Welcome to Sleep Educators!
Who is Glenn Roldan? Glenn Roldan is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, #450, January 1990,), Registered Sleep Technologist (American Board of Sleep Medicine, #319, August 2011), Clinical Sleep Educator (Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, September 2012) and Certified Clinical Sleep Health (Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, #2, May 2014). He has over 26 years of experience in Polysomnographic Technology.
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Hello and thank you for visiting my website! Sleep Educators is composed of a group clinical polysomnographers (sleep experts) who provide talks and seminars on Sleep Disorders. We can cover everything from the basics of Clinical Polysomnography in adults and children to topics such as Insomnia, Sleep Apnea/Sleep Related Breathing Disorders, Sleep Related Movement Disorders, Parasomnias, Hypersomnolence (i.e., Narcolepsy), and Circadian Rhythm Disorders such as Delayed and Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome, Jet-Lag Syndrome, and Shift-Work.
Courses are taught in a personal and relaxed environment where students are encouraged to participate in active discussions and hands-on demonstrations. Student to Instructor interactions are always encouraged to test knowledge and answer questions without the fear of being ridiculed or embarrassed.
Unlike some courses where all you hear are lectures, Sleep Educators encourages students to participate in the International 10-20 Electrode Placement System for Sleep, applying all of the basic EEG, EOG, EMG, EKG, airflow and respiratory channels as well as oximetry. Mock sleep study sessions are performed on each other without the fear of botching things up. We encourage all students to serve as mock patients so that they can relate to how their potential patients feel and experience when undergoing a polysomnogram (sleep study).
All aspects of a Sleep Technologist (also known as a Polysomnographic Technologist) will be covered during the introductory course to Polysomnographic Technology (SE-101). Students will also know the very basics and mechanics of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BPAP), Auto-CPAP (APAP), and Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV). Proper titration (pressure increases) will be covered as well as mask-fitting sessions. Students will also learn the methodology for performing a Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) and Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) and know when to perform these tests. Mathematical computations for generating a Polysomnographic Report will be covered such as calculating the various latencies: sleep and REM latencies; indices: Apnea/Hypopnea Index (AHI), Respiratory Disturbance Index (RDI), Periodic Limb Movement Index, and Arousal Index; percentages: Sleep Efficiency, sleep stage percentages, amongst other important mathematical formulas.
The two day scoring course (SE-102) is geared towards the experienced Polysomnographic Technologist who wants to broaden their horizons and expand their knowledge base to Polysomnographic scoring. In this course you will learn the AASM scoring rules and techniques for scoring sleep studies. This is NOT a boot-camp where you will be told what to do with no-questions asked. Students are encouraged to ask questions with respect to scoring. Inter-rater scoring reliability is immediately provided after scoring a study. Actual polysomnograms will be scored. Students will be actively reviewing a sleep study, scoring it, generating a report, and providing feedback/impressions of what they saw on the tracing. During this course, there is generally a 1:2 instructor to student ratio for personalized and individualized attention.
My one day registry review course (SE-103) as the course description states, is geared towards the registry-eligible Polysomnographic technologist. An overview of the basics of sleep technology will be covered. Some registry-eligible techs try to attend this review course 1-3 months prior to their proposed board exam.