Episode 9: Teens and Screens

teens and screensTeenagers who can’t get out of bed in the morning or can’t get to sleep at night are a common problem we see in the clinic. They can be up late on their smartphones and tablets consuming content or interacting via social media. What impact does the light from these screens have on sleep? Does light from screens impact on the sleep of adults as well? We explore these questions with Dr Sean Cain, an expert in the effects of light on sleep and health from Monash University.

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 – 02:52 Introduction
  • 02:52 –  05:09 What’s in the news about sleep?
  • 05:09 – 36:45 Theme: Teens & Screens
  • 36:45 – 38:16 Clinical tip of the month – Sleep diaries aren’t a good measure of circadian function
  • 38:16 – 39:20 Pick of the month: Moira – Patricia Merx- Won’t go to sleep – New Yorker Radio Hour
  • 39:20 – 40:02 Pick of the month: David – Australian swim team using blue-light blocking glasses
  • 40:02 – 40:50 Pick of the month: Sean – Constraint associated with earlier circadian phase
  • 40:50 – 42:16 What’s coming up in sleep?

Next episode (Sept 5th 2016): Restless legs syndrome

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Guest host:

Sean Cain

Dr 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 a Lecturer at Harvard Medical School and a tenured Senior Lecturer 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 two current NHMRC grants.

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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