Sleep Talk: Episode 42 – What to Eat

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Episode 42: What to Eat

How does what we eat impact on sleep? What foods or types of diet can help with sleep? To help decipher this complex area we talk to Assoc Prof Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Director Sleep Center of Excellence Columbia University, Irving Medical Center.

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 – 01:41 Introduction
  • 01:41 – 23:04 Theme – What to eat?
  • 23:04 – 25:45 Clinical Tip
  • 25:45 – 29:31 Pick of the Month
  • 29:31 – 30:39 What’s Coming Up?

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Guest interviews:

Marie-Pierre St-Onge

Assoc Prof Marie-Pierre St-Onge is Centre Director of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Sleep Center of Excellence. A Prof St-Onge has a Ph.D focused in Nutrition from McGill University and is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and Certified in Clinical Sleep Health. In 2007, A Prof St-Onge received NIH funding to study sleep and energy balance and her research now focuses greatly on sleep and its association with obesity and cardiometabolic risk factors. Her research findings show that sleep influences diet and that diet may also influence sleep, allowing her to return to her original passion related to foods and their influence on disease risk.

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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