Episode 10: Restless legs syndrome
Can’t sit still in meetings? Feel restless in the evenings or on getting in to bed? Can’t get to sleep because you just can’t keep your legs still? These are all symptoms of restless legs syndrome. Whilst for many people restless legs symptoms are annoying, but not very severe, for some people, restless legs can be a constant presence preventing them from getting to sleep every night. Dr John Swieca discusses restless legs syndrome and its treatment, and Kevin Monk shares his experience living with severe restless legs symptoms.
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 – 01:06 Introduction
- 01:06 – 03:01 What’s in the news about sleep?
- 03:01 – 03:41 Theme introduction: Restless legs syndrome
- 03:41 – 13:54 Guest interview – John Swieca: What is restless legs syndrome?
- 13:54 – 26:02 Guest interview – Kevin Monk: Living with restless legs
- 26:02 – 34:07 Discussion on restless legs syndrome – Moira and David
- 34:07 – 34:36 More information on restless legs syndrome
- 34:36 – 35:43 Clinical tip of the month
- 35:43 – 36:59 Pick of the month: Moira – Obesity in adolescent impacted by sleep as a toddler
- 36:59 – 40:37 Pick of the month: David – SAVE trial
- 40:37 – 42:19 What’s coming up in the next month?
Next episode (October 10th 2016): Healthy Sleep
Links mentioned in the podcast:
- Sleep as we get older – Moira on 612ABC Brisbane
- FAQs on sleep – Health-a-Porter
- SAVE study – New England Journal of Medicine
- What is restless legs syndrome?
- Treating restless legs syndrome
- Augmentation in restless legs syndrome – Video
- Living with narcolepsy – Podcast episode including interview with Jacqui Tomlins
- Marketing a malady to sell a drug – Wall Street Journal
- Bad Medicine: Restless legs syndrome – British Medical Journal
- Response to Bad Medicine: Restless legs syndrome – The Huffington Post
- Mindfulness for restless legs – Mindfulness Journal
- Jon Kabat-Zinn quote on Instagram – posted by Arianna Huffington
- Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation
- Bed times for toddlers and obesity in adolescents – Journal of Paediatrics
- SAVE study – New England Journal of Medicine
- What do the results of the SAVE study mean? – SleepHub commentary
- Idiopathic hypersomnia awareness week
Dr John Swieca has been the medical director of the Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre since returning from a Sleep Disorders Fellowship at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles in 1994. In his clinical practice, he cares for patients with a range of sleep disorders. Dr Swieca’s clinical interests are broad, although he specialises in the management of complex multi-factorial sleep disorders. Dr Swieca is open to a range of treatment strategies for sleep apnoea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, parasomnias and narcolepsy. He chairs the Sleep Physicians Group of the Australasian Sleep Association, the peak body representing sleep clinicians and researchers.
Kevin Monk has had restless legs over a number of years. Although Kevin has had a number of other health problems he rates restless legs as the thing that gives him the most trouble. Kevin generously gives an in-depth and personal account of how restless legs affects him and his experiences with treatment.
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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