National Sleep Awareness Week is from March 10 to
16, 2019. The goal of this week-long campaign is to promote the benefits of
optimal sleep and how sleep affects health, well-being and safety. Sleep can be
especially important when it comes to the development and management of several
chronic diseases and conditions.
Sleep Impact Chronic Disease?1
Insufficient sleep has been linked to multiple
Research has found that insufficient sleep is linked to an increased risk for
the development of type 2 diabetes. Specifically, sleep duration and quality
have emerged as predictors of levels of Hemoglobin A1c, an important marker of
blood sugar control.
Disease: Persons with sleep apnea have been found to be at increased risk
for a number of cardiovascular diseases. Notably, hypertension, stroke,
coronary heart disease and irregular heartbeats (cardiac arrhythmias) have been
found to be more common among those with disordered sleep than their peers
without sleep abnormalities.
Laboratory research has found that short sleep duration results in metabolic
changes that may be linked to obesity. Epidemiologic studies conducted in the
community have also revealed an association between short sleep duration and excess
Getting More Sleep2
Mood: Every night while you’re asleep, your brain is working to process
your emotions. Your mind needs this time in order to recognize and react the
right way. When you cut that short, you tend to have more negative emotional
reactions and fewer positive ones.
Heart: Sleep helps to lower your blood pressure and help in preventing
Energy: A good nights sleep can make a world of difference for your energy
levels. It can also help improve your motivation and allow time for your
muscles to repair.
Brain Function: Sleep plays a big part in both learning and memory. Without
enough sleep, it’s tough to focus and take in new information.
Immune System: Ongoing lack of sleep changes the way your immune cells
work. They may not attack as quickly, and you could get sick more often.
if you’re interested in seeing the steps you can take to improve your sleep.
Health’s Pharmacy Advocate Program
Tria Health offers Chronic Condition Management
through our Pharmacy Advocate Program. Clinical Pharmacists provide one-on-one
telephonic counseling for members and are their personal advocate to help them
navigate through the health care system. Through reviewing a member’s
medications and lifestyle, including their sleep habits, Tria Pharmacists can
make recommendations that will help control their chronic conditions and help
them feel better!
National Wear Red Day is February 1st. Go Red for
Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement that advocates for
more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The movement also
challenges people to know their risk for heart disease and act to reduce their
personal risk. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each
year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80
percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and
the Signs and Symptoms?1
While there are many similarities in the symptoms
of heart disease in men and women, there are even more differences. Listed
below are the signs and symptoms, specific to women, that are important to
watch out for:
Heart Attack Symptoms:
Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or
pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes or goes away
and comes back.
Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the
back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath with or without chest
Other signs such as breaking out in a cold
sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom
is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to
experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath,
nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or
leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or
Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one
or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of
balance or coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk2
Not only can you wear red to raise awareness but
you can also take steps to reduce your own risk. The American Heart Association
has developed an online tool called My Life Check. My Life Check allows you to
find out your heart score and see if you’re at risk based on Life’s Simple 7:
Tria Health offers Chronic Condition Management
through our Pharmacy Advocate Program. Heart Disease and stroke are two of the
many chronic conditions that Tria Health targets. Clinical Pharmacists provide
one-on-one telephonic counseling for members and act as their personal advocate
to help them navigate through the health care system. Through reviewing a
member’s medications and lifestyle habits, Tria Pharmacists can make
recommendations that will help control their chronic conditions and help them
While exercising can be beneficial for anyone, people
with chronic conditions can significantly improve their health and manage their
symptoms. If you’re concerned about how often you can exercise or which
exercises are safe, talk to your doctor before starting your routine. Find out
what you need to know about chronic conditions and exercise!
Exercise Improve Your Symptoms?
There are four main types of exercise that can
help you manage your symptoms and improve your health; Aerobic, High-intensity,
Strength training and flexibility exercises (You can find descriptions of each,
By practicing one or more of these exercise methods, you’ll be able to directly
impact your chronic conditions symptoms.
disease. Regular exercise can help improve your heart health. Recent
studies have shown that interval training is often tolerated well in people
with heart disease, and it can produce significant benefits.
Regular exercise can help insulin more effectively lower your blood sugar
level. Physical activity can also help you control your weight and boost your
Often, exercise can help control the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
Regular low-impact aerobic activities can increase strength and endurance in
your back and improve muscle function. Abdominal and back muscle exercises
(core-strengthening exercises) may help reduce symptoms by strengthening the
muscles around your spine.
Check with Your Doctor & Get Started Today!
Checking with your doctor before exercising is
never a bad idea, depending on your condition(s) there could be some important
precautions you need to take. They will also be able to provide recommendations
with pain reduction and necessary dietary adjustments. If you feel nervous
starting alone, you might want to consider a group exercise program. You might
also find condition-specific programs at your local hospital or clinic.
Have any Questions?
Contact the Tria Health Help Desk at
As Thanksgiving approaches, it can be stressful trying to maintain a healthy diet surrounded by indulgences. While it’s true that sweets can be enjoyed in moderation, there are still plenty of alternatives available so you can treat yourself and stay true to your healthy lifestyle. To help you get through the Thanksgiving season, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Heart-Healthy recipes:
World Heart Day is celebrated every year on September 29th, with the goal of informing people around the globe that cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.5 million lives each year.1 World Heart Day also helps highlights the actions individuals can take to prevent and control CVD.
What is Cardiovascular Disease?
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) can refer to a number of conditions including heart disease, heart attack, stroke, heart failure, arrhythmia or heart valve problems.2 According to the Global Atlas on cardiovascular disease prevention and stroke, over 17.5 million deaths each year are caused by CVD. Ischemic heart disease (eg heart attacks) is responsible for 7.3 million of the total CVD deaths and cerebrovascular disease (eg stroke) is responsible for 6.2 million of the total CVD deaths. This makes it the number one cause of death in the world today.1
Are you at Risk?
It’s important to visit your physician and receive regular checkups. At your next appointment, ask for a few simple checks:
Blood Glucose Levels
Blood Pressure Levels
Check your Numbers (Cholesterol, weight and body mass index (BMI)
Understand the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
How Can You Participate in World Heart Day?
Make a promise! “You could promise to cook and eat more healthily, to do more exercise and encourage your children to be more active, to say no to smoking and help your loved ones to stop.
A simple promise… for MY HEART, for YOUR HEART, for ALL OUR HEARTS.”3