Episode 4: Sleep and Sport

sleep and sportWhat’s the role of sleep in optimising sporting performance? What are some strategies around sleep athletes can put in to place? Not sleeping well, how can you reduce the impact of poor sleep and travel? To discuss these questions, Moira and David are joined by Ian Dunican from Sleep4Performance and Sarah Wall from NETFIT Netball.

Dr Moira Junge (Health Psychologist) and Dr David Cunnington (Sleep Physician) host the monthly podcast, Sleep Talk, talking about all things sleep.

Audio Timeline:

  • 00:00 – 01:27 Introduction
  • 01:27 – 04:46 What’s in the news about sleep?
  • 04:46 – 06:58 Theme introduction: Sleep and sport
  • 06:58 – 23:41 Guest interview: Ian Dunican – Sleep and sporting performance
  • 23:41 – 35:39 Guest interview: Sarah Wall – What else can athletes do to optimise performance?
  • 35:39 – 36:06 Where to find our guests online
  • 36:06 – 37:22 Clinical tip of the month – Don’t try too hard to sleep
  • 37:22 – 38:28 Pick of the month: Moira – Strategies for sleep for athletes
  • 38:28 – 40:56 Pick of the month: David – Online CBT for insomnia & depression symptoms
  • 40:56 – 42:41 What’s coming up in sleep? Next month – Living with narcolepsy

Relevant Links:


Guest interview:

Ian DunicanIan Dunican has 18 year’s international experience (Ireland, Australia, Lebanon, South Africa, Canada, Mozambique & USA) as a leader in project management , business improvement and health, safety, within the mining industry and military. Ian has built on that experience and his passion for sport to work with elite athletes and sports teams on managing their sleep for optimal performance via Sleep4Performance. Ian has a passion for lifelong learning and continuous growth and development and is currently undertaking a PhD looking at sleep and performance in elite athletes.

Connect with Ian on Twitter and Facebook, or checkout his blog.

Sarah WallSarah Wall is an elite netballer who played for Melbourne Phoenix and Vixens, Queensland Firebirds and Sydney Swifts. As part of that experience Sarah has had her fair share of life on the road, and still does with her new ventures such as Jeanieboy and NetFit Netball, travelling the length and breadth of Australia inspiring young women to be their best using netball and fitness to deliver positive messages around physical and mental health.

Connect with Sarah on Twitter and Instagram, and check out her new site NETFIT netball.

Regular hosts:

Dr Moira JungeDr 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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