Episode 6: Sleep in New Parents

Sleep in new parentsNew parents often have to deal with disturbed sleep. What impact does this have and what can be done to reduce these impacts? Dr Bei Bei from Monash University and The Royal Women’s Hospital discusses what the research in this area shows.

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

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Audio Timeline:

  • 00:00 – 05:08 What’s in the news about sleep?
  • 05:08 – 06:48 Theme introduction: Sleep in New Parents
  • 05:36 –  25:53 Guest interview – Dr Bei Bei
  • 25:53 – 28:57 Summing up: Sleep in New Parents
  • 28:57 – 30:50 Clinical tip of the month – Build your team and have a plan
  • 30:50 – 31:52 Pick of the month: Moira – Baby Love by Robin Barker
  • 31:52 – 32:54 Pick of the month: David – Royal Society report on sleep
  • 32:54- 34:17 What’s coming up in the next month?

Next episode (June 13th 2016): Too busy to sleep? Sleep in business.

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Guest interview:

Dr Bei BeiDr Bei Bei is a Clinical Psychologist and sleep researcher with a focus on sleep problems as well as co-existing mood, anxiety, and stress-related disorders.  She is a Lecturer at the Monash School of Psychological Sciences, and co-chair of the Insomnia and Sleep Health Special Interest Group of the Australasian Sleep Association.  Dr. Bei is experienced with adult, adolescent, and perinatal populations, and works collaboratively with clients in improving sleep and overall wellbeing.  Her primary approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (including CBT for Insomnia), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy.

Regular hosts:

Dr Moira Junge

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 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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