Episode 24: Sleep Economics

Sleep economics

What does economics have to do with sleep? A lot it turns out. Inadequate sleep is a major cause of ill health and loss of productivity in modern economies. A recent Australian report put that cost at 4% of gross domestic product. Economic principles can also be used to help with getting people to take up effective sleep treatments. The relatively new discipline of behavioural economics can teach us a lot about designing systems to promote healthy choices including around sleep.

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 –  01:15 Introduction
  • 01:15 – 05:53 What’s news in sleep?
    • Sleep Down Under 2017 – Auckland
    • SEAASM – 3rd International Conference on Sleep Disorders
  • 05:53 – 38:55 Theme – Sleep Economics
    • 05:53 – 06:45 Background – Sleep Economics
    • 06:45 – 21:07 Prof David Hillman – Asleep on the Job –  The Cost of Inadequate Sleep in Australia
    • 16:07 – 32:40 Assoc Prof Jack Stevens – Behavioural Economics
    • 32:40 – 32:55 More information on Sleep Economics
  • 32:55 – 34:12 Clinical tip: Consult outside your own field
  • 34:12 – 43:10 Pick of the month:
    • 34:12 – 34:44 David – Nudge – Book on behavioural economics
    • 34:44 – 35:55 Moira – The Conversation Hour – Discussion on sleep
  • 35:55 – 37:11 What’s coming up in sleep?

Next episode: December – Jet Lag 

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Presenters:

Guest interviews:

David HillmanProf David Hillman is head of the Department of Pulmonary Physiology and Sleep Medicine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Western Australia and director of the West Australian Sleep Disorders Research Institute. He is an anesthesiologist and sleep physician. His clinical and research interests are centred on respiratory and upper airway physiology and their relationship to sleep disorders and anesthesia. He has published extensively in related areas. Prof Hillman is a past president of the Australasian Sleep Association and founding chair of Australia’s Sleep Health Foundation.

 

Jack StevensAssoc Prof Jack Stevens, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University and a Clinical Psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is also an Investigator in the Center for Biobehavioral Health, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Stevens’ primary research is in the area of treatment approaches for a diverse number of pediatric conditions.

 

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 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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