As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM
improves sleep health and promotes high quality, patient-centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research, and practice standards.
has recently concluded an exhaustive review of the literature regarding hypnotic medications for chronic insomnia.
advises caution when using prescription drugs off-label for insomnia (eg, antidepressants, antiepileptics, antipsychotics) and recommends avoiding them, if possible, because of limited evidence supporting their use.
Table 1: AASM
(American Academy of Sleep Medicine) Classification of Evidence (Based on Sackett system, (6) the criteria for grading evidence level of each study) Randomized well-designed trials with low alpha and beta error (Grade I) Randomized trials with high alpha and beta error (Grade II) Non-randomized concurrently controlled studies (Grade III) Non-randomized historically controlled studies (Grade IV) Case series (Grade V) (Alpha (Type I error) refers to the probability that the null hypothesis is rejected when in fact it is true (generally acceptable at 5% or less, or p<0.
Type 2 diabetics and people with hypertension are much more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea than other people, and as a result, should immediately discuss their risk for sleep apnea with a sleep specialist," AASM
Furthermore, laser guidance has improved the accuracy of the newest AASM
version to just one meter.
manual for scoring of sleep associated events: rules, terminology and technical specifications.
The new AASM
criteria for scoring hypopneas: impact on the apnea hypopnea index.
who is board certified in sleep medicine, a fellow of AASM
, Clinical Director of Kettering & Sycamore Sleep Center, and Research Associate Professor at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Ohio.
accreditation is the gold standard by which the medical community and the public can evaluate the services provided by a sleep center or laboratory.
Day Kimball Hospital is the only AASM
accredited sleep disorder center in Northeast Connecticut.
manual 2007for the scoring ofsleep and associated events.