Community Conversations:Sister to Sister

  • When: Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Simply Erinn's Unisex Salon, 268 Brookline Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit2: Not available
  • Categories: Community , Health

The Search for Shuteye: Unlocking Sleep Disorders and the Keys to a Good Night's Sleep

We will discuss:

• What is a sleep disorder? Why do they happen?
• Common sleep disorders (e.g., abnormal sleep behavior, circadian rhythm issues, hypersomnias & insomnias, sleep related breathing problems, sleep related movement)
• Risk factors for developing a sleep disorder
• Diagnosis, treatment, strategies and tools

Joining us in conversation:

• Nora Yusuf Osman (MD) is a primary care physician in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Nora is the Faculty Co-Director the Office of Multicultural Faculty Careers at BWH as well as the Associate Clerkship Director of the internal medicine clerkship at Harvard Medical School/BWH.

• Anjali Ahn (MD) joins us from the sleep disorders center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She completed her sleep medicine fellowship at Boston University in 2004, and has been practicing clinical sleep medicine for 13 years. Anjali believes it is very important for women to fully appreciate how stress, anxiety and too much technology can interfere with sleep.

• Dayna A. Johnson (PhD) is a social epidemiologist and Instructor of Medicine in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her research is aimed at understanding the root causes of sleep health disparities and their impact on cardiovascular disease. The goal of this research is to address clinically meaningful problems that are especially relevant to minority populations, particularly African Americans (who are commonly sleep deprived and suffer a disproportionate burden of cardiovascular disease).