Daylight Savings Brings to Light Sleep Awareness Week

 Published: March 4, 2021

By: Addie Schiefer

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Daylight savings time starts on Sunday, March 14 and that means RTs and everyone else will be losing a precious hour of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation uses this annual rite of passage to draw attention to sleep-related issues through its Sleep Awareness Week.

Sleep Awareness Week 2021 is March 14-20, a week long celebration centered around sleep health. This week was created in 1998 to help promote healthy sleep patterns and routines. This week is the perfect time to thank our sleep RTs and for them to encourage their patients further.

AARC Resources for the Sleep RT

The AARC has lots of great resources to help. Here are just a few:

Clinical Practice Guideline on Polysomnography: Developed in conjunction with the Association of Polysomnography Technologists, this can help guide practice in our facilities.

Sleep Disorders Specialty Examination: The NBRC launched a specialty examination for respiratory therapists performing sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention. By earning the “SDS” you’ll be demonstrating your expanded skill set to your facility.

If you work in the exciting specialty of sleep, please join the AARC Sleep Section today and join us as we work to ensure more people with undiagnosed sleep disorders get the testing and treatment they need to get a good night’s rest.

Join the Sleep Section

For Current Sleep Section Members

Already a member of our Sleep Section? We’re asking all our Sleep Section members to use this opportunity to get more involved in our AARConnect discussions. A recent discussion was started on what RTs are doing during Sleep Week, and we’d love to hear your feedback.

Join the Sleep Section Conversation

Email newsroom@aarc.org with questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

Addie Schiefer

Addie Schiefer is the Communications Specialist for the AARC where she creates engaging content for the association via the AARC website, newsletters, and social media. Connect with her about potential stories on LinkedIn. When she’s not working, you can find her listening to a true crime podcast, traveling to new places with her husband, hanging out with her dog JoJo, or browsing the aisles of the nearest Target.

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