Jamaica Midlife Health Society to Host Sleep Symposium

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  • Sleep deprivation can result in a number of harmful effects on individuals over prolonged periods of time.
  • To highlight the key factors that contribute to sleep apnea as well as the likely effects on the body and possible remedies, the Jamaica Midlife Health Society (JMHS) will be hosting a sleep symposium at the St. Andrew Parish Library on Wednesday, March 28, under the theme ‘Wake Up to Sleep Disorders’.
  • Details of a survey conducted by the JMHS recently, which sampled 150 individuals over 18 years in St. Andrew and St. Thomas, in relation to sleeping patterns, will also be revealed at the function.

Sleep deprivation can result in a number of harmful effects on individuals over prolonged periods of time.

These can range from depression and attention deficit disorders to increased blood pressure and weight gain.

To highlight the key factors that contribute to sleep apnea as well as the likely effects on the body and possible remedies, the Jamaica Midlife Health Society (JMHS) will be hosting a sleep symposium at the St. Andrew Parish Library on Wednesday, March 28, under the theme ‘Wake Up to Sleep Disorders’.

Details of a survey conducted by the JMHS recently, which sampled 150 individuals over 18 years in St. Andrew and St. Thomas, in relation to sleeping patterns, will also be revealed at the function.

Lack of sleep impacts not just health, but also productivity and mental acuity in the workplace and in school.

In an interview with JIS News, JMHS President, Dr. William Brown, outlined that there are growing concerns about drowsy driving, which leads to serious road accidents in a number of cases.

“It is important for us to address the issue of sleep apnea at this time, given the possible implications and the findings of the survey. It is said that sufficient rest is a predictor of long life. Rest is even more impactful than exercise or healthy eating and so we would like individuals to come out and participate in the symposium,” Dr. Brown said.

The symposium is free for all participants who are interested in the subject.

The JMHS is a charitable organisation which promotes optimal health for men and women at midlife (ages 35 to 59), public education and fundraising activities.

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