Episode 12: Dreams


Dreaming. We all do it, but what is it really? Are all dreams the same? Do they have meaning? How should we think about dreams and do they influence clinical management of sleep disorders? We talk dreams and dreaming with Dr Jennifer Windt (Philosopher) and Dr Curt Gray (Psychiatrist).

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:

  • 00:00 – 00:51 Introduction
  • 00:51 –  06:53 What’s in the news about sleep?
  • 06:53 – 42:30 Theme: Dreams
    • 09:40 – 30:01 Guest interview – Jennifer Windt: What are dreams?
    • 30:01 – 39:47 Guest interview – Curt Gray: A psychiatrist’s perspective on dreams
    • 39:47 – 41:36 Image rehearsal therapy (IRT)
    • 41:36 – 42:11 More information on dreams
  • 42:11 – 44:04 Clinical tip of the month – AIM model
  • 44:04 – 44:36 Pick of the month: David – The Dream Drugstore
  • 44:36 – 45:35 Pick of the month: Moira – Reboot your life – ABC
  • 45:35 – 46:30 What’s coming up in the next month?

Next episode (December 5th 2016): Let it Go

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Guest interviews:

jennifer windtDr Jennifer M. Windt is currently a lecturer in philosophy at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and the author of Dreaming: A Conceptual Framework for Philosophy of Mind and Empirical Research (MIT Press, 2015). With Thomas Metzinger, she edited Open MIND (MIT Press, 2016) which is freely available. Her research centers on dreaming and other kinds of conscious experience during sleep and their relationship to wake states such as mind wandering, imagination, hallucination, and full-body illusions. She is also interested in methodological and epistemological questions about the relationship between dreams and dream reports, and between first-person reports and third-person data. 

Dr Curtis GrayDr Curt Gray is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has been a psychiatrist since 1993.  From that time he ran a successful Brisbane private practice in general adult psychiatry and attended the Princess Alexandra Hospital as a Visiting Medical Officer.  From early 2007 to late 2010 he held the position of Clinical Director, and Senior Specialist, at the Gold Coast Hospital Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service. Dr Gray is now in private practice at New Farm Clinic and mlcoa. He has a major clinical interest, and considerable experience, in the area of Sleep Disorders Medicine, especially the assessment and management of insomnia disorders.

Regular hosts:

Dr Moira Junge

Dr 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 has consulted at Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre since 2008, and is actively involved with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA). She has presented numerous workshops for psychologists wanting to learn more about sleep disorders, and is involved with Monash University with teaching and supervision commitments, as well as clinical involvement with the Monash University Healthy Sleep Clinic. She is one of the 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, and blogs for the Huffington Post on sleep. 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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