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"FIGHTING THE CLOCK: How America's Sleep Deficit is Damaging Longterm Health"

March 6, 2012 2:00 pm -  3:00 pm



The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health Presentation, "FIGHTING THE CLOCK: How America's Sleep Deficit is Damaging Longterm Health"


EXPERT PARTICIPANTS


Charles Czeisler, Chief, Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital; Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Susan Redline, Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Programs in Sleep and Cardiovascular Medicine and Sleep Medicine Epidemiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

And other invited experts.

American society conspires against the need for sleep. Children set off for school before many workdays begin. Tough financial times push cash-strapped workers into seeking multiple jobs. Shift work conflicts with the body's natural clock. Hard-charging executives push themselves to work long hours. The cost is more than fatigue. Sleep deprivation has been associated with a myriad of health problems, including increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and depression. Cognitive abilities decline as people tire. Risky behavior, such as driving while deeply fatigued, can put others in harm's way. This Forum event -- held just days before the country will lose an hour of sleep due to daylight saving time -- will explore what we mean by "sleep deprivation," what happens in tired brains and bodies, what are the longterm health risks for children and adults, and what kinds of policies should be considered for schools and businesses to protect health. And a good night's sleep.

ASK THE EXPERT PARTICIPANTS


  • Tweet your questions using the hash tag #sleepforum 
  • E-mail theforum@hsph.harvard.edu  
  • Submit your questions to the Community Discussion page

PARTICIPATE DURING THE LIVE WEBCAST


Watch the live webcast and join the comments, which will be featured on The Forum's Fighting the Clock: How America's Sleep Deficit is Damaging Longterm Health web page.

We'll also be live-tweeting from @ForumHSPH.

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