041: Sleep, diet, obesity and weight gain: Part 2 – Christian Benedict PhD

The second instalment of a wide-ranging conversation with associate professor of neuroscience, Christian Benedict on the fascinating, complex and still as yet fully unravelled associations between sleep, obesity, diet and weight gain.

This Episode’s Guest

Christian Benedict Podcast

Christian Benedict Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in neuroscience at Uppsala University where he heads up a team of scientists at the Benedict lab, which studies the effects of circadian disruption and sleep loss on health and performance, with a particular focus on the relationship between sleep loss and metabolism. 

Christian holds a Master’s degree in nutritional science,  a Ph.D. in human biology, is a teacher in the medical and biomedicine program at UU and is also the author of the book “Sömn, Sömn, Sömn”. 

Benedict Lab: https://www.benedictlab.org/

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christian_Benedict

Uppsala University: https://katalog.uu.se/profile/?id=N9-480

The book: https://www.bonnierfakta.se/bocker/223532/somn-somn-somn/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sleep_advocate

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sleep_advocate/

Sleep Science Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/495466987134152/

Episode Homepage: https://sleepjunkies.com/sleep-diet-obesity-part-2/

Studies mentioned in this episode:


One night of sleep loss increases ’ideal’ portion size, Sleep loss may enhance snack intake, despite satiety
Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2013 Sep;38(9):1668-74



One night of sleep loss increases blood concentration of the hunger hormone ghrelin by about 15%
Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Aug;22(8):1786-91

Recurrent partial sleep loss decreases mean blood concentration of the appetite hormone leptin by about 19%
J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Nov;89(11):5762-71



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