Episode 44: Alcohol and Sleep

Alcohol is commonly used as a sleep aid, but does it really help sleep? We talk with Dr Rowan Ogeil about the impact of alcohol on sleep as well as other health effects.

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 – 02:33 Introduction
  • 02:33 – 26:28 Theme – Alcohol and Sleep
  • 26:28 – 27:22 Clinical Tip
  • 27:22 – 29:50 Pick of the Month
  • 29:50 – 30:46 What’s Coming Up?

Next episode: Sharing a bed

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Dr Rowan Ogeil’s research has centred on understanding the impact that behaviours, particularly shift work and drug use, have on psychological outcomes, chiefly health and sleep states. Rowan’s research has employed translational methods across genetic, behavioural, and population levels to deliver significant impacts. To date he has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, many in leading journals. Rowan’s work is highly regarded both in Australia and internationally, and he has previously held an NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship, and an Australia-Harvard fellowship. Rowan coordinates a unit in the Monash University Masters of Addictive Behaviours, and contributes to other undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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 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 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. 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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