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Friday 17 March 2023 2:51pm

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre acknowledged World Sleep Day 2023 to highlight the importance of sleep for our health and wellbeing.

Here is how EDOR is promoting sleep throughout sleep awareness month:

Professor Rachael Taylor in the Otago Alumni online series: March with Otago

EDOR director Professor Rachael Taylor presented a summary of research relating to sleep and other health behaviours.

Title: Move, eat, sleep, repeat: the impact on health and wellbeing in children

  • Thursday, 23 March 2023
  • 7pm - 8pm
  • Online Webinar

New publications from The DREAM study

Results from The DREAM study, involving several EDOR researchers, have been published in March 2023 and highlight the effects that not enough sleep can have on our children.

The papers, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and JAMA Network Open, have shown that just 40 minutes less sleep per night resulted in increased calorie intake and significantly lower health-related quality of life:

  • Morrison, S., Jackson, R., Haszard, J. J., Galland, B. C., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Fleming, E. A., … Elder, D. E., … Taylor, R. W. (2023). The effect of modest changes in sleep on dietary intake and eating behavior in children: Secondary outcomes of a randomized crossover trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 117, 317-325. doi: 10.1016/j.ajcnut.2022.10.007
  • Taylor, R. W., Haszard, J. J., Jackson, R., Morrison S., Beebe, D. W., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Elder, D. E., Galland B. C. (2023). Effect of Sleep Changes on Health-Related Quality of Life in Healthy Children: A Secondary Analysis of the DREAM Crossover Trial. JAMA Netw Open, 6(3):e233005. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.3005

Sleep research in the media

The latest DREAM study research findings have been widely reported by the media, including internationally:

EDOR researchers asleep on the job!

EDOR researchers wore their pyjamas to celebrate World Sleep Day and were captured by the ODT napping at work!

Professor Barbara Galland, an EDOR sleep researcher, encouraged people to consider the importance of their slumber hours:

"Just like eating well and exercising, sleep really is a behaviour that is foundational for your physical, mental and social wellbeing."

View the ODT article and photo of EDOR researchers celebrating World Sleep Day:

Day promotes sleep health, Otago Daily Times, 16 March 2023

Visit the World Sleep Day website

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