Dream Team: Brigham Sleep Experts Target Employee Wellness
Originally launched 15 years ago as a nationwide study of first responders, the SHAW Program comes home to the Brigham this year as a free service for faculty, staff and trainees. Building on a strong research foundation laid out by Brigham investigators, the program seeks to change the culture of sleep and improve health, safety, performance and well-being for employees at the Brigham and beyond.
Brigham Clinical & Research News
Sleep Matters: Sleep Health and Wellness Program Comes Home to the Brigham
“When you change the culture of sleep, it can make an extraordinary difference in people’s lives,” said Czeisler.
How Blue Light Affects Your Sleep
Will glasses that block it help you sleep? It depends.
The Harvard Crimson
Sleep 101 and Sleep Matters Initiative Promote Health Sleep Patterns
Programs like the Sleep 101 training module — which was made mandatory for the Harvard Class of 2022 — and the Sleep Matters Initiative are sparking conversations about the sleep habits of undergraduates and shedding light on why researchers believe sleep should be prioritized on college campuses.
Managing Sleep, Health & Safety for Firefighters
Dr. Charles Czeisler, Dr. Laura Barger and Conor O'Brien, of the Sleep Matters Initiative at Brigham and Women's Hospital, review an approach for sleep health education and a sleep disorders screening program and how one program worked for the Orange County, FL, Fire Rescue.
The Boston Globe
Sleep, the final frontier: This guy studies it. Here’s what he has to say.
Charles Czeisler, MD, PhD discusses the epidemic of sleep deficiency in our society and the effects of light exposure on sleep.
The Harvard Gazette
Countering college’s culture of sleeplessness
The Sleep Matters Initiative brings "Sleep 101" to the Harvard University Class of 2022 - an interactive online module which educates students on the importance of sleep health.
Less sleep associated with risky behavior in teens, study says
Matthew Weaver, PhD, of the Sleep Matters Initiative, speaks with CNN about his study on the association between insufficient sleep and risky behavior in teens.
Dr. Charles Czeisler explains the impact of sleep on brain function and physical health. During sleep, the brain is flushed of toxins and learning experiences are consolidated. Inadequate sleep can impair physical health including a dampening of the immune response, disruption in hormones that regulate weight, reduction in the effectiveness of insulin metabolism and an increased risk for calcification of the arteries. Dr. Czeisler also describes how artificial light exposure can cause our circadian rhythms to be disrupted resulting in shortened sleep cycles or insomnia.
Are you in need of more sleep? Harvard sleep expert Dr. Charles Czeisler weighs in with tips and tricks on how to get a better night's rest.
Sleep deficiency and circadian disruption are endemic in our 24/7 society. Both are particularly prevalent on college campuses, where caffeine-laced energy drinks and amphetamine-based prescription pharmaceuticals are routinely used as performance-enhancing study drugs. Artificial light exposure plays a central role in precipitating sleep deficiency and circadian disruption. Energy efficient solid-state LED lighting, which is typically rich in short-wavelength blue light, will likely be even more disruptive to sleep and circadian rhythmicity than incandescent lighting. Technological innovations that increase nightly sleep duration and reduce circadian disruption are needed to improve cognitive performance, safety and health.
Harvard Medical School
Sleep Deficit: The Performance Killer
A talk by Charles A. Czeisler, MD, PhD, FRCP, Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine and director, Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School; chief, Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Moderated by Freda C. Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA, executive vice president and chief medical officer, Pfizer, and member of the HMS Board of Fellows. Harvard Medical School MED-EDs are a series of short, thought-provoking presentations by renowned HMS faculty, alumni, and leadership volunteers built to share and inspire new ideas.
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 -- presented in collaboration with The Huffington Post and held just days before the country will lose an hour of sleep due to daylight saving time -- explored 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.
A Sleep Epidemic: Charles Czeisler
Dr. Charles Czeisler explains why we're sleeping less than we did a generation ago, and the damaging effects it's having on our health, from increased diagnoses of psychiatric illness to heart disease to obesity.
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