Episode 26: Sleep Around the World

Understanding sleep beliefs and behaviours in different cultures can help better understand your own beliefs about sleep, and in turn change your expectations around sleep. In this episode we talk to Dr Andrew Beale on sleep in two communities in Mozambique, and Dr Himanshu Garg on sleep in India including common sleep problems, sleep behaviours and traditional beliefs 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 –  00:32 Introduction
  • 00:32 – 05:00 What’s news in sleep?
    • Catch up on sleep over the holiday period
    • Qantas’ Dreamliner – designed to reduce jet-lag
    • Socio-economic aspects of sleep
  • 03:22 – 41:23 Theme – Sleep in other cultures
    • 03:22 – 05:00 Why do cultural aspects of sleep matter?
    • 05:00 – 19:50 Dr Andrew Beale – Sleep in 2 communities in Mozambique
    • 19:50 – 22:23 How do people in Australia think about sleep?
    • 22:23 – 35:30 Dr Himanshu Garg – Sleep in India
    • 35:30 – 37:46 The cultural context of sleep
  • 37:46 – 39:00 Clinical tip: What’s your perspective?
  • 39:00 – 41:29 Pick of the month:
    • 39:00 – 40:04 Moira – Sleep in Jellyfish
    • 40:04 – 41:29 David – Dreaming in the World’s Religions – Kelly Bulkeley
  • 41:29 – 42:50 What’s coming up in sleep?

Next episode: February – Hyperarousal 

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Presenters:

Guest interviews:

Andrew BealeDr Andrew Beale is a research fellow at the University of Surrey. Andrew has a keen interest in taking basic research to improve everyday lives. As a research scientist, he has experience of both mechanistic molecular biology and broader epidemiological studies, specifically within the area of circadian rhythms and sleep. He is interested in how and why circadian rhythms are a feature of almost all organisms and how they impact our daily lives. Andrew has worked in a number of international, multi-disciplinary collaborations and have significant cross-cultural experience from research and personal perspectives. Andrew loves to share what he discovers through science communication, teaching and training.

Himanshu Garg

Dr Himanshu Garg is an experienced Respiratory, Critical care & Sleep disorders Physician. He has been trained extensively in India and Australia and was entrusted with the responsibility of setting up Respiratory & Sleep Medicine service at Medanta-The Medicity one of the largest facilities in India. He is playing a pioneering role in the emergence of sleep medicine in India and the region and working towards developing training pathways and curriculum pathways in sleep medicine. He was instrumental in setting up of first sleep lab in Nepal. He is the founder of South East Asian Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is currently heading the Respiratory Critical care and Sleep Medicine service at Artemis Hospitals.He is also the Director at Respiratory and Sleep Cure Solutions, Gurgaon.

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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