Thirumagal Kanagasabai

Sleep Researcher | Ph.D. Candidate

School of Kinesiology and Health Science | York University

Toronto | Ontario | Canada

A Sleep Project from the 2016 Toronto Science Fair

In April 2016, I had the privilege of being a judge for the Toronto Science Fair, where I met two young—they are in Grade 8—sleep researchers. Their study impressed me so much; I invited them to write a blog about their research and their experience at the science fair. Please find their blog below:

The connection between losing weight and sleep

The connection between losing weight and sleep

These days, everyone wants to lose a few pounds, and getting a little more shut-eye may help some people. But, the relationship between sleep and weight is a complicated one.

The medical community and researchers know that adequate sleep has many important roles in our daily lives;

Self-reported and actual sleep duration

We all know that getting a good amount of sleep regularly is important for health. But, are you really getting as much sleep as you think? Most of the research as been done with self-reported sleep data, which is not necessarily a bad thing. They are relatively easy to obtain, inexpensive, and un-invasive; but, people

Best Sleep Duration for Health

Almost all species on earth need sleep to function optimally, and we humans are no exception. But, how much sleep do we really need to function best? This question has been the subject of considerable debate over a few decades now. Some research even suggests nighttime sleep in humans used to happen in 2 chunks,

Sleep and Slumber since 1500 B.C.

By Thirumagal Kanagasabai

As a sleep researcher, all things about sleep interests me. Other than sleep habits and how they influence health, I am also interested in understanding how sleep behaviours have changed over the last few years, decades, and even centuries. A great tool by Google allowed me to take a sneak peak at the use of

Obesity and Sleep – What is the link between sleep and obesity?

By Thirumagal Kanagasabai


According to the Canadian and American Medical Associations, obesity is a chronic disease. The obesity rate is increasing in every part of the world. Over 30% of American and over 25% of Canadians are now living with obesity. Obesity is a global epidemic or pandemic that

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