Episode 20: Sleep 2017 Update

Interested in the latest research on sleep discussed by world experts? Check out this update from the Sleep 2017 meeting in Boston. With the help of Dr Simon Frenkel (Sleep Physician), we discuss the latest in sleep research, new sleep products and thinking in the management of sleep disorders.

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 – 01:46 Introduction
  • 01:45 – 07:43 What’s news in sleep?
    • 01:45 – 03:08 774ABC radio – Talking about sleep with Libbi Gorr
    • 03:08 – 04:47 Sleep Awareness Week
    • 04:47 – 05:03 Podcast on Winter Blues
    • 05:03 – 05:37 Sleep4Performance radio – new podcast from Ian Dunican
    • 05:37 – 07:05 Sleep Eating
  • 07:05 –  38:58 Theme – Sleep 2017 Update
    • 07:05 – 09:00 Background – Sleep 2017 Update
    • 09:00 – 25:25 Sleep in other conditions
      • Sleep in pain syndromes
      • Sleep in Alzheimer’s disease
      • Circadian rhythms and cancer
    • 25:25 – 31:51 Insomnia
      • Pharmacological treatment of insomnia
      • Short objective sleep phenotype in insomnia
    • 31:51 – 38:58 Sleep products
      • Ebb sleep
      • Didgeridoo playing for sleep apnea
  • 38:58 – 41:44 Clinical tip of the month – Need to tailor approaches to insomnia treatment
  • 41:44 – 47:50 Pick of the month:
    • 42:20 – 43:44 Simon – Late night tweeting and performance in NBA players
    • 43:44 – 46:06 David – The collapse of Hello
  • 46:06 – 47:46 What’s coming up in sleep?

Next episode: August 7th – Why treat OSA?

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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.

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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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