Marietta Bibbs: Black History Month Sleep Leaders Part 5

To celebrate Black History Month, Project Sleep is honored to highlight incredible accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans from across the sleep field—from scientists to advocates. Please join us in celebrating Black excellence by spreading the word about these sleep community leaders!

Meet Marietta Bibbs!

Marietta Bibbs, RPSGT is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist, a certified Clinical Sleep Educator, and long-standing leader in the sleep disorders technology field. She is the System Manager of Sleep Disorders and Clinical Research Coordinator for BayCare Health System in Clearwater, FL. Over her over expansive career, she has trained and mentored countless sleep technologists, as well as sleep fellows and young physicians from around the world.

Bibbs began her career at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Houston, TX. (Bibbs is a US Air Force Veteran herself.) During her 25+ years there, she worked intimately with clinical sleep research pioneers who were instrumental in publishing much of the data, like normal sleep values, that professionals still use today. In 2009, she joined BayCare, where she used her rich research experience to bring its sleep center its first clinical trial.

Bibbs has dedicated herself to inspiring other sleep technicians to see sleep technology as not merely a job but as a career. She emphasizes training and continued education—and her influence is far-reaching.

She started one of the first certified sleep technician training programs in Florida and the first regional educational meeting for sleep technologists (The SE/SW Regional Meeting). She’s presented on sleep technology and education worldwide and published over 170 publications and presentations on sleep disorders. She served as President of the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and 2 terms as Director-at-Large of the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST). She also coordinates the annual Southern Sleep Society conference.

Bibbs was only the 29th person and the first Black technologist to achieve credentials in sleep technology. Since the first credentialing exam in 1979, there have been over 22,000 RPSGTs in the US, Canada, and 32 countries abroad. Bibbs continues to see the field grow, predicting an even bigger need for technology—from telemedicine to greater footprints on social media platforms—in sleep disorder patient care.

I am hopeful that patients will become more engaged in their care and realize that sleep is as important as eating and exercising in prevention of disease,” she told the AASM here.

Project Sleep is honored to celebrate Black excellence in the sleep community this month. However, we know this is not only a time for recognition but also an opportunity to reflect on progress yet to be made and to reaffirm our commitment to social justice and equity. Please stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to contact your Members of Congress to help advance our sleep health disparities policy recommendations.

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  • Walter & Patsy Pitts
    February 21, 2021 9:34 am

    Congratulations! And thanks for all your hard work. God Bless 🙌

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  • Awesome 👏🏿

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  • This is an outstanding article detailing Ms.Bibbs’ journey as a pioneer in the sleep industry. She has always been passionate about this work and continues to hone her skills as she leads the way with excellence and dedication. Congrats 🎈🎊🎉

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  • Well deserved recognition for a lifetime of contributions.

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  • Lisa Bellamy Foster
    February 21, 2021 3:19 pm

    Congratulations Marietta on your dedicatied service in advancing the work of better sleep. Your long obedience in one direction has yielded great rewards. Very proud of you!

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  • Congratulation! Marietta has always been a leader in her field and continue to in exhibit impeccable character.

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  • Congratulation! Great job! Marrietta is very dedicated to her profession. She continues to be a beacon of lights to others.

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  • Very nice summary of your career Marietta! You have been a trailblazer and ambassador for the sleep profession. Thank you for all you have done and for all of sleep professionals you have trained!

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  • Aldino Gonzales
    March 14, 2021 6:08 pm

    Impressive!

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