Health Watch - Sleep: Studying Sleep

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It’s the time of year when some animals hibernate for months. But many humans struggle with just sleeping through the night. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about how sleep may be disrupted and what you can do about it.

Sleep disorders can have a serious impact on people’s lives. Dr. Nilesh Dave, medical director of the Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says sleep disorders not only affect a person’s performance at work or school, but they can also affect a person’s health. To diagnose sleep disorders, doctors may observe patients in a sleep lab, where they monitor brain waves, breathing, heart rate, muscle tension and other factors. This allows doctors to rule out possible causes and hone in on a diagnosis so the sleep disorder can be treated. 

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/sleep to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in sleep and breathing disorders.

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January 2009

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