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Sleep Junkies spans the whole conversation about sleep. Interviews with sleep experts, thought-leaders and advocates talking about sleep-centric topics to do with health, science, culture, technology and the sleep industry.

Sleep Junkies spans the whole conversation about sleep. Interviews with sleep experts, thought-leaders and advocates talking about sleep-centric topics to do with health, science, culture, technology and the sleep industry.
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Sleep Junkies spans the whole conversation about sleep. Interviews with sleep experts, thought-leaders and advocates talking about sleep-centric topics to do with health, science, culture, technology and the sleep industry.




The Nocturnal Brain with Dr Guy Leschziner

We talk with Guy Leschziner, world-renowned neurologist, sleep physician and the author of a new book, The Nocturnal Brain: Tales of Nightmares and Neuroscience, a fascinating journey interweaving real life stories with cutting edge sleep science. This episode’s guest: Dr Guy Leschziner is a consultant neurologist at London Bridge Hospital, the Cromwell Hospital and within the Department of Neurology and Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals. He is the clinical lead for...


The great sleep tracker debate - Part 2

Download PDF Transcript What are the barriers for consumer sleep wearables being taken seriously as accurate, reliable sleep measurement tools by the research and clinical communities? In the second part of this discussion we talk about the problems of proprietary algorithms, raw data access, and the challenges that need to be met by both science and commerce. For Part 1 of the discussion see: Skip to sections: 2:52 The...


The great sleep tracker debate - Part 1

Download PDF Transcript How accurate is your sleep tracker? Are consumer sleep wearables good enough to used for research and clinical purposes? Join us as we navigate the complex issues surrounding marketing claims, scientific validation, reliability, raw data and why 'black boxes' technology is an impediment to research. In this first instalment of a 2-part episode, we talk about the rapid improvement that consumer sleep tracker have made in a short amount of time, and how, compared to...


Yoga, meditation and integrative sleep therapies

Using yoga, meditation and a range of complimentary physical therapies, our guest today, integrative sleep therapist and trainer Deidre O'Connor tells the story of her very personal journey to solving her sleep problems. Skip to sections: 2:51 Introduction 4:05 The decision to travel and study yoga in India 4:45 Bihar School of Yoga, travelling to Thailand, Buddhist monasteries 6:46 How yoga, meditation is conceived in India, contrasted with Western notions 8:22 Yoga and meditation, it's not...


The science of dreams and dreaming: a brief history

From the earliest civilisations to the present day, humans have been fascinated by the many mysteries of dreams and dreaming. But in the 20th century, the discovery of REM sleep kickstarted a new era of scientific enquiry in dream research. We talk to sleep and dream researcher Dr Antonio Zadra about the history of dream research, from ancient ideas, to the leading modern theories of the function of dreams. Skip to sections: 1:45 Introduction 2:30 The lucid dream that inspired Dr Zadra's...


Behind the headlines: Sleep research roundup March 2019

We invited our regular guest Dr Neil Stanley to take a look at some of the most recent scientific publications from the world of sleep research.With so many discoveries being made in the field we take a look at just four sleep science stories that have crossed into the mainstream press. We analyse the findings, examine how and why the results are significant and ask what the implications for these new discoveries yields for future findings. 1:45 Introduction 3:22 Study 1: Adults enjoy better...


Timeshifter - fighting jet lag with light

Timeshifter is new app for treating jet lag based on research using timed-light exposure to shift your circadian rhythms quickly into your new time zone. We speak to CEO Mickey Beyer-Clausen about the first science-based integrative solution to effectively treat the symptoms of jetlag. Skip to highlights 03:14 Introducing Mickey Beyer-Clausen 05:24 The significant consequences of jet lag for business and vacations 08:07 Common myths, hacks and misconceptions about jet lag 08:24 Why generic...


Can plants and herbs play a role in sleep medicine?

An in-depth conversation with licensed naturopathic doctor Josh Corn about using natural medicine to treat sleep problems. We discuss different herbs and supplements, dispel some of the myths about naturopathy and why public perceptions are often wrong. Skip to highlights 03:23 Introducing Dr Josh Corn 04:59 Dr Josh Corn's training and research background 06:10 What is a naturopath? How does naturopathy fit into the wider world of medicine and healthcare 08:10 How and why natural medicine...


Hacking light for optimal sleep and circadian biology

A practical guide to optimising your sleep and circadian biology with light exposure in the day and blocking blue light at night. We talk to Thaddeus Owen, the Primal Hacker about blue light blocking glasses, getting naked outdoors in the morning and lots more. Skip to highlights 1:44 What is biohacking? 4:57 Dave Asprey and modifying your biology 6:20 The pivotal moment when Thaddeus decided to pursue a life of optimal health 9:00 Primal Hacker: combining cutting edge science and...


Solving sleep problems in school-age children

We talk to clinical child psychologist Professor Michael Gradisar of Flinders University in Australia about his new book which looks at evidence-based techniques and strategies to help school age children with insomnia, parasomnias and other sleep problems. Episode Highlights 02:04 Introducing Professor Michael Gradisar 03:44 Dr Leon Lack and Flinders University history of sleep education 05:38 Specialising in sleep interventions for school age children 08:36 What types of sleep problems do...


The impact of daylight saving time on sleep and circadian timing

A new report looks at the widespread impact of daylight saving time and how circadian disruptions affect every aspect of our sleep and health. We talk to lead author, Dr Miguel Meira e Cruz about the scientific consensus that's building about the harmful effects of DST. Episode Highlights 02:45 Introducing Dr Miguel Meira e Cruz 04:13 Recent proposals to abolish Daylight Saving Time (DST) 06:11 The origins and history of Daylight Saving Time 09:33 Sleep is only one of the many functions...


What is CBT-I? Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia explained

CBT-I is a cognitive and behavioral-based therapy that is rapidly becoming a first line treatment for insomnia around the world. We ask psychologist and neuroscientist Dr Lindsay Browning to explain what CBT-I is, how it works, and why it's so effective. Skip to highlights 02:04 introduction to Dr Lindsay Browning 03:51 the importance of a checking a sleep expert's credentials 08:49 the difference between counselling and cognitive therapy 11:19 intentional bias and how negative thoughts...


The art and science of the power nap - with sports physician Kasper Janssen

Exploring the science and practice of power napping with sports physician Kasper Janssen. We look at the physical and cognitive benefits of napping and explain the practical steps how to manage naps at work and in your fitness regime. Episode Highlights 3:04 introducing Dr Kasper Janssen 5:38 myths and misconceptions about napping 6:12 the different cultures of napping round the world 6:47 how siesta culture is dying out 8:59 naps, consolidated sleep, biphasic sleep and polyphasic sleep...


Behind the Headlines: Sleep Research Roundup Dec 2018

With new scientific discoveries being reported in the news and media on almost a daily basis, it's often hard to keep up with all the latest findings, so join us as we select just 4 recent publications from the world of sleep science, exploring the studies themselves, but also the wider context that new sleep research is reported in the media. The four news stories we look at are: [7:20] "Not just blue light, study says prolonged screen time alone disrupts sleep"...


5 mattress buying mistakes from bed industry veteran Jerry Chesire

Bed industry veteran Jerry cuts through the hype and gives us the low down on what's really important about choosing the right mattress, and offers advice you won't commonly find on the internet. Skip to highlights 03:14 Introducing Jerry Cheshire the Beducator 05:48 The mattress industry from the 1990's to 'the disruptors' 08:25 Mattress types explained 10:19 The dominance of foam mattresses 12:19 Mistake #1: You don't try before you buy 18:22 Mistake #2: Assuming a firm mattress is best...


Measuring the sleeping brain - EEG and the future of wearables - 003

We talk to Curzio Vasapollo about the practicalities and challenges of measuring the sleeping brain using EEG (electroencephalography). We also discuss what happens in a sleep lab vs tracking your sleep at home, AI, biotech and loads more Episode Highlights: 03:52 Description of ZMax platform 04:13 Zmax applications - research, lucid dreaming, neuro-feedback 07:47 What is EEG? 12:01 Misconceptions of 'brain-waves' 15:24 What is a hypnogram? 16:58 What is light sleep (N1 sleep)? 19:46 N2...


A video game to cure snoring?

Inspired by a bizarre sleep study involving the Australian digeridoo, Dr Brian Krohn has developed Soundly, an app that turns a proven clinical therapy for snoring into a fun, retro video game. Episode Highlights 1:47 Introducing Dr Brian Krohn 2:41 What is the Soundly app? 4:16 Dr Brian Krohn explains his eclectic career 6:46 Academia and business. Oil and water? 8:50 Creating a research-led product 10:06 From climate change research to sleep science 14:46 A brief overview of snoring 18:06...


Busting 7 common sleep myths with Dr Neil Stanley

We take a deep dive to bust 7 of the most common and pervasive sleep myths with Dr Neil Stanley. Having spent the last 36 involved in sleep research and education, Dr Stanley is well qualified to join us on our myth-busting journey today. Episode Highlights 01:53 Introducing Dr Neil Stanley 03:22 What is a sleep expert? 11:00 Myth 1: Sleep is a passive activity 18:59 Myth 2: The older you get the less sleep you need 25:10 Myth 3: You can catch up with sleep at the weekends 31:16 Myth 4: You...