Episode 17: Headache and Sleep

headaches and sleep

Headache is a common symptom in people with sleep disorders. Headache can also cause sleep problems. We discuss the link between headache and sleep, as well as some simple sleep strategies to improve both headache and sleep. In this episode we are joined by expert neurologists, Dr Andrew Evans and Dr Anne Calhoun.

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 – 00:52 Introduction
  • 00:52 – 07:43 What’s news in sleep?
    • 00:52 – 02:33 World Sleep Day
    • 02:33 – 6:30 Daylight Saving Time
  • 06:30 – 31:37 Theme – Headache
    • 06:30 – 09:40 Background – Headache and Sleep
    • 09:40 – 18:00 Guest interview – Andrew Evans
      • Headache syndromes
      • Who should be sent to a neurologist?
      • Hyper-mobility syndromes and headache
      • How are headaches treated?
    • 18:00 – 31:04 Guest interview – Anne Calhoun
      • Link between headache and sleep
      • Reducing headache by improving sleep
    • 31:04 – 34:05 Summary – Headache and Sleep
  • 33:37 – 32:37 Clinical tip of the month – Simple things can give big results
  • 32:37 – 35:55 Pick of the month:
    • 32:37 – 33:40 Moira – A Mindful Way – online mindfulness course for insomnia
    • 33:40 – 35:55 David – Sleep – Book of quotes on sleep
  • 35:55 – 38:22 What’s coming up in sleep?

Next episode: May 1st – Mindfulness and Sleep

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Guest interview:

Dr Andrew Evans trained at the Royal Melbourne, Western Hospitals and the Kingston Centre. He spent over 4 years in a movement disorders fellowship at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, UK. Dr Evans is the current director of the Movement Disorders Service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has published extensively on the disease particularly addressing symptoms that impact on the quality of life of sufferers and heads a number of clinical research trials. In addition to his research, he is also a member of the Melbourne Health Ethics Committee. Dr Evans’ private practice is at Richmond Neurology.

Anne Calhoun squareDr Anne Calhoun is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.  She completed her internship and residency at the University of Tennessee/Baptist Memorial Hospital.  Dr. Calhoun is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Headache Medicine, and Menopause.  Her interests include women’s issues in headache, menstrual migraine, and sleep disorders in headache.  Dr Calhoun has published on sleep in people with migraine and the impact of improving sleep on headaches. and practices at the Carolina Headache Institute in Durham, North Carolina.

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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