Episode 58: Lighting and Sleep
How does lighting impact on sleep and health? Is it really a big deal? To understand the interaction between lighting, sleep and health we spoke to Assoc Prof Sean Cain, a leading expert in lighting research, from 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 – 25:00 Theme – Lighting and Sleep
- 25:00 – 26:32 Clinical Tip
- 26:32 – 31:10 Pick of the Month
- 31:10 – 32:50 What’s Coming Up?
Next episode: Sleep and Suicide
Links mentioned in the podcast:
- A Prof Sean Cain’s Monash University profile
- Research paper on environmental impact of light
- Lighting environment in hospitals
- Editorial on healthy hospital lighting
- Center for Environmental Therapeutics
- When Brains Dream – book
- Acupuncture and insomnia – systematic review
- Circadian mechanisms in medicine – New England Journal of Medicine
Assoc Prof Sean Cain has many years of experience in the field of sleep and circadian rhythms research in both animal and human models. Dr Cain is currently the president of the Australasian Chronobiology Society. He has trained in the conduct of human circadian rhythms and sleep research at Harvard Medical School where he studied the impact of sleep and circadian misalignment on health. Dr Cain is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University. Sean has many years experience in the field of sleep and circadian rhythms research in both animal and human models and is the primary investigator on a number of grants. Follow Sean on Twitter at @circadian247
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.
Connect with Moira on Twitter – @MoiraJunge
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 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.
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