Episode 36: Naps
Are naps a good idea? How long should naps be? How can you get better at napping? Listen to this episode of Sleep Talk as we tackle these questions with the help of nativist Thea O’Connor of NapNow.
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 – 01:19 Introduction
- 01:19 – 25:55 Theme – Naps
- 25:55 – 27:30 Clinical Tip
- 27:30 – 30:16 Pick of the Month
- 30:16 – 31:40 What’s Coming Up?
Next episode: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Links mentioned in the podcast:
- Parliamentary Inquiry in to Sleep Health
- Powernap Register
- Sleep Health Foundation Factsheet
- SleepHub Blog on Naps
- Napping. A psychologist’s perspective.
- Night School – Book
- Dangerously Sleepy – Book
Thea O’Connor (B Sc, BND), is a nativist, wellbeing and productivity advisor, writer, speaker and coach. She has over 25 years experience in the health sector ranging from her background as a dietitian through to her current role as a senior advisor on workplace wellbeing. She’s always loved her work, because she does what she loves: challenging and reshaping the socio-cultural norms that make us sick.Since discovering napping over ten years ago while running her workplace health consultancy in Melbourne, Thea has never had to struggle through the afternoon slump again.
View Thea’s website 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 is actively involved with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) and a board member of the Sleep Health Foundation. She has presented numerous workshops for psychologists and is involved with Monash University with teaching and supervision commitments. She is one of the founders and 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. 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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