Episode 8: Sleep 2016 Update

sleep 2016In this update from Sleep 2016, we discuss the latest research in hypersomnia, insomnia, circadian rhythms and sleep technologies. The Sleep meeting is the main conference for sleep and sleep disorders, where specialists from around the world meet and discuss the latest research and trends in sleep. This year the meeting was held in Denver, Colorado.

Joining regular hosts, Dr Moira Junge (Health Psychologist) and Dr David Cunnington (Sleep Physician) this month is guest co-host Dr Simon Frenkel (Sleep Physician).

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Audio Timeline:

  • 00:00 – 03:06 Introduction
  • 03:06 – 05:40 What’s in the news about sleep?
  • 05:40 – 06:03 Theme introduction: Sleep 2016 update
  • 06:03 –  23:37 Hypersomnia: diagnosis and treatment
  • 23:37 – 31:13 Insomnia
  • 31:13 – 35:04 Circadian rhythm
  • 35:04 – 36:56 Sleep technology / new products
  • 36:56 – 39:30 Take home messages from Sleep 2016
  • 39:30 – 40:34 Clinical pearl: More isn’t always the answer
  • 40:34 – 43:06 Pick of the month: Sleep Shepherd
  • 43:06 – 44:52 What’s coming up in sleep?

Next episode (August 8th 2016): Teens and Screens

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Guest interviews:

Dr Simon FrenkelDr Simon Frenkel is a Respiratory and Sleep Disorders Physician with more than 10 years experience. In addition to working at the Western Hospital in Melbourne, he is one of the Directors at Lung and Sleep Victoria where he consults in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine. His Sleep Medicine interests are diverse, with particular emphasis on non-respiratory sleep disorders and multidisciplinary models of care. He is actively involved in sleep education and is co-chair of the Sleep Physicians Council of the Australasian Sleep Association.


Jason OngAssoc Prof Jason Ong is a psychologist at Northwest University who specializes in Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Clinical Psychology. Jason’s research is in use of psychology-based treatments for sleep disorders such as insomnia and recently, narcolepsy and hypersomnia. Jason is also the President-Elect of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. He has published extensively on sleep disorders, including research on mindfulness as a treatment for insomnia and a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.

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.

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