Episode 50: Sleeping in the Heat

When the weather gets warm it can be harder to sleep. But what does the heat actually do to sleep and what can be done to help sleep better on hot nights? To help answer these questions we talk with Dr Kazue Okamoto-Mizuno from Tohoku Fukoshi Univeristy, Sendai, Japan. Dr Okamoto-Mizuno has researched the relationship between sleep and temperature for 20 years.

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 / Chapters:

  • 00:00 – 03:37 Introduction
  • 03:37 – 22:33 Theme – Sleeping in the Heat
  • 22:33 – 23:43 Clinical Tip
  • 23:43 – 28:50 Pick of the Month
  • 28:50 – 29:59 What’s Coming Up?

Next episode: Sleep in Teenagers

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Guest interviews:

Dr Kazue Okamoto-Mizuno is a researcher from Tohoku Fukoshi Univeristy, Sendai, Japan. Dr Okamoto-Mizuno’s original research was on textiles, which led to researching the effect of temperature on sleep. Dr Okamoto-Mizuno has been researching the relationship between sleep and temperature for 20 years and published a number of peer reviewed papers on the topic. 

Links to Dr Okamoto-Mizuno’s research can be found via her Research Gate page.


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 is actively involved with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) and a board member of the Sleep Health Foundation. She has presented numerous workshops for psychologists and is involved with Monash University with teaching and supervision commitments. She is one of the founders and 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. 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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