About Associate Professor Chin Moi Chow

Dr. Chow desires to explore solutions that will promote sleep health and enable the best possible sleep time and quality of individuals with sleep difficulty.

Dr. Chow is a sleep researcher with a special interest in exploring how diet, exercise and the timing of sleep and waking may influence health.

Dr. Chin Moi Chow is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science. She has a broad experience in clinical and basic sleep research and has contributed significantly in the area of research related to diet and sleep. Together with her co-author, Dr. Helen O’Connor, Dr. Chow has published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (impact factor 5.65) (Afaghi et al 2007) the first report that demonstrated efficacy of a high glycaemic index (GI) evening meal in inducing sleep in regular sleepers. This work has received much publicity in the mass media since its journal publication, indicating community interests in non-drug management of insomnia. In extending this work on glycemic load, Dr Chow (with Dr. O’Connor) further investigated the influence of the very low carbohydrate diet (very low glycemic load) on sleep (in press). This work showed a detrimental effect of low carbohydrate ingestion on sleep pattern. A dietary approach, especially through glycemic index and load manipulation, is novel and has the ability to provide a treatment without drug side-effects for insomnia sufferers in addition to its commercial potential.

Selected publications

  • Chin Moi Chow and Daniel Davies. Intermittent hypoxia exposure and sleep in athletes. In: Physiology and Pathophysiology of Intermittent Hypoxia, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (Hauppauge , New York 11788 , U.S.A) Dec. 2008 (in press).
  • Ahmad Afaghi, Helen OConnor and Chin Moi Chow. Acute effects of the very low carbohydrate diet on sleep indices. Nutrition Neuroscience 2008  (in press).
  • Ahmad Afaghi, Helen OConnor and Chin Moi Chow. High glycemic index carbohydrate meals shorten sleep onset. Am J Clin Nutr 85:426 –30, 2007.
  • Atlantis E, Chow CM, Kirby A, Fiatarone Singh MA. Worksite intervention effects on sleep quality: a randomized controlled trial. J Occup Health Psychol. 2006 Oct;11(4):291-304.
  • Kinsman TA, Townsend NE, Gore CJ, Hahn AG, Clark SA, Aughey RJ, McKenna MJ, Hawley JA, Chow CM. Sleep disturbance at simulated altitude indicated by stratified respiratory disturbance index but not hypoxic ventilatory response. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2005 Aug;94(5-6):569-75.
  • Kinsman TA, Hahn AG, Gore CJ, Hopkins WG, Hawley JA, McKenna MJ, Clark SA, Aughey RJ, Townsend NE and Chow CM. Sleep in athletes undertaking protocols of exposure to nocturnal simulated altitude at 2650 m. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2005 Jun;8(2):222-32.
  • Dempsey JA, CA Smith, CA Harms, CM Chow, KW Saupe. Sleep-induced breathing instability, Sleep, 19:236-247, 1996.
  • Chow, C.M., L. Xi, C.A. Smith, K.W. Saupe and J.A. Dempsey. A volume dependent apneic threshold during NREM sleep in the sleeping dog. J. Appl. Physiol. 76, 2315-2325 1994.
  • Xi, L. C.M. Chow, C.A. Smith, K.W. Saupe and J.A. Dempsey. Effects of REM sleep on the ventilatory response to airway occlusion in the dog. Sleep, 17 (8): 674-687, 1994.
  • Atlantis E, Chow CM, Kirby A, Fiatarone Singh MA. Worksite intervention effects on physical health: a randomized controlled trial. Health Promot Int. 2006 Sep;21(3):191-200. Epub 2006 Apr 4. [Impact factor: 1.16]