Vancouver, BC – Can’t sleep? You’re not alone. Forty per cent of Canadians will suffer from a sleep disorder in their lifetime. Shift work, use of electronics, jet lag, noise, light, temperature and even bedding can impact sleep.
Sleep experts from Vancouver will join colleagues from around the globe at World Sleep 2019 from September 20 – 25, 2019 in Vancouver. “Sleep affects every facet of our well-being,” says Doctor John Fleetham, co-director of the Leon Judah Blackmore Centre for Sleep Disorders at UBC Hospital. “Through research and gatherings like World Sleep 2019, we are better positioned to help those suffering from sleep disorders.”
Doctor Fleetham and his colleagues will present their latest research on sleep-related topics including:
Dr. Rob Randhawa looks at the bewildering world of pharmaceutical management of insomnia. With increasing concerns around dependence and a growing interest in alternative treatments such as cannabis, we must re-examine the safety and effectiveness of the medications we use. When should sleeping pills be used, and which ones are best?
Dr. Najib Ayas crunches the numbers from studies involving airline accidents and medical mishaps and finds that eliminating extended shifts is associated with a reduction in serious medical errors. The study provides insight into how lack of sleep affects performance in the workplace.
Pregnant women often have trouble sleeping. Some will develop obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that occurs when the throat muscles relax and block the airway repetitively during sleep, causing people to start and stop breathing. The effects of obstructive sleep apnea on the fetus are unknown. Research suggests male offspring of mothers with obstructive sleep apnea could be at risk of developing metabolic conditions during adulthood.
In conjunction with World Sleep 2019, the public is invited to a free lecture series to learn more about sleep and sleep disorders. Topics include:
- Sleep, insomnia, and depression
- Why do I keep falling asleep?
- Why am I sleepy during the day?
- Sleep walking, night terrors and nightmares
Registration is required for the two-day series September 21st and 22nd. Register at Sleepexpo.org
Vancouver Coastal Health is responsible for the delivery of $3.3 billion in community, hospital and residential care to more than one million people in communities including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola. VCH also provides specialized care and services for people throughout BC, and is the province’s hub of health-care education and research.
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