Episode 25: Jet Lag
Why do people get jet lag, and what can be done to reduce the effects of jet lag? In this episode, hear what Qantas is doing to help their passengers arrive fresh at their destination. With the introduction of new 787-9 Dreamliner planes and their ultra-long-haul route non-stop from Perth to London starting in March 2018, Qantas has invested heavily in strategies to reduce the effects of jet lag. You’ll also hear from the developer of the Entrain app on using the app to manage light exposure before, during and after travel to help your body acclimatise to your destination time zone.
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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00:00 – 00:43 Introduction
- 00:43 – 05:00 What’s news in sleep?
- Don’t drink and drive when sleep deprived
- A New Start – Making New Year’s resolutions that stick
- 05:00 – 41:23 Theme – Jet Lag
- 05:00 – 08:35 Why does jet lag happen?
- 08:35 – 21:33 Dr Olivia Walch – Entrain app: managing light to adjust to new time zones
- 21:33 – 35:29 Phil Capps – What is Qantas doing to reduce jet lag for passengers?
- 35:29 – 41:23 Managing jet lag
- 41:23 – 42:36 Clinical tip: Have a plan
- 42:36 – 45:41 Pick of the month:
- 42:36 – 43:40 Moira – Prof Steve Kay
- 43:40 – 45:41 David – Treating Sleep Problems: A Transdiagnostic Approach – Allison Harvey and Daniel Buysse
- 45:41 – 47:12 What’s coming up in sleep?
Next episode: January – Sleep in other cultures
Links mentioned in the podcast:
- Sleep deprivation effects on driving – Article in Nature 1997
- A New Start – Making New Year’s resolutions that stick – podcast episode
- Entrain app – Home page
- Entrain app – iOS app store
- A global quantification of “normal” sleep schedules using smartphone data – paper by Olivia Walch
- Collaboration between Qantas and Charles Perkins Centre
- Qantas Dreamliner
- Jet Lag – SleepHub post
- Prof Steve Kay
- Treating Sleep Problems: A Transdiagnostic Approach – Book by Allison Harvey and Daniel Buysse
- Sleep 2018
- Fourth International Conference on Sleep Disorders, October 12-14 2018 – Lucknow
Dr Olivia Walch is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan. Olivia’s current work is on the mathematics of sleep and circadian rhythms, and she recently achieved her PhD in applied mathematics. Olivia develops apps and developed the mobile application Entrain, which provides mathematically optimal schedules of light and dark to travellers crossing time zones. Olivia also draws and produces the webcomic Imogen Quest. You can find out more about Olivia’s work at her website OliviaWalch.com, or follow her on social media via Twitter or Instagram.
Phil Capps is Head of Customer Product & Service Development, Qantas. With a career spanning almost 20 years at Qantas Airways, Phil oversees a portfolio that encompasses every part of the customer journey. In his role, Phil and his team drive customer strategy, product development as well as hold responsibility for service standards in the air and on the ground. With almost two decades of experience Phil has held a number of operational and strategic roles with a speciality in fleet configuration, airport and lounge design as well rolling out new products such as the airline’s Auto Check-in and Q Streaming inflight entertainment. Qantas carries more than 50 million passengers every year and Phil and the rest of him are passionate to ensure every customer receives the best of Australian service while benefiting from the latest technology and cabin design.
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 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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