Episode 54: Sleep in Healthcare Workers

Healthcare workers often have to work shifts that can incorporate long hours and working at times they would normally be sleeping. This can lead to fatigue, sleep difficulties and impact health and performance. To understand these factors and how research is working towards finding solutions we interview Dr Julia Stone of Monash University.

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 – 04:15 Introduction
  • 04:15 – 21:30 Theme – Sleep in Healthcare Workers
  • 21:30 – 22:11 Clinical Tip
  • 22:11 – 23:55 Pick of the Month
  • 23:55 – 25:25 What’s Coming Up?

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Guest interview:

Dr Julia Stone is a Research Fellow in the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University. Her research interests include individual variability in circadian rhythms and sleep, the role of circadian disruption on health and performance, and computational modeling approaches for circadian phase estimation in applied field settings. Julia completed her PhD at Monash University and Alertness CRC investigating modelling sleep and circadian factors in healthcare workers. Julia’s recent research papers are available via her Monash University profile.

Connect with Julia on Twitter – @JStone_247

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. 

Connect with Moira on Twitter – @MoiraJunge

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 an International Sleep Medicine Specialist, Diplomate Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Registered Polysomnographic Technologist. David’s clinical practice covers all areas of sleep medicine and he is actively involved in training health professionals in sleep.

Connect with David on Twitter – @DavidCunnington. David also regularly posts information on sleep to his Facebook page.

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