The Physical Performance Show: Dr David Cunnington (REWIRED) – Optimising Sleep for Health & Performance


In episode 351 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a rewired conversation with Dr David Cunnington, ‘Optimising Sleep for Health & Performance’ in this Expert Edition.

In this episode Dr David Cannington, Sleep Specialist, Medical Doctor and co-Director of the Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre debunks the concept of ‘rise and grind’ and explains why replacing it with ‘sleep in and win’ is a better approach.

Dr Cannington disregards the idea that there’s such a thing as sleep hygiene, talks through restless leg syndrome, discusses the causes of insomnia and provides evidence-based information around how we can optimise our sleep.

To listen to Episode 351:

Click the icon to listen to the interview on iTunes or listen using the Soundcloud player below

Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Dr David Cunnington’s typical week and bio
  • Approach to solving sleep problems
  • What happens in sleep cycle
  • Sleep Deprivation – categories and effects
  • Habits to make sleep easier
  • Role of Temperature and Lighting in your space
  • Causes of Insomnia
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Suggestions for getting up in the morning
  • Tips on sleep when travelling
  • Caffeine and Alcohol Effects
  • Screen Use – how can it affect sleep
  • Effectiveness of Melatonin and measurables
  • Role of sleep in bone density

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To follow Dr Cannington

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

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