Sleep Talk: Episode 38 – Sleep in Pregnancy

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Episode 38: Sleep in Pregnancy

Sleep problems are common in pregnancy and change as pregnancy evolves. What happens to sleep during pregnancy? What is the best way to deal with sleep through pregnancy? In this episode we tackle these questions with the help of Dr Liora Kempler of Integrated Sleep Health.

Dr Moira Junge (Health Psychologist) and Dr David Cunnington (Sleep Physician) host the monthly podcast, Sleep Talk, talking all things sleep.

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Audio Timeline / Chapters:

  • 00:00 – 02:17 Introduction
  • 02:17 – 26:54 Theme – Sleep in Pregnancy
  • 26:54 – 28:48 Clinical Tip
  • 28:48 – 31:52 Pick of the Month
  • 31:52 – 32:50 What’s Coming Up?

Next episode: Menopause

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Dr Liora Kempler graduated from a Bachelor of Advanced Science with a major in Psychology at the University of New South Wales. She is a Psychologist at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Glebe and at the Integrated Sleep Health Clinic. Liora specialises in treating adults with sleep disorders, insomnia, depression, postnatal depression and anxiety as well as specialising in sleep during pregnancy and with infants and toddlers. Her preferred treatment practices include cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and psychotherapy. Liora’s PhD project investigated the efficacy of a novel sleep intervention in helping first time expectant mothers better manage the changes and challenges in their sleep, both during pregnancy and as new mothers.

Regular hosts:

Dr Moira JungeDr Moira Junge is a health psychologist working in the sleep field, who has considerable experience working with people with sleeping difficulties in a multidisciplinary practice using a team-based approach. Moira is actively involved with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) and a board member of the Sleep Health Foundation. She has presented numerous workshops for psychologists and is involved with Monash University with teaching and supervision commitments. She is one of the founders and clinic directors at Yarraville Health Group which was established in 1998. In addition to her expertise in sleep disorders, her other areas of interest and expertise include smoking cessation, psychological adjustment to chronic illness, and grief and loss issues.


Dr David CunningtonDr David Cunnington is a sleep physician and director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, and co-founder and contributor to SleepHub. David trained in sleep medicine both in Australia and in the United States, at Harvard Medical School, and is certified as both an International Sleep Medicine Specialist and International Behavioural Sleep Medicine Specialist. David’s clinical practice covers all areas of sleep medicine and he is actively involved in training health professionals in sleep. David is a regular media commentator on sleep, both in traditional media and social media. David’s recent research has been in the area of non-drug, psychologically-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness in managing insomnia, restless legs syndrome and other sleep disorders.

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