Episode 35: Sleeping Pills
What are the common sleeping pills used for insomnia? When should they be used and what should you look out for when using sleeping pills? We address these questions and more with the help of Prof Wallace Mendelsen who also discusses the history of using substances to help with sleep, which puts current practice in perspective.
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 / Chapters:
00:00 – 02:29 Introduction
- 02:29 – 31:03 Theme – Sleeping Pills
- 31:03 – 32:33 Clinical tip
- 32:33 – 35:33 Pick of the month
- 35:33 – 36:45 What’s coming up in sleep?
Next episode: Napping
Links mentioned in the podcast:
- Sleep Awareness Week
- Sleep Down Under meeting
- SEAASM meeting
- Phase 3 clinical trial of sodium oxybate for narcolepsy
- Phase 3 clinical trial of ACT-541468 for insomnia
- What medications are used for insomnia in Australia? – Research paper
- Natural history of insomnia – Research paper
- Understanding Sleeping Pills – book
- Medication for Insomnia – blog post
- Insomnia: prevalence, consequences and effective treatment – Review paper
- Wide Awake and Dreaming – Audio book
- Sex Lies and Pharmaceuticals – Book
Prof Wallace Mendelson has more than forty years of experience in sleep research and clinical care. He is retired professor of psychiatry and clinical pharmacology and former director of the Sleep Research Laboratory at the University of Chicago, and former president of the Sleep Research Society. Among his honors is the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award from the American Sleep Disorders Association/American Academy of Sleep Medicine as well as a Special Award in Sleep and Psychiatry from the National Sleep Foundation, and he is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Mendelson has authored or co-authored four books related to sleep, co-edited another, and published over 190 peer-reviewed papers on various aspects of sleep research. His website, describing his interests, a blog devoted to literature, as well as a downloadable curriculum vitae, can be found here.
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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