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Dec 23, 2010

In today's show, we'll chat about the sleep deprivation-obesity connection with Thomas Roth, Ph.D., is one of the leading authorities on sleep and sleep medicine in the world. He currently serves as the Director of Research and Chief of Sleep Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Of Michigan College Of Medicine. Dr. Roth's research has examined sleep loss, sleep fragmentation, sleep pathologies, and the effects of pharmacologic agents on sleep-wake function. He is co-editor of Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, the primary educational text for sleep medicine. He has published more than 315 manuscripts, 12 edited volumes, 160 chapters, and 490 abstracts. He has additionally held multiple leadership positions in the field of sleep medicine. Dr. Roth has been a past President of the National Sleep Foundation, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the Sleep Research Society. He is the former Chair of the National Center of Sleep Disorders Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Roth is also a former Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) worldwide project on sleep and health, and he has served on several WHO national and international committees. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sleep and on the editorial boards of Sleep Reviews, Stress Medicine, Advances in Therapy, and Human Psychopharmacology. In this program, you will learn how much sleep the average person needs, whether sleep needs change with age, about the mechanisms of weight gain, whether any medical conditions are associated with this weight gain, what does sleep loss due to appetite and eating habits. We'll also talk about the connection between sleep deprivation and overeating.