Lifelong Learning Podcasts


Photo of woman asleep in comfortable bedGetting to the Heart of Sleep Health

Sleep quality is consequential to cardiovascular health. We're just beginning to understand the effects of short sleep duration at the molecular and cellular level.

Among other side effects, lack of sleep causes our organs to secrete hormones that cause us to eat more than we really need.

What are the characteristics of healthy sleep? Sleep is important for our health, but we often take it for granted. Unfortunately, sleep is often the first thing to go when we are pressed for time.

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Getting to the Heart of Sleep Health: Defining and Evaluating Sleep Health

In this informative podcast Drs. Dayna Johnson, Anne Fink and Konrad Sawicki discuss the implications of sleep for our cardiovascular health and how, at a population level, sleep quality, or lack of it, is a public health concern.

Listen and learn from experts in sleep health on the definition and evaluation of sleep health.

Editor's note: The researchers in this podcast discuss sleep issues among African Americans, based largely on the language used in previous studies. However, this discussion also pertains to Black Americans who are not of African descent or do not identify as African American.

Transcript: Defining and Evaluating Sleep Health (PDF)

Dayna Johnson, PhD, MPH, MSW, MSDayna Johnson, PhD, MPH, MSW, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Anne M. Fink, PhD, RN, FAHAAnne M. Fink, PhD, RN, FAHA
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science
College of Nursing
University of Illinois Chicago


Konrad T. Sawicki, MD, PhDKonrad T. Sawicki, MD, PhD
Cardiology Fellow
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Getting to the Heart of Sleep Health: Cardiovascular Consequences of Inadequate Sleep

Many patients that you see in clinical practice have sleep issues, but they will not share that unless they are prompted about it.

In this podcast leaders in sleep medicine discuss Getting to the Heart of Sleep Health. Drs. Younghoon Kwon, Marie-Pierre St-Onge and Nancy Redeker explore how patients may have multiple symptoms, and they're often accompanied by dissatisfaction with sleep and patients reporting that they don't feel refreshed when they wake up in the morning.

Learn from experts in sleep medicine about talking with your patients.

Editor's note: The researchers in this podcast discuss sleep issues among African Americans, based largely on the language used in previous studies. However, this discussion also pertains to Black Americans who are not of African descent or do not identify as African American.

Transcript: Cardiovascular Consequences of Inadequate Sleep (PDF)

Younghoon Kwon, MD, MSYounghoon Kwon, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Medicine
Director, Cardiac ICU/ Inpatient Service at Harborview Medical Center
Associate Director, Cardiac ICU at University of
Washington Medical Center

Marie-Pierre St. Onge, PhD, CCSH, FAHAMarie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, CCSH, FAHA
Associate Professor of Nutritional Medicine
Center Director, AHA Go Red SFRN
Director, Sleep center of excellence ~ Connecting day & night rhythms
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Nancy Redeker, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAANNancy Redeker, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Professor of Nursing, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Yale School of Medicine

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Department Chair, Medicine
Department of Cardiology, Division of Internal Medicine
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Professor of Medicine
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UT Southwestern Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology