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Brain; Mental Health; Prevention

6 tech tips to get a better night's sleep

We know that smartphone use before bed disrupts our sleeping habits. But it’s impractical today to say mobile devices should be banned from the bedroom. Natalia S. David, PsyD., discusses how technology can promote better sleep – rather than hinder it.

Brain; Prevention

Insomnia: Don’t lose sleep over it

A little-known treatment for chronic insomnia offers longer-lasting benefits than medication or sleep hygiene techniques. Cognitive behavioral therapy focusing on insomnia (CBT-I) involves personalized care and group-based therapy. Learn more.

Brain

Sleep and your mental health

Sleep disorders have a “circular relationship” with such mental illnesses as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, which UTSW’s Imran Khawaja, M.D., says can make treatment challenging but not impossible.

Brain

Sleep disorders and mental illness go hand in hand

Dr. Khawaja discusses the relationship between sleep and mental illness, as well as treatments to help patients maintain healthy sleep habits.

Heart

How a sleep apnea implant may lower your heart disease risk

Sleep apnea can raise the risk for heart disease. A new surgical implant may reduce that risk and treat sleep apnea without CPAP masks and hoses.

Brain

A look at how ‘sleep genes’ may affect our circadian rhythms

A study about “sleep genes” in mice might explain why we need sleep, and how we may be able to treat sleep disorders in the future.

Prevention

Get more sleep with good sleep hygiene

A third of Dallas-Fort Worth residents don’t get enough sleep, putting their health at risk. How a few simple lifestyle changes can get you a few more Zs.

Heart

To sleep, perchance to lower your heart disease risk

Can a good night’s sleep lower heart disease risk? Dr. Hill explains why sleep deprivation hurts the heart.