Sleep Talk: Episode 55 – Medication in Pregnancy

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Episode 55: Medication in Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a challenging time, particularly for women with sleep disorders such as narcolepsy who rely on medications to manage symptoms. There isn’t clear information to guide either women or their healthcare providers on what to do during pregnancy. To discuss managing women with narcolepsy during pregnancy we spoke to Dr Michael Thorpy from Montefiore Medical Centre, New York.

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 – 02:36 Introduction
  • 02:36 – 26:29 Theme – Medication in Pregnancy
  • 26:29 – 27:46 Clinical Tip
  • 27:46 – 30:40 Pick of the Month
  • 30:40 – 32:36 What’s Coming Up?

Next episode: Sleep and Pain

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Dr. Michael Thorpy is Director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at the Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York. Both a clinician and a well-published researcher, Dr. Thorpy serves as Professor of Clinical Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Thorpy served on the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) Board of Directors and founded and directed the NSF’s National Narcolepsy Registry, which was located at Montefiore Medical Center. He is past Chairman of the Sleep Section of the American Academy of Neurology. He is President of the New York State Society of Sleep Medicine (NYSSSM). He has published extensively on narcolepsy, insomnia, and sleep disorders. His 14 print books include “The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Sleep Disorders”. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, including publications in journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Thorpy’s computerized textbook on sleep medicine, SleepMultiMedia (available on DVD-ROM), is the only one of its kind.

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Dr Moira JungeDr Moira Junge is a health psychologist working in the

Sleep Talk: Episode 54 – Sleep in Healthcare Workers

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Episode 54: Sleep in Healthcare Workers

Healthcare workers often have to work shifts that can incorporate long hours and working at times they would normally be sleeping. This can lead to fatigue, sleep difficulties and impact health and performance. To understand these factors and how research is working towards finding solutions we interview Dr Julia Stone of Monash University.

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 – 04:15 Introduction
  • 04:15 – 21:30 Theme – Sleep in Healthcare Workers
  • 21:30 – 22:11 Clinical Tip
  • 22:11 – 23:55 Pick of the Month
  • 23:55 – 25:25 What’s Coming Up?

Next episode: Sleep Medications in Pregnancy

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Guest interview:

Dr Julia Stone is a Research Fellow in the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University. Her research interests include individual variability in circadian rhythms and sleep, the role of circadian disruption on health and performance, and computational modeling approaches for circadian phase estimation in applied field settings. Julia completed her PhD at Monash University and Alertness CRC investigating modelling sleep and circadian factors in healthcare workers. Julia’s recent research papers are available via her Monash University profile.

Connect with Julia on Twitter – @JStone_247

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. 

Connect with Moira on Twitter – @MoiraJunge

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 …

Sleep Talk: Episode 53 – Fly-in Fly-out Workers

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Episode 53: Fly-in Fly-out Workers

Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers, like many shift-workers, face significant problems with sleep and mental and physical health. To discuss the issues facing FIFO workers we interview Dr Ian Dunican of Sleep4Performance, Melius Consulting and University of Western Australia.

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 – 02:34 Introduction
  • 02:34 – 27:47 Theme – FIFO work
  • 27:47 – 28:34 Clinical Tip
  • 28:34 – 31:47 Pick of the Month
  • 31:47 – 32:56 What’s Coming Up?

Next episode: Sleep in healthcare workers

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Dr Ian Dunican has 20 years international professional experience in health, safety and business improvement in military, mining, rail, oil & gas, utilities. He is the Director of Melius Consulting and Sleep4Performance and a researcher with the University of Western Australia where he has worked with elite sporting organizations/athletes to optimize performance. Ian has led and guided health, safety and business improvement projects in a range of diverse international locations. Ian’s industry career has focused on the leadership of several significant projects where he utilised Lean/Six Sigma and scientific methodologies to drive a step change improvement in performance whilst ensuring sustainability through culture change.

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

Sleep Talk: Bonus Episode – Sleep in Uncertain Times

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Bonus Episode: Sleep in Uncertain Times

During times of uncertainty, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, sleep can be challenging. To help with sleep during this time, we discuss simple strategies you can implement to help your sleep and mental 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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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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Need more information about how you can sleep better?

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Sleep Talk: Episode 52 – PTSD

Originally at: https://sleephub.com.au/podcast-52/

Episode 52: PTSD

Many people experience trauma in their lives, and a significant proportion develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Traumatic experiences can have a significant effect on sleep, causing sleep disturbance, nightmares and a fear of going to bed. There are evidence-based treatments available that can help to reduce the impact of PTSD on sleep. To discuss PTSD, its impact on sleep, and approaches to treatment we spoke with Assoc Prof Andrea Phelps, Deputy Director of Phoenix Australia at The University of Melbourne.

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 – 02:21 Introduction
  • 02:21 – 27:58 Theme – PTSD
  • 27:58 – 29:05 Clinical Tip
  • 29:05 – 31:41 Pick of the Month
  • 31:41 – 33:30 What’s Coming Up?

Next episode: Fly-in-Fly-out workers

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Assoc Professor Andrea Phelps is the Deputy Director of Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in treating posttraumatic mental health problems. Andrea has led a number of major Phoenix Australia projects including the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (2007, 2013 and most recently this year).  Andrea has also led research into innovative treatments for trauma populations, including imagery rehearsal therapy for posttraumatic nightmares.

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 …

Sleep Talk: Episode 51 – Sleep in Teenagers

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Episode 51: Sleep in Teenagers

Why do teenagers have trouble with sleep? What can be done about it? To help answer these questions we talk with Assoc Prof Margot Davey, Director of the Melbourne Children’s Sleep Centre at Monash Children’s Hospital.

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 – 01:50 Introduction
  • 01:50 – 21:10 Theme – Sleep in Teenagers
  • 21:10 – 23:13 Clinical Tip
  • 23:13 – 26:57 Pick of the Month
  • 26:57 – 28:34 What’s Coming Up?

Next episode: Medication in Pregnancy

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Margot DaveyAssoc Prof Margot Daveyis Director of the Melbourne Children’s Sleep Centre, Monash Children’s Hospital.  Margot is also an adjunct senior lecturer in the Ritchie Centre, Monash Institute of Medical Research, Monash University.  Her clinical practice is paediatric sleep medicine, and she works in public and private settings (Epworth Sleep Centre). Since 2006, Margot has been a chief investigator on numerous successful National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants and an associate investigator on others. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications.

 

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 …

Sleep Talk: Episode 50 – Sleeping in the Heat

Originally at: https://sleephub.com.au/podcast-50/

Episode 50: Sleeping in the Heat

When the weather gets warm it can be harder to sleep. But what does the heat actually do to sleep and what can be done to help sleep better on hot nights? To help answer these questions we talk with Dr Kazue Okamoto-Mizuno from Tohoku Fukoshi Univeristy, Sendai, Japan. Dr Okamoto-Mizuno has researched the relationship between sleep and temperature for 20 years.

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 – 03:37 Introduction
  • 03:37 – 22:33 Theme – Sleeping in the Heat
  • 22:33 – 23:43 Clinical Tip
  • 23:43 – 28:50 Pick of the Month
  • 28:50 – 29:59 What’s Coming Up?

Next episode: Sleep in Teenagers

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Dr Kazue Okamoto-Mizuno is a researcher from Tohoku Fukoshi Univeristy, Sendai, Japan. Dr Okamoto-Mizuno’s original research was on textiles, which led to researching the effect of temperature on sleep. Dr Okamoto-Mizuno has been researching the relationship between sleep and temperature for 20 years and published a number of peer reviewed papers on the topic. 

Links to Dr Okamoto-Mizuno’s research can be found via her Research Gate page.

 

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 …

Sleep Talk: Episode 49 – Social Time

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Episode 49: Social Time

What is social time and what happens when it is out of sync with sun time and our own internal time? Daylight saving time is an example of social time, that can have significant consequences on health. We discuss social time and daylight saving time with Prof Till Roenneberg, researcher and author, who has a long research career in sleep and biological rhythms.

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 – 02:27 Introduction
  • 02:27 – 24:52 Theme – Social Time
  • 24:52 – 25:49 Clinical Tip
  • 25:49 – 28:15 Pick of the Month
  • 28:15 – 29:15 What’s Coming Up?

Next episode: Sleeping in the Heat

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Prof Till Roenneberg started to work on biological rhythms with Jürgen Aschoff at the age of 17. He studied Biology and Neuroscience in Munich and at the University College, London, and worked for several years at Harvard University. He studies the human clock and sleep both in the laboratory and the real world and is currently putting together the Human Sleep Project, a research network that aims to understand sleep by measuring activity and other variables with simple devices in thousands of people outside of laboratories. He has received several international research and teaching prizes, has created and coordinated many international research networks, and worked in close collaboration with industry for many years. His is currently President of the European Society for Rhythms Research, EBRS, President of the World Federation of Societies for Chronobiology, WFSC. He has published over a 170 papers and a book (“Internal Time” Harvard University Press, 2012).

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

Sleeping in the Heat

Originally at: https://sleephub.com.au/sleeping-in-the-heat/

When the weather heats up it can be hard to sleep.

sleeping in the heatHot summer nights. Tossing, turning, finding it hard to get to sleep or stay asleep because of the heat. Many people find sleeping in the heat difficult, particularly those who already find sleep challenging. Many people I see with sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea or narcolepsy dread the summer and heat as it makes sleep much more difficult for them. Although we can’t change the weather, and are likely to face more hot weather in the future, there are things that can be done to make sleeping in the heat easier to manage.

Why is it hard to sleep in the heat?

Apart from the obvious discomfort of feeling hot and uncomfortable, there are sound reasons why people don’t sleep their best during hot weather. An important part of dropping off to sleep is a drop in core body temperature. The body achieves this by diverting blood to the periphery (hands and feet) and surface (skin). If these parts of the body are in contact with air that is cooler than 37 degrees Celsius (98 F) heat is dissipated and the core body temperature drops enabling sleep. Throughout sleep, the body aims to maintain a core body temperature slightly lower than waking temperatures, so continues to use the hands, feet and skin to dissipate heat. This is one of the reasons people can feel better sleeping in the heat with their feet and legs hanging out from under the covers. It’s also why moving air, such as from a fan can help with sleep as the moving air enables greater heat exchange between the skin and air.

There is a lot of variation in preferred sleeping temperature, with people having a wide range of preferred temperatures. However, people seem to sleep best when bedroom temperatures are between 16-24 degrees Celsius (61-75 F). Those who are used to sleeping in warmer temperatures such as when living in the tropics can acclimatise to a certain degree and sleep reasonably in bedroom temperatures up to 28 degrees Celsius (82 F).

What can be done to help sleeping in the heat?

There are a number of things that can be done to improve sleeping in the heat. Those who are fortunate enough to have air conditioning may not need to be as careful of these factors as they are able to control the temperature in their bedroom environment, keeping it within a comfortable range. Other things that can help are:

  • Recognise that it’s only temporary: For most people in south eastern Australia, particularly Melbourne, heat waves only last

Sleep Talk: Episode 48 – Cannabinoids and Sleep

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Episode 48: Cannabinoids and Sleep

Medical cannabinoids are being increasingly prescribed for a range of conditions including sleep. Do cannabinoids help sleep? How are they prescribed? We discuss the use of medical cannabinoids with Dr Karen Hitchcock, physician and author, who has considerable experience in the use of cannabinoids.

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 – 02:18 Introduction
  • 02:18 – 24:47 Theme – Cannabinoids and Sleep
  • 24:47 – 27:15 Clinical Tip
  • 27:15 – 29:55 Pick of the Month
  • 29:55 – 30:40 What’s Coming Up?

Next episode: Social time and daylight saving time

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Dr Karen Hitchcock is a general physician with a particular interest in the use of medical cannabinoids. Karen is an experienced physician, having worked at The Alfred Hospital for a number of years managing patients with complex health problems. In addition to her work as a doctor, Karen is also an author. She has published in both medical and literary journals, including a publication in the “Best Australian Short Stories” and “Best Australian Essays” anthologies. Her first book Little White Slips (Picador, 2009) won the 2010 Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, was shortlisted in the 2010 NSW Premiers Literary Award and the Kibble/Dobie award for women writers.

Karen writes a regular column about medicine for The Monthly and is available for consultations at The Millswyn Clinic in Melbourne.

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