Why You Should Stop Sacrificing Your Sleep Now

The Power of Sleep: An interview with NIH Dr. Michael Twery

In this episode, we talk about the power of sleep and what happens when we don't get enough of it. Join us as Dr. Michael Twery discusses the significance of sleep on our whole self including the effects on growth and stress hormones, our immune system, appetite, breathing, blood pressure, and cardiovascular health.

Dr. Twery, Ph.D., is the director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Division of Lung Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

He has led the NIH’s sleep and respiratory neurobiology scientific research group since 1996, and has served as director of the NCSDR since January 2006. In these roles, Dr. Twery oversees the support of research and research training related to sleep disordered breathing, the fundamental functions of sleep and circadian rhythms, and sleep disorder epidemiology and clinical trials. 

Dr. Twery served as the program officer for the SleepAcademic Award program, the Specialized Centers of Research on sleep neurobiology effort, and initiatives to study the link between sleep disorders and short sleep duration with cardiovascular disease risk factors such as the metabolic syndrome, diabetes and obesity.

Learn more about Dr. Twery at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/news/spokespeople/twery-michael.

This episode was originally recorded on September 15, 2015.