Episode 7: Too busy to sleep?

Too busy to sleep

Are you too busy to sleep? Does it matter? What effect could a lack of sleep have on your health and productivity? We try to answer these questions and more about sleep and work with the help of Dr Christopher Barnes from University of Washington and Simon Kinsella from CPConsulting.

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

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Audio Timeline:

  • 00:00 – 07:00 Busyness and sleep
  • 07:00 – 09:35 What’s in the news about sleep?
  • 09:35 – 13:23 Theme: Too busy to sleep
  • 13:23 – 26:12 Guest interview – Christopher Barnes
  • 26:12 – 41:11 Guest interview – Simon Kinsella
  • 41:11 – 42:08 Where to go for more information on busyness and sleep
  • 42:08 – 43:42 Clinical tip of the month – Good Sleep: It’s Not About the Night
  • 43:42 – 45:48 Pick of the month: Moira – ACP guidelines for treatment of insomnia
  • 45:48 – 46:50 Pick of the month: David – Dangerously Sleepy (book)
  • 46:50 – 48:51 What’s coming up in the next month?

Next episode (July 11th 2016): Sleep 2016 Update

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Guest interviews:

Christopher Barnes Dr Christopher Barnes is an Assistant Professor of management in the Foster School of Business in the University of Washington. Chris’s primary research interest is sleep as it relates to workplace antecedents and outcomes. His research on sleep has been published in top management and applied psychology outlets such as the Academy of Management Review and the Journal of Applied Psychology. His research on sleep has also received coverage from many popular press outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, MSNBC News, and The Huffington Post.

Connect with Christopher on Twitter

Simon KinsellaSimon Kinsella is a registered psychologist with more than 30,000 hours of executive coaching, psychotherapy, mentoring and supervision. Simon coaches executives and individuals who are interested in improving any aspect of their performance. Simon is highly sought-after by clients for managing psychological risk, in particular his expertise at supporting people in the media spotlight. He is the series psychologist for Masterchef Australia and is a regular media commentator on psychological issues, working with organisations including the Seven Network and 3AW. As a director of CPConsulting, he leads a team providing the highest quality coaching, counselling, advisory and assessment services to business and to individuals.

Connect with Simon on Twitter.

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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