Episode #17 Sleep Disorders in Elite Athletes with Johnpaul Caia

February 14, 2018

In today’s episode, I speak to Johnpaul Caia from University of Queensland. John Paul is a performance scientist for the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Club and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Queensland examining sleep and recovery methods in professional rugby league athletes. Prior to this, Johnpaul received his Bachelor's Degree and First-Class Honours in Human Movement from RMIT University, before completing his Master's Degree in Health and Sport Science at the University Memphis. Johnpaul has extensive sport science experience across multiple team sports at the professional, collegiate and junior levels and is interested strategies to improve the performance and recovery of athletes.

 In this episode of S4P Radio we cover

  • Short introduction and background
  • Why and how did you get interested in sleep and performance research?
  • Can you give an overview of your research and the groups that you work with?
  • Why did you conduct this study? Can you explain rugby league players anthropometric characteristics?
  • There is very little on this subjective (few studies in NFL and ice hockey), What was the aim/s of the study?
  • Methods, how did you do this? Objective/subjective measures
  • What did you find?
  • Did the results surprise you, the team and the management?
  • What does this mean in the context of improving athletic performance?
  • What is your next project?
  • What is your “number one sleep do” and “sleep don’t” for listeners?

 Contact Johnpaul

Email: Johnpaul.Caia@broncos.com.au

Twitter: @JohnpaulCaia

JPs research papers


Episode #016 Outrun Cancer with Luca Turrini

January 29, 2018

Luca Turrini is an ultra-runner athlete who runs marathons and ultramarathon on road, trails, around the track and even ran for 24 hours straight on a treadmill (breaking a Guinness World Record in the process)! For how crazy this may sound to many, most of the running he does is to raise funds for cancer prevention through his OUTRUNCANCER, not for profit. 

More information on Luca https://www.outruncancer.com/about/meet-luca/

Contact Luca

Luca Turrini
+61 (0) 40 6599821





Twitter @outruncancer 

Facebook www.facebook.com/outruncancer

What's the Outruncancer Corporate Treadmill Marathon: https://youtu.be/HTxw5GUU8pE

What's the 5in5 training program: https://www.lucaturrini.com/5marathonsin5days.html






Sleep Science Research #1 Introduction to PhD thesis: Sleep and Performance in Elite Combat and Contact Athletes

January 23, 2018

Ian Dunican has 20 yrs international professional experience in Health, Safety and Business Improvement in military, mining, rail, oil & gas, utilities. He is the Director of Melius Consulting/Sleep4Performance and a researcher with the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he works with elite sporting organisations/athletes to optimise performance with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and professional teams in Super Rugby, Australian Rules Football, Basketball and Martial Arts.

He regularly contributes to articles within the popular media and has been featured on the health report on ABC radio, numerous podcasts and has appeared on ABC television, Channel 7, Channel 10 and Channel 9 in Australia. He has authored and co-authored a number of scientific articles and technical reports and is a regular reviewer for scientific peer reviewed journals. He was a TEDxPerth 2017 speaker.


Sleep4Performance Radio Episode #15 Fatigue Management in High Risk Industries (Mining, Oil, Gas, Aviation, Rail)

January 15, 2018

Sleep4Performance Radio Episode #15

Fatigue Management in High Risk Industries (Mining, Oil, Gas, Aviation, Rail)

This week’s guest is Todd Dawson from Caterpillar (Yes, the company that makes big mining and construction equipment). Todd works with Caterpillar Safety Services as the Global Fatigue Solutions Manager.

Todd graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Biological Anthropology where he focused on circadian rhythms and hormones, writing a senior thesis on the effects of working night shift on human salivary cortisol. Todd went on to become a leader in the field of human fatigue management. Over the past 20 years he has worked all over the globe and in many industries implementing fatigue risk management systems, providing training to shiftworkers, and implementing technologies to mitigate fatigue. He also enjoys the great outdoors and is an avid fisherman and hunter as well as the occasional binge watcher of Vikings, Supernatural, Game of Thrones and documentaries. Todd currently lives just outside Boston, Massachusetts. 

Contact Todd Dawson
Fatigue Solutions Manager 
Caterpillar, Inc. 
cell: 617-759-2117 



Episode #14 Jason Donaldson -Fighting Christmas Fat

December 22, 2017

In this episode Jason returns to discuss how to stay fit and healthy over Christmas, how to use the breath to help your mental health and how to kick start the new year fitness goals.

Links to Jason and links discussed in the show

The Cell Coach






Power Speed Endurance/The Art of Breath





Meditation Apps




The Oxygen Advantage - Patrick McKeown


The Oxygen Advantage Book - http://amzn.to/2BKTxUE


Contact me iandunican@sleep4performance.com.au 

Go to www.sleep4performance.com.au for more information



Episode #13 Jacob Fiedler-Fatigue Science

November 30, 2017

Over the past 5-years, Jacob has worked with mining, transportation, construction and professional sports organizations to apply wearable technology and bio-mathematical science to optimize human performance and to improve productivity, safety and health. Recently, Jacob and Fatigue Science have been actively supporting firms responsible for delivery of Europe's largest construction project: Crossrail a $19-billion, 118-kilometre railway line under development in London, UK, that at its peak employed some 14,000 people. Jacob is based in Toronto, Canada.

Contact Jacob

Jacob Fiedler,

Sales Director, Fatigue Science



+1 (604) 408-0085 x124

+44 (020) 3884 1061


Music for this episode is courtesy of Bensound Click here

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Oh yeah and if you want to see an awesome performance of Insomnia by the Faithless …watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bHLifwHrN0


Episode #12 Reflection on TEDxPerth and Q & A

November 14, 2017

In this episode I discuss my recent TEDxPerth experience and address some recent questions from the audience, TEDx attendees and oteh commonly asked questions.


Ian C Dunican

Episode #11 Matt Pomery, Military, Mining and Ultra Running.

November 3, 2017

"Matt and I initially met over coffee to talk about running, after our partners had suggested we meet. Six months later we were training for an 100km mountain ultramarathon and he went on to complete the race, having not run more than a half marathon previously.  Through the course of the final stages of training, and the race itself, Matt was conned in to a sleep study by myself.

Matt is a father who enjoys gardening and getting out on the trails on the weekends. He has worked in small and large scale mining operations across Australia for 15 years, and also served in the Australian Army for 6 years.
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Episode #10 Dancing for your life, a tale of strength, fitness and happiness with Joanna Nicholas

October 19, 2017

In this episode, I speak to Joanna about her Ph.D. research at UWA. Joanna has spent over a decade in the fitness industry including 6 years as the regional Master Coach for the Australian Institute of Fitness (WA). With over 15 years of dance training and conditioning experience, Joanna fills her passion for teaching as a pole dancing instructor.
Joanna is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia and is conducting research into the science of pole dancing. The overall aim of her research is to build foundation knowledge on the psychological (participation motives and outcomes), physiological (metabolic and cardiovascular demand, fitness and body composition changes) and biomechanical (muscle activation, kinematics and injury surveillance) characteristics of pole dancing. 

Pole dancing has become a popular form of physical activity over the last 10 years; however, little research has been devoted to understanding pole dancing as a form of physical activity from an exercise science perspective. The outcomes of Joanna’s research will this assist in educating the community, health professionals and studio owners on the associated benefits, limitations and risks of pole dancing; plus serve as a platform for future research to be conducted in the areas of pole dancing psychology, physiology and biomechanics.


Contact details and social media

Email: joanna.nicholas@uwa.edu.au

Mobile: 0403 732 905

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/poledancingresearch/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoannaCNicholas

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/153151078358475/

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Joanna_Nicholas


Joanna is recruiting females for a training study looking at the effects of pole dancing on the body and mind. To be eligible participants must be female, over 18 years, uninjured and able to exercise, and have not participated in regular pole dancing classes in the past. Participants will attend a testing session at UWA completing a 2D DXA body composition scan, fitness tests and a survey. They will then attend two pole dancing classes a week (average 60 minutes in duration) for 8 weeks at a Perth-based studio before returning to UWA for follow up tests. Pole dancing terms commence late October so if interested please contact Joanna ASAP.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can sign up for the study? Females over 18 years that have not done regular pole dancing classesat a studio before.
  • Do I need to be really fit? No, so long as you are uninjured and in good health (medically cleared to exercise) you are able to participate.
  • What do I get in return for paying for my classes? You will receive two free 2D DXA body composition scans and fitness assessments which can cost up to $300 at an exercise clinic.  
  • Is it ok if the studio I choose doesn’t run 8 week terms? Yes. It is ok if your studio runs shorter or longer terms, so long as you complete your daily online training diary.
  • Can I attend classes at different studios? No. Unfortunately for consistency participants are required to attend all classes at the same studio.
  • Can I sign up for other aerial/fitness classes that the studio offers? No. For this study we require participants stick to two beginner pole classes a week (classes that involve learning beginner moves on a pole).
  • Can I start other new exercise regimes? No. It is important that your physical activity levels outside of your pole dancing classes remain minimal or at a level that is consistent to before starting the study. 

Keen to be on board? What to do next…

  • Choose and contact a studio - book and pay for 2 classes a week for one term (payment made directly to your studio)
  • Notify us of the studio you wish to attend and the date of your first class
  • Book pre-testing session at UWA
  • Include your contact phone number in your reply email

Episode #009 Sleep and extreme challenges with Gavin McClurg

October 6, 2017

In this episode #009, I have a chat with my new friend Gavin McClurg via Zoom. Gavin is based in Idaho, USA. I have recently been working with Gavin for his sleep/recovery and performance optimisation strategy in his lead up to the Red Bull X-Alps a paragliding / foot race across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco. In ten days Gavin flew 1560 kilometres, walked 498 (12+ marathons) and scaled 52,000 meters of vertical ascent on foot (Everest 5 times). Gavin makes my finish at Leadville 100 and other ultra-marathons look amateur with this impressive resume.

Gavin is no stranger to adventure and exploration. He is a 2015 National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” for his unpowered paragliding expedition across the Canadian Rockies. He became the first person to traverse the full length of the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider (unsupported) in 2016. He is the owner, founder and Captain of “Offshore Odysseys”, a global kitesurfing/surfing/sailing expedition. He has twice circumnavigated the world by sail, living at sea for 13 straight years, including short-handed roundings of both notorious capes (Horn and Good Hope). Gavin holds the current North American-record for foot launched cross-country paragliding, a flight of 240 miles deep into Montana from his home town of Sun Valley, Idaho.


Check out more on Gavin at

Facebook: facebook.com/gavinnmcclurg

Instagram: @gavinmcclurg

Twitter: @cloudbasemayhem

Website: www.cloudbasemayhem.com

Films: http://www.cloudbasemayhem.com/visual-delights/


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Contact me and feedback at iandunican@sleep4performance.com.au