Episode 1: Insomnia – What is it? How is it treated?

insomniaMoira and David introduce themselves and the Sleep Talk podcast as well as discussing insomnia, including what insomnia is and how it’s treated. This month’s guest interview is with Dr Curt Gray (psychiatrist) on managing insomnia with anxiety and depression. Dr Moira Junge (Health Psychologist) and Dr David Cunnington (Sleep Physician) host the monthly podcast, Sleep Talk, talking about all things sleep.

Audio Timeline:

  • 00:00 – 04:05 Welcome to Sleep Talk – a new podcast on sleep
  • 04:05 – 12:30 Who are your hosts?
  • 12:30 – 17:00 What’s in the news about sleep this month?
  • 17:00 – 24:53 Insomnia – What is it? How is it approached and managed?
  • 24:53 – 34:18 Guest interview – Dr Curt Gray: A psychiatrist’s approach to insomnia.
  • 34:18 – 35:36 Clinical tip of the month – Listen to emotion in language around sleep
  • 35:36 – 39:30 Pick of the month: Paper on sleep in pre-historic societies / CBTi Coach

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Guest interview:

Dr Curtis GrayDr Curt Gray is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has been a registered psychiatrist with the Medical Board of Queensland since 1993.  From that time he ran a successful Brisbane private practice in general adult psychiatry and attended the Princess Alexandra Hospital as a Visiting Medical Officer.  From early 2007 to late 2010 he held the position of Clinical Director, and Senior Specialist, at the Gold Coast Hospital Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service. Dr Gray is now in private practice at New Farm Clinic and mlcoa. He has a major clinical interest, and considerable experience, in the area of Sleep Disorders Medicine, especially the assessment and management of insomnia disorders.  He is a recent member of the RANZCP Federal Committee for Examinations and is a member of the Australasian Sleep Association, where he is involved in the Special Interest Group on Insomnia.

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 sleep disorders.

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