News & Announcements

Announcement

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

March 6, 2012



Now available to watch online:

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

Lucian Leape, Chair, Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation, and Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Harvard School of Public Health

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


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 the start of daylight saving time 2012 -- explores 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.

Site Map | Contact Us | © 2017 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College