Sleep Talk: Episode 41 – When to Eat

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Episode 41: When to Eat

When we eat may be just as important as what we eat for managing obesity and health. We talk to Dr Gerda Pot, Nutritionist from the Louis Bolk Instituut and Kings College London about the emerging field of chrono-nutrition.

Dr Moira Junge (Health Psychologist) and Dr David Cunnington (Sleep Physician) host the monthly podcast, Sleep Talk, talking all things sleep.

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Audio Timeline / Chapters:

  • 00:00 – 02:25 Introduction
  • 02:25 – 20:13 Theme – When to eat
  • 20:13 – 20:57 Clinical Tip
  • 20:57 – 22:23 Pick of the Month
  • 22:23 – 23:51 What’s Coming Up?

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Guest interviews:

Dr Gerda Pot

Dr Gerda Pot is an experienced Nutritional Scientist and lecturer working at Louis Bolk Institute in The Netherlands, and King’s College London. Dr Pot is skilled in Epidemiology, Lecturing, Scientific Writing, Clinical Research, and Life Sciences and has a Postgraduate certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education from King’s College London.Dr Pot’s recent research has been in the effects of the timing of food intake on health including sleep and obesity.Dr Pot has recently published data from a pilot study of a nutrition and lifestyle intervention in type 2 diabetes showing improved glucose control and reduction in glucose lowering medication. You can find more links to Dr Pot’s research here. Dr Pot also appears regularly in the media promoting healthy eating and outlining the impact of chrono-nutrition, such as in this article for New Scientist, and this piece for Dutch television.

Regular hosts:

Dr Moira JungeDr Moira Junge is a health psychologist working in the sleep field, who has considerable experience working with people with sleeping difficulties in a multidisciplinary practice using a team-based approach. Moira is actively involved with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) and a board member of the Sleep Health Foundation. She has presented numerous workshops for psychologists and is involved with Monash University with teaching and supervision commitments. She is one of the founders and clinic directors at Yarraville Health Group which was established in 1998. In addition to her expertise in sleep disorders, her other areas of interest and expertise include smoking cessation, psychological adjustment to chronic illness, and grief and loss issues.


Dr David CunningtonDr David Cunnington is a sleep physician and director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, and co-founder and contributor to SleepHub. David trained in sleep medicine both in Australia and in the United States, at Harvard Medical School, and is certified as both an International Sleep Medicine Specialist and International Behavioural Sleep Medicine Specialist. David’s clinical practice covers all areas of sleep medicine and he is actively involved in training health professionals in sleep. David is a regular media commentator on sleep, both in traditional media and social media. David’s recent research has been in the area of non-drug, psychologically-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness in managing insomnia, restless legs syndrome and other sleep disorders.

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