The Physical Performance Show: Dr. David Cunnington – Sleep Specialist, Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre

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Dr David Cunnington

In episode 143 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Dr. David Cunnington – Sleep Specialist, Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre (Expert Edition)

Dr. Cunnington is a Specialist Sleep Physician who is the co-Director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre. It is a Multi-Disciplinary Sleep Clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Dr. Cunnington undertook his training in sleep medicine both in Australia and also at Harvard Medical School, Boston. In addition to David’s training in sleep medicine he has an international qualification in behavioural sleep medicine using non drug treatments to manage sleep. Dr. Cunnington is a prolific media spokesperson, you can find him in radio, TV, his own podcast, he is a sort out expert commentator on this phenomena of sleep. He’s a regular national and international key note speaker, he’s also had a water rave experience in the sporting field as he will share on this episode.

This is an episode not to be missed especially if you’ve ever wondered about your sleep, are you getting enough? Is it the best quality? How can you improve it? This episode will challenge your perceptions about your own sleep and perhaps liberate you to approach sleep differently and to not be so dogmatic about the do’s and don’ts.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Typical Week for Dr. Cunnington
  • Approach to solving sleep problems
  • Why do we sleep?
  • How can we have a better sleep
  • What happens in a sleep cycle
  • Sleep Deprivation – categories and effects
  • Habits to make sleep easier
  • Things to do to get a better sleep
  • Role of Temperature and Lighting in your bedroom
  • Causes of Insomnia
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Suggestions for getting up in the morning
  • Tips on sleep when travelling
  • Caffeine and Alcohol Effects
  • Screens – how can it affect sleep
  • Melatonin as a supplement
  • Role of sleep in bone density

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Quotes:

“Be respectful of sleep, create an appropriate space and then be ambivalent on what happens in that space.” – Best Advice
“Drop a sleep belief and cultivate your napping skills.” – Physical Challenge
“Don’t be sleep deprived and drive.”
“Sleep is designed to be disturbed from time to time.”
“Sleep deprivation is broken down into involuntarily and voluntarily.”
“We can’t make sleep come.”
“Try to manage your respect for sleep.”
“We need time off from getting stuff done.”
“As human beings we’re designed to sleep.”
“Sleep is one of those things in life that we can’t control.”
“People with tendency to worry are more likely to develop insomnia.”
“Approach it rationally.”
“Replace the Rise and Grind with Sleep-in and Win!”

To follow Dr. David Cunnington

LinkedIn: David Cunnington 
Twitter:  @David Cunnington
Facebook: @drdavidcunnington
Website: Dr. David Cunnington
Website: SleepHub
Podcast: SleepTalk

Timeline:

0:00 Start
02:03 Introduction to Dr. David Cunnington
04:00 Typical Week for Dr. Cunnington
06:58 Approach in solving sleep problems
08:00 Why do we sleep?
10:05 How to have a better sleep
11:50 What happens in sleep cycle
19:38 Sleep Deprivation – categories and effects
22:46 Habits to do to make sleep easier
25:00 Things to do to make a better sleep
27:14 Role of Temperature and Lighting in your bedroom
32:53 Causes of Insomnia
34:34 Restless Leg Syndrome
37:20 Suggestions for getting up in the morning
42:35 Tips on sleep when travelling
46:10 Caffeine and Alcohol Effects
50:20 Personality Question Round
52:37 Screens – how can it affect sleep
55:10 Melatonin as a supplement to sleep
59:16 Role of sleep in bone density
1:00:25 Physical Challenge
1:02:56 Dr. Cunnington Social Media Handles
1:07:00 Finish

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People Mentioned

Dalai Lama – Spiritual Leader
John Kepertsin – Professor University of Boston
JA (John Allan) Hobson – Harvard Medical School Professor

For questions and comments about this Episode

Send to the show host @Brad_Beer (Twitter)

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