The Healthy Shift Worker

HSW 88: Sleep and Yoga with Dr Carmel Harrington and Jennie Blevins

Episode 88
29, Aug, 2019
}43 Minutes

Show Notes

When it comes to our health, there are many pillars, but none is more important than sleep – especially if you work 24/7!

So in today’s podcast, we’re talking with Dr Carmel Harrington who holds a PhD in Sleep Medicine from Sydney University, along with yoga instructor veteran Jennie Blevins on how a regular practice of yoga can be one of the best ways to foster better sleep.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why sleep is incredibly important for our health, yet many of us are not respecting it
  • What areas of our health become affected by lack of sleep
  • Why we need to be preserving, protecting and prioritizing our sleep as our life depends on it – because it quite literally does!
  • How using yoga to support the nervous system can assist the body in drifting off to sleep
  • Two yoga poses that are great to do prior to sleep to help reduce anxiety, switch off a racing mind, and calm a frazzled nervous system
  • How to use yoga, movement and certain breathing practices to improve alertness and energy

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Dr Carmel Harrington’s website –

Jennie Blevin’s website –

Yoga & Sleep Workshop in Byron Bay (September 2019) –

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Audra Starkey interviews experts on sleep, nutrition, weight management, stress relief and all topics relevant to shift work health. This fun, informative and engaging podcast will leave you feeling inspired to truly be a healthy shift worker.

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