Episode 14: A New Start

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At the start of each year, people make New Year’s resolutions, often about health with the aim of making a new start. But often, by February, people are back in to their previous habits and routine, with their health goals left behind. To help set achievable goals around health and sleep, we talk about goal setting and making behaviour changes that stick with Prof Art Markman from University of Texas at Austin, author of Smart Change.

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 – 01:28 Introduction
  • 01:28 – 10:31 What’s news in sleep?
    • 01:28 – 04:06 Fatigue and accident risk
    • 04:06 – 05:56 Sleep talking – Is it funny?
    • 05:56 – 08:24 Is meditation as good as sleep?
    • 08:24 – 10:31Kochie’s business builders
  • 10:31 –  34:17 Theme – A New Start
    • 10:31 – 15:23 Setting goals for health and sleep
    • 15:23 – 32:20 Guest interview – Art Markman: Making changes that stick
    • 32:20 – 34:17 More information on setting goals
  • 34:17 – 35:55 Clinical tip of the month – Don’t just add more sleep rules
  • 35:55 – 37:58 Pick of the month: Moira – Alec Baldwin and Jerry Seinfeld
  • 37:58 – 40:05 Pick of the month: David – The Power of When – Book
  • 40:05 – 41:15 Sign off

Next episode: February 6th 2017

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Guest interview:

Art MarkmanProfessor Art Markman is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. Art has always been interested in bringing insights from Cognitive Science to a broader audience. To that end, he writes blogs for many sites including Psychology Today and Fast Company. He consults for companies interested in using Cognitive Science in their businesses. Art is also on the scientific advisory boards for the Dr. Phil Show and the Dr. Oz Show

Connect with Art on Twitter, or via his website.

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.

Connect with David on Twitter or Facebook.

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