NEW for 2013

CommonHealth Workshop

Get Your ZZZZ - How Healthy Sleep Habits Help Your Heart

Course# TD1819

Note: This workshop is capped at 16 participants.

Categories: Work/Life Wellness

Level: Fundamental

Type: Single-Session Workshop

Total Workshop Time: 2 Hours

Make-Ups: No make-ups are scheduled for this workshop.

Pre-requisites: None

Target Audience: Individuals interested in learning how the right amount of sleep can help the heart and blood pressure.

Workshop Description:  

A 10-year Harvard study on sleep habits and health of more than 70,000 women between the ages of 45 and 65 with no previous history of heart disease showed that those who slept less than 5 hours per night were 40% more likely to suffer heart disease. In addition, women who slept more than 9 hours were 37% more likely to have heart trouble. Previous studies in men have shown similar results. Short-term sleep deprivation is known to raise blood pressure and stress hormones, lower glucose tolerance and even lead to irregular heartbeats. All of these factors are precursors to coronary disease. Chronic sleep deprivation promotes weight gain and diabetes, both of which can send you to the emergency room grabbing your chest. Going without enough sleep also affects the functioning of the lining inside the blood vessels and can cause some low-grade inflammation that could lead to heart disease.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn how to improve their quality of sleep
  • Learn the connection between high blood pressure, sleep disorders and heart disease, stress and sleep
  • Learn tools to increase energy and productivity, and decrease risk for heart disease and complications associated with heart disease

Presented by:  Sharon Buckner, M.S. Ed, CommonHealth Regional Coordinator

Session Information:
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM


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