypersomnia Tunnel

A New Light at the End of the Idiopathic Hypersomnia Tunnel

By: Sam Kashani, MD, FAASM In August 2021, Jazz Pharmaceuticals announced the US FDA approval of Xywav for the treatment of idiopathic hypersomnia in adults. Xywav, an oral solution consisting primarily of oxybate (GHB), already has approval for the treatment of...

Circadian Issues in the Sleep Doctor’s Office

Circadian Issues in the Sleep Doctor’s Office

By: Andrew Binder, MD, FAASM, FCCP I love being a sleep doctor. I often introduce myself as a “recovering pulmonary and critical care doctor.”  One of the reasons I love being a sleep doctor is that I think it is one of the few things, in my advanced age, at which I...

OSA and Physician’s Role in Weight Loss

OSA and Physician’s Role in Weight Loss

By: Said Mostafavi, MD, FCCP, FAASM Like most sleep physicians, treating sleep-disordered breathing constitutes a large percentage of my practice. When it comes to treating obstructive sleep apnea, we thankfully have various treatment options available, some...

Philips Respironics Recall of PAP devices

Dear CSS Members: You may be aware of the Phillips recall of certain PAP devices.  We understand that this recall has placed a burden on sleep center staff and patients alike. From various sources, the CSS has gathered an array of information regarding the recall and...

SB-328 Passes the State Assembly Education Committee

On Wednesday, July 10, 2020, SB-328, authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino passed the State Assembly Education Committee.  SB-328 addresses the significant public health crisis of sleep-deprived teens by requiring high schools in California to start no earlier...

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