Department of Psychology

Wanted: Tips for a good night's sleep
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Fri, Mar 24, 2017

By Leslie Barker

DALLAS — Tony Reed believes in the power of sleep. He cherishes his nightly eight hours; hardly ever has trouble achieving them.

"It's rare, very rare, when I have problems falling asleep," says Reed, 61, a Dallas business manager, professional speaker and marathon runner.

But when that does happen, he's ready.

"What I do is to focus on the most peaceful time I ever had in my life," he says. "For me, that was being on a camping trip for a week, just sleeping in tents and just really enjoying everything. We were only 15 or 16, had our whole lives ahead of us, and we would just go...

Tips for a good night's sleep: Focus on good times, breathe deeply, get a foot massage
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Sat, Jan 21, 2017

By Leslie Barker

Tony Reed believes in the power of sleep. He cherishes his nightly eight hours; hardly ever has trouble achieving them.

"It's rare, very rare, when I have problems falling asleep," says Reed, 61, a Dallas business manager, professional speaker and marathon runner. 

But when that does happen, he's ready.

"What I do is to focus on the most peaceful time I ever had in my life," he says. "For me, that was being on a camping trip for a week, just sleeping in tents and just really enjoying everything. We were only 15 or 16, had our whole lives ahead of us, and we would just go on hikes...

Study to see how sleep impacts immune system
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Tue, Jan 10, 2017 - 9:51pm

Two psychologists will research if sleep patterns stress the immune system to the point that a lack of sleep will lead to a less effective response to the flu vaccine.

Daniel Taylor and Kimberly Kelly received a $2.2 million research grant from the National Institute of Health to study the flu vaccine effectiveness in nurses over three years.

A group of 400 nurses from Medical City Denton, formerly known as Denton Regional Medical Center, will be monitored for one week before and one week after receiving their flu shots. Their blood levels will be monitored for antibody levels, and they’ll complete two surveys a day...

How to handle with the after-school meltdown
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8 surprising health advantages you have as a morning person
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by Lauren Gelman

Whether you are or not, your body was designed to make you a morning person.

Atlanta-based psychiatrist Tracey Marks, author of Master Your Sleep, told USNews.com, “We are supposed to be awake when it's light outside and asleep when it’s dark outside.” Not an early bird? Your chronotype—what time you're active—is determined in large part by your genes, but it can be influenced. Read on to see all the benefits. (Note: It's fine if you can’t force change, according to sleep medicine expert and psychologist Michael Breus, who...