Talking Sleep – An AASM Podcast

The field of sleep medicine is always evolving. Listen to Talking Sleep, a podcast of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), to keep up on the latest developments in the practice of clinical sleep medicine. Season two is now playing, and you can listen to the archived episodes from season one.

Discussions take an in-depth look at issues impacting the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Episodes feature conversations with physicians, researchers, sleep team members and other health care experts working to help us sleep well so we can live well.

We’d love to hear from you. Send your feedback and suggestions for Talking Sleep topics and guests to podcast@aasm.org.

Season Two

Episode 6:

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Central Sleep Apnea

This episode of Talking Sleep features Dr. Rami Khayat, a leading research into central sleep apnea. Dr. Khayat discusses the challenges in scoring, diagnosing and treating CSA and why it’s important to test for it in heart failure patients. He also describes a current clinical trial studying the impact of low-flow oxygen on patients with CSA and heart failure.

Episode 5:

Understanding Sleep Health Disparities

Race and place have far-reaching consequences for sleep health. In this episode of Talking Sleep, Dr. Dayna Johnson, a sleep epidemiologist at Emory University, explains her research into the social and environmental factors that contribute to sleep health disparities as well as the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minorities. She also discusses how the sleep medicine community can take action to improve health equity, raise awareness of sleep benefits and improve access to care.

Episode 4:

Time’s Up! The Call to End Daylight Saving Time

Energy conservation and candy consumption are just two reasons the U.S. has implemented or extended daylight saving time. But evidence shows the twice-yearly time change has detrimental effects on our health and safety, especially when we “spring forward.” In this episode of Talking Sleep, we talk with Dr. M. Adeel Rishi, vice-chair of the AASM Public Safety Committee and lead author of the Academy’s position statement calling for the elimination of daylight saving time to learn why “falling back” to permanent standard time is best for optimal health.

Episode 3:

Fresh AIRE: Advancing Innovation in Sleep Medicine Training

The AIRE program is a new approach to offering fellowships in sleep medicine using a competency-based curriculum and uniform evaluation tools. In this episode of Talking Sleep, we discuss the AIRE program with several guests, including program directors and fellows. Participants in the AIRE fellowship can complete their sleep training as part of a blended or part-time program, with the goal of increasing the number of sleep specialists.

Episode 2:

AASM Sleep Scoring Manual Updates

Updated in early 2020, the AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events is the definitive resource for the evaluation of sleep tests. In this episode of Talking Sleep, our correspondent Dr. Robert Vorona talks with Drs. Richard Berry and Stuart Quan of the AASM Scoring Manual Committee for insight into some of the changes.

Episode 1:

Keeping Watch: Sleep in the Military

In our season 2 debut, we talk with Dr. Nita Shattuck, professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and leader of the NPS Crew Endurance Team, which promotes sleep as a key element to naval readiness. Dr. Shattuck’s Virtual SLEEP 2020 presentation on sleep-related challenges in the military was one of the meeting’s most popular lectures. In this episode of Talking Sleep, Dr. Shattuck shares how evidence and data led to broad changes in naval policy.

Season One

Season One of Talking Sleep includes conversations about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sleep practices and our sleep health, and the AASM Education Committee talks to leading researchers about current clinical topics, including BPAP titration, refractory RLS and the evidence, or lack thereof, for the use of medical marijuana in treating sleep disorders

In the debut episode of Talking Sleep, we sit down with Dr. Chris Winter, a sleep physician in Charlottesville, Virginia, to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting his practice and what it could mean for the future of sleep medicine.

We’ll talk with Dr. John Winkelman, chief of the Sleep Disorders Clinical Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and an expert in the epidemiology, physiology, cardiovascular consequences and treatment of restless legs syndrome.

Dr. Lisa Wolfe, a nationally recognized authority in non-invasive mechanical ventilation discusses the pros and cons of empiric and in-lab bilevel titration therapy.

Is there evidence that medical marijuana is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea? Find out when we talk to Dr. Bhanu Kolla, an addiction psychiatrist and sleep physician who studies the interaction between sleep disturbances and addictive disorders.

In this episode of Talking Sleep we dig deep with Dr. Frances Chung, one of the authors of a landmark study examining the relationship between undiagnosed OSA and cardiovascular complications after non-cardiac surgery. Dr. Chung is a professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Toronto and developer of the STOP-BANG questionnaire.

The pandemic has disrupted sleep and school schedules for children. In this episode, we talk with pediatric sleep specialist Dr. Dominic Gault about managing kids and sleep in the current environment and preparing for the return to school, whether it’s in-person or remote learning.

We’re encountering many patients who are having trouble sleeping during the pandemic. In this episode of Talking Sleep, we discuss some of the causes and treatments for insomnia. Psychologist Dr. Barbara McCann uses a variety of techniques to help her patients address their restless nights.

Our Host

Seema Khosla, MD, is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. She works in Fargo, North Dakota, where she is the medical director of the North Dakota Center for Sleep.

Dr. Khosla is chair of the AASM Public Awareness Advisory Committee. She previously served on the AASM Task Force on Sleep Telemedicine, which developed a position paper for the use of telemedicine for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, and chaired the AASM Consumer and Clinical Technology Committee, which developed a position statement on the use of consumer sleep technology in clinical practice. Dr. Khosla also was co-chair of the AASM Sleep Medicine Trends course.

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