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Goodbye, Good Night: A Fictional Sleep Mystery by Dr. Kent Smith

October 19, 2022

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If fiction is what you prefer when choosing your next book, you won’t want to miss the newest sleep mystery by Dr. Kent Smith titled, “Goodbye, Good Night.” With a focus on the complications and dangers of insomnia affecting those over the age of 50, and the seemingly formidable deaths occurring daily, this suspenseful thriller will keep readers engaged and eager to learn the source before time is up. Read on to learn more about his new book.


Establishing a Nightly Bedtime Routine

July 8, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — brianna bloom @ 12:28 pm
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Regardless of the time of year, maintaining a consistent bedtime routine optimizes not only your mental health but physical health as well.

While the summer months extend our days and winter brings longer nights, a well-maintained sleep-wake cycle will ensure we’re receiving the full amount of rest no matter how long or short each day. Without it, we run the risk of developing a plethora of health conditions, from high cholesterol to diabetes or exacerbating mental health ailments to disrupting our immune system’s ability to do its job (read the connection between COVID-19 and sleep disorders). For many, especially people already impacted by a sleep disorder, establishing and maintaining a sleep routine can be challenging. Here’s how the experts recommend getting starting and making your routine a habit:


8 Rules to Follow To Improve Sleep Health

June 30, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — brianna bloom @ 10:25 am
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Approximately 70 million people in the United States suffer from a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can stem from a variety of places: mental illness, body anatomy, health conditions, and living environment, just to name a few. Regardless of the source, managing a sleep disorder is essential to regaining control over one’s rest and overall health. 

While some sleep disorders do take professional intervention to treat, there are a handful of measures people can take to improve their rest. Here are eight of those measures that sleep doctors recommend everyone make a part of their sleep routine:


Why Sleep Studies are Important

June 1, 2022

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little boy with sleep study equipment on him

Did you know that sleep studies can be conducted at home? While some still imagine the uncomfortable process of laying in a doctor’s office or lab overnight, this is simply no longer the only option. Now, you can complete a sleep study in the comfort of your own home, in your own bed. Home sleep studies can effectively diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and, potentially, save a life from this harmful disease. 


What Insomnia Has to Do With the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 6, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — brianna bloom @ 11:40 am
woman suffering from insomnia with the clock

Two years ago, the world experienced the start of a global pandemic that affected every industry and every facet of our lives. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still ongoing with many people altered by the stress and trauma of these events. 

Have you experienced declining sleep health since the onset of the pandemic? In 2020, researchers began working to understand how this global event has altered the human psyche. Now, continuing research has revealed to us a concerning connection to sleep disorders, like insomnia.


Patient Story: Oscar Cano

April 21, 2022

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Like many others who find their way through Sleep Dallas’ doors, Oscar Cano found himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. Having gone through three CPAPs, Oscar still could not find relief: “I never could sleep with [CPAPs], very cumbersome and didn’t like using them.” 

Oscar didn’t believe he would ever find a successful therapy for his sleep apnea. A few years back, oral appliance therapy (OAT) had even been brought to his attention—but Oscar brushed it off, not wanting to sleep with a device in his mouth and worried it wouldn’t be covered by his medical insurance. Last year, that all changed.


Coronavirus Updates for Our Patients

March 21, 2022

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March 2022 Update

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In light of the most recent COVID-19 guideline updates for the Dallas-Forth Worth area, we have updated our mask policy for both of our office locations. We recommend all unvaccinated and high-risk visitors wear a mask in public spaces of our offices, but will no longer require mask-wearing. We encourage all of our patients and staff to continue to follow all CDC guidelines, including continuing to distance indoors where possible.
Your health & safety continues to be our priority. All public spaces are regularly disinfected and all Sleep Dallas staff members continue to take daily precautions. As always, if you experience any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or come into contact with an infected person, please reschedule.


5 Tips for Cleaning an Oral Appliance

March 8, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdallasnew @ 7:44 pm
toothbrush cleaning an oral appliance

Having an oral appliance to treat your obstructive sleep apnea will allow you to feel what it’s like to feel well-rested again.

Of course, like any other device that spends a lot of time in your mouth, sleep apnea oral appliances need to be kept clean to avoid serious oral health problems down the road. Follow these 5 essential tips for excellent appliance hygiene.


The Most Common Sleep Apnea Treatments

February 17, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — brianna bloom @ 9:25 am
man sleeping with a CPAP mask

It’s estimated that nearly 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80% of moderate-severe cases remaining undiagnosed. The most common form of sleep apnea is known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is characterized by a blockage or collapse of the airway, causing cessation of breathing for a short period of time during sleep. These cessations of breathing or “apneas” range from a few seconds up to several minutes and can occur up to 30 times per hour.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, frequent breaks in breathing, daytime sleepiness or fatigue, morning headaches, insomnia, depression, frequent nighttime urination, acid reflux, and uncharacteristic irritability.

OSA negatively impacts both the quantity and quality of sleep that you get, putting you at a higher risk for experiencing negative events like a car crash or developing a potentially life-threatening condition, such as diabetes or heart disease. These risks make it very important that those with sleep apnea get treated for their condition.


The Ideal Bedtime for Heart Health

February 1, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — brianna bloom @ 9:22 am
woman looking at her watch and getting ready for bed

Our hearts are our lifelines—quite literally. The heart ensures that our bodies receive oxygen and other nutrients that we need in order to survive. Without the heart, our vital organs—including the brain—don’t receive blood, which will cause them to stop working.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed by cancer and COVID-19. When talking about heart disease, it’s important to understand that heart disease simply refers to several different heart conditions. The most common type of heart disease is CAD (coronary artery disease). CAD most typically leads to heart attacks. 

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