Wellness film discussion series (Kathleen Howland)Saturday October 26, 2019
2:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Community Film and Discussion Series: Sleepless in America
Sleepless in America explores sleep loss in our modern society and reveals the compounding consequences of having a population that does not get enough sleep. Produced by a partnership of National Geographic and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the program explores sleep science and describes the serious health consequences of insufficient sleep. With drowsy drivers who are every bit as dangerous as drunks to the associated long-term health problems like diabetes and dementia, the long-term cost of sleep loss is excessive. The documentary is an argument against the demands of a 24/7 society and the allure of the many devices in our living rooms or, in worse cases, at our bedsides.
"Sleepless in America" aims to reach viewers and inspire them to take action. Cutting-edge research examples are used to provide scientific evidence against sleep loss. Personal accounts, such as the horrific story of the husband who lost half his family when a hospital worker drove home drowsy after an extra-long shift, are an emotional appeal for change.
The barrage of warnings from researchers and physicians and the tragic and cautionary accounts combine to frame our society’s sleeplessness as a disease that needs immediate attention.
Join Katherine Howland, Northborough parent, music/speech therapist, and professor of neuroscience at Berklee College of Music, in the viewing and discussion of this film.
Location: Meeting Room
to go to the Northborough Free Library