Australian Centre for Education in Sleep TM

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co-authored by Sarah Blunden,
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Publications And Newsletters

Books

Blunden SL, Willcocks A. (2012). The Sensible Sleep Solution: a guide to your baby’s sleep in the first year. Wakefield Press, Adelaide. (Published April 2012 and online).

Blunden SL, Thompson K (2013). The Boss Of My Sleep Book: Sleep solutions for Toddlers. Available online at www.snoozeforkids.com

Book Chapters

Benveniste TC, Thompson K, Blunden SL. (2012). With age comes knowledge? Sleep knowledge in Australian children. In: Zhou X, Sargent C (Eds). Sleep of Different Populations. Australasian Chronobiology Society Conference Publication: pp.11-15.

Blunden S. (2013). Chronotherapy for treatment of severe sleep phase delay in an adolescent girl. In: Sargent C, Zhou X (Eds). Sleep, performance and well-being in adults and adolescents. Australasian Chronobiology Society, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 31-35.

Drew BJ, Blunden S, Clarkson L, Searle A, Banks S, Olds T (2013). Sleepy schoolboy blues? Sleep and depression across the school term. In: Sargent C, Zhou X (Eds). Sleep, performance and well-being in adults and adolescences. Australasian Chronobiology Society, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 25-31.

Blunden S, Etherton H, Hauck Y, Rainbird S, Caputi P. (2015). Early intervention sleep education for families: Why is it important? In: Kennedy & Kennaway (Eds). Time of your life. Australasian Chronobiology Society Conference proceedings, Melbourne, Australia, p 45-50

Blunden S. (2015). Sleep psychology: contributions to the debate on media usage in children. In: Handley L, Colin C, (Eds). Media Usage in Children. Harvard Press, New York. p219-242.

Peer reviewed paper

Attard K, Blunden S, Clarkson L. (2017).  Australian Indigenous Paediatric Sleep: A Descriptive Snapshot. Australian Aboriginal Studies Journal (in press)

Blunden S. (2016).Why we should care about the type of sleep intervention offered: A commentary on Symon & Crichton. Singapore Medical Journal. (in press)

Smith B, Hazelton P, Thompson K, Trigg J, Etherton E, Blunden S. (2016) Who's been sleeping in my bed? Accommodating pets as (well as) partners in studies. Human Nature (in press).

Blunden S, Etherton H, Hauck Y. (2016). Resistance to cry intensive sleep interventions in young children: Are we ignoring children’s cries or parental concerns? Children 3, (8) 1-5. doi:10.3390/children3020008

Spooner, R., Lushington, K., Keage, H.A., Blunden, S., Kennedy, J.D., Schembri, M., Wabnitz, D., Martin, A.J., & Kohler, M.J. (2016). Cognition, temperament and cerebral blood flow velocity in toddlers and preschool aged children with sleep disordered breathing or behavioural insomnia of childhood. Sleep Medicine 21, 77–85

Blunden S. (2016) Leaving babies to cry has no long term impact on infants: A commentary on Gradisar et al. Pediatrics 137(6) http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/137/6/e20151486.comments

Benveniste T, Blunden S, Thomas K. (2016). Putting Children’s Sleep Problems to Bed: Towards a theoretical foundation for more successful sleep education programs. Children 3(3). http://www.mdpi.com/2227-9067/3/3/11/htm

Zarnowiecki, D, Cho, J, Wilson, A, Bogomolova S, Villani A, Itsiopoulos C, Niyonsenga T, O'Dea, K, Blunden, S, Meyer, BJ, Segal L,  Parletta, N. (2016). A 6-month randomised controlled trial investigating effects of Mediterranean-style diet and fish oil supplementation on dietary behaviour change, mental and cardiometabolic health and health-related quality of life in adults with depression (HELFIMED). BMC Nutrition https://bmcnutr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40795-016-0095-1

Etherton H, Blunden S, Hauck Y. (2016). Why are extinction-based behavioural sleep interventions for young children so hard for parents to implement and maintain? Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine12(11): 1535-1543
Blunden S. (2017). Reducing bedtime tantrums and fear without tears: The Boss of My Sleep Book© in a toddler with trauma. BMJ Case reports http://casereports.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bcr-2016-217590?ijkey=USpLiz5AUvPSe5Y&keytype=ref

Camfferman D, Blunden S. (2015). The contribution of sleep to "Closing the Gap" in the health of Indigenous children: a commentary. Aboriginal & Islander HealthBulletin 15 (1); http://healthbulletin.org.au/articles/the-contribution-of-sleep-to-closing-the-gap-in-the-health-of-indigenous-children-a-commentary/

Camfferman D, Blunden S. (2015). The contribution of sleep to “Closing the Gap” in the health of Indigenous children:  a methodological approach. Aboriginal & Islander HealthBulletin 15(1); http://healthbulletin.org.au/articles/the-contribution-of-sleep-to-closing-the-gap-in-the-health-of-indigenous-children-a-methodological-approach/

Rigney G, Blunden S, Dollman  J,  Maher, C, Olds T. (2015). Can a School-Based Sleep Education Program Improve Sleep Behaviours using a Randomised Controlled Trial". Sleep Medicine 16, 736-745

Blunden SL, Rigney G. (2015). Lessons learned from sleep education in schools: A review of dos and don’ts. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 11(6):671-680]

Blunden S. (2014). Why we must care about the interrelationship between media, sleep and memory in children and adolescents: a commentary on Dworak and Walter. Journal of Sleep Disorders: Treatment and Care. J Sleep Disorders Ther 3 (2): 160-161. doi:10.4172/2167-0277.1000160

Blunden S, Galland B. (2014). Defining optimal sleep in children: empirical and theoretical considerations. Sleep Medicine Reviews doi:10.1016/j.smrv.2014.01.002.

Blunden S, Rainbird S, Etherton H, Hauck, Y. (2014). To cry or not to cry: the need for increased choice in behavioural sleep interventions for parents of infants. InPsych: 36 (2), 16-17

Blunden S, Crawford M, Gregory A. (2013). Development of a Short Version of the Dysfunctional Beliefs about Sleep Questionnaire for use with Children (DBAS-C10). Journal of Sleep Disorders: Treatment and Care 2:3 doi.org/10.4172/2325-9639.1000115

Battersby M, Beattie J, Smith D, Pols R, Condon J, Woodman R, Eckermann S, Blunden S. (2013). A randomized controlled trial of the Flinders Program of chronic condition management in Vietnam veterans with alcohol misuse and co-morbid psychiatric and medical conditions. ANZ Journal of Psychiatry; Published online January 2013. http://anp.sagepub.com/content/early/recent

Samson R, Blunden S, Banks S (2013). The Characteristics of Sleep and Sleep Loss in Adolescence: A Review. International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities 4 (2). 90-107

Matricciani L, Blunden S, Rigney G, Williams M.T, Olds T. (2013) Children’s sleep needs: Is there sufficient evidence to recommend optimal sleep for children? Sleep 36(4):527-534]

Blunden S, Bails A. (2013). Treatment of behavioural sleep problems: Asking the parents. Journal of Sleep Disorders: Treatment and Care, 2:2 doi:10.4172/2325-9639.1000110

Battersby M, Beattie J, Smith D, Pols R, Condon J, Woodman R, Eckermann S, Blunden S. (2013). A randomized controlled trial of the Flinders Program of chronic condition management in Vietnam veterans with alcohol misuse and co-morbid psychiatric and medical conditions. ANZ Journal of Psychiatry; Published online January 2013.

Samson R, Blunden S, Banks S (2013). The Characteristics of Sleep and Sleep Loss in Adolescence: A Review. International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities 4 (2). 90-107

Matricciani L, Blunden S, Rigney G, Williams M.T, Olds T. (2013) Children’s sleep needs: Is there sufficient evidence to recommend optimal sleep for children? Sleep 36(4):527-534]

B. Pincombe B, Blunden S, Pincombe A, Dexter P. (2013). Ascertaining Critical Uncertainties using Anonymous, Asynchronous, Iterative Consultation of Distributed Experts". Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 80 (4): 584-598

Blunden S, Bails A. (2013). Treatment of behavioural sleep problems: Asking the parents. Journal of Sleep Disorders: Treatment and Care, 2:2 doi: 10.4172/2325-9639.1000110

Blunden S, Camfferman D, (2013). Can sleep contribute to “Closing the Gap” for Indigenous children. Medical Journal of Australia doi:10.5694/mja13.10302

Blunden SL. (2012). Sleep in school aged children: preventative education to ensure optimal wellbeing. Principal Matters 93: 14-16

Nichols S, Thompson K, Blunden S. (2012). Advising the alien: Investigating young children’s learning of dog safety messages. Children Australia 37(3), 115-123 ERA C

Blunden S, Kira G, Hull M, Maddison R. (2012). The Australian Centre for Education in Sleep (ACES) program: sleep education trials for middle school students in Australia and New Zealand. The Open Sleep Journal 5, 12-18.

Brindal, E, Hendrie, G, Thompson, K, Blunden, S. (2012). How do Australian junior primary school children perceive the concepts of “healthy” and “unhealthy”? Health Education 112 (5),406 – 420. Impact Factor 0.679, ERA C

Blunden SL. (2012). Behavioural sleep disorders across the developmental age span: an overview of causes, con-sequences and treatment modalities.  Psychology Online 3 (3), 249-256

Matricciani L, Olds T, Blunden, S, Rigney, G, Williams, MT. (2012). Never enough sleep: A brief history of sleep recommendations for children. Pediatrics 129 (3), 1-9.

Brindal, E, Hendrie, G, Thompson, K, Blunden, S. (2012). Understanding children’s perceptions of healthiness from a behavioural perspective. Health Education 112(5), 61-66

Cooper, P, Kohler M, Blunden S. (2012). Sleep and academic performance in Indigenous Australian children from a remote community. Journal of Paediatric Child Health  doi:10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02059.x

Nichols S, Blunden S, Thompson K. (2011). Young children’s learning of protective behaviours for interacting with dogs: Impact of a brief intervention. Anthrozoos (in press)

Evans A, Blunden S, Spooner R. (2011). Development of a parental report questionnaire for restless legs syndrome (RLS) in children: The RLSQ. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research - 01/2011; 4:1-1. DOI:10.1186/1757-1146-4-S1-O15

Blunden SL, Milte CM, Sinn N. (2011).  Diet and sleep in children with ADHD: Preliminary data in Australian children. Journal of Child Health Care 15 (1) 14-24

Othman A, Blunden S, Mohamad N, Hussin ZA. (2011). Psychological Distress and Associated Factors in Parents of Children with Cancer. International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 37-42

Thompson, K, Blunden, S, Brindal, E,  Hendrie, G. (2010). When food is neither good nor bad: Children's evaluations of transformed and combined food products. Journal of Child Health Care doi:10.1177/1367493511414449

Blunden, SL. (2010).Behavioural treatments to encourage solo sleeping in pre- school children: an alternative to controlled crying. Journal of Child Health Care doi: 10.1177/1367493510397623

Blunden, S, Thompson, K, Dawson, D. (2010) Behavioural sleep treatments and night time crying in infants: challenging the status quo. Sleep Medicine Reviews doi:10.1016/j.smrv.2010.11.002

Tremaine R, Dorrian J, Blunden S. (2010). Subjective and objective sleep in children and adolescents: measurement, age and gender differences. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 8, 229-238

Olds, T, Blunden, SL, Dollman, J, Maher, C. (2010). Day type and the relationship between weight status and sleep duration in adolescents. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 34 (2): 165 – 171

Tremaine R, Dorrian J, Blunden S. (2010). Measuring sleep habits using the Sleep Timing Questionnaire: A validation study for school aged children. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 8: 194–202 doi:10.1111/j.1479-8425.2010.00446.x

Olds, T, Maher, C, Blunden S, Matricciani, L. (2010). Normative data on the sleep habits of Australian adolescents. Sleep 33(10):1381-8

Othman, A. & Blunden, S. (2009). Psychological Interventions for Parents of Children who have Cancer: A Meta Analytic Review, Current Pediatric Reviews, 5: 2, pp 118-127.

Othman, A., Blunden, S., Mohamad, N.,  Mohd Hussin, Z.A., & Jamil Osman, Z. (2009). Piloting a psycho-education program for parents of pediatric cancer patients in Malaysia, Psycho Oncology, Published Online: May 22 2009 5:23AM, doi: 10.1002/pon.1584, (p n/a).

Blunden SL, Nair D. (2009). An unusual clinical phenomena – a case of bedtime ritual with apparent sexual overtones. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 15(1):55-64. Epub 2009 Nov 13

Blunden, SL, Chervin RD. (2009). Sleep, performance and behaviour in Australian indigenous and non-indigenous children: an exploratory comparison. Journal of Paediatric Child Health 46(1-2):10-6. Epub 2009 Nov 23.

Olds, T, Blunden, SL, Petkov, J, Forchini, F. (2009). The relationships between sex, age, geography and sleep duration in adolescents: a meta-analysis of data from 23 countries. Sleep Medicine Reviews, published online March 15 2010 DOI.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2009.12.002

Bauer K, Blunden SL. (2008). How accurate is subjective reporting of childhood sleep patterns: a review of the literature and implications for practice. Current Pediatric Reviews 4 (2) 132- 142

Dillon J, Blunden SL, Ruzicka D, Guire K, Champine D, Weatherly M, Hodges E, Giordani B, Chervin RD. (2007). DSM-IV diagnoses and obstructive sleep apnea in children before and one year after adenotonsillectomy. American Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; 46 (11):1425-36

Blunden SL, Chervin RD. (2007). Sleep problems are associated with poor outcomes in remedial teaching programs. Journal of Paediatric Child Health, 44(5):237-42: Epub 2007.

Blunden S. Beebe D. (2006). The contribution of intermittent hypoxia, sleep debt and sleep disruption to daytime performance deficits in children: Consideration of respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 10 (2):  109-118

Blunden, S.L., Hoban, T. Chervin, RD. (2006). Sleepiness in children. Sleep Medicine Clinics, 1 (1) p. 105 -118.).

Blunden SL, Lushington K, Lorenzen, B, Kennedy, D, Martin J. (2005). Neuropsychological and psychosocial function in children with a history of either snoring or disorders of initiating and maintaining sleep. Journal of Pediatrics, 146 (6): p. 780-6.

Blunden, S., Lushington, K., Lorenzen, B., T Ooi, T., Fung, F., Kennedy, D. (2004).  Are sleep problems under-recognised in general practice?  Archives of Diseases in Childhood, 89 (8): 708-712.

Kennedy J, Blunden S, Hirte C, Parsons D, Martin A, Crowe E, Williams D, Pamula Y, Lushington K.(2004). Disrupted sleep architecture is associated with reduced neurocognitive performance in children who snore. Pediatric Pulmonology, 37:330-337.

Blunden, S., Lushington, K., Lorenzen, B., Wong, J., Balendran, R., Kennedy, D. (2003). Symptoms of sleep disordered breathing remain largely untreated at the primary heath care level. Sleep and Breathing, 7 (4):167-176.

Blunden S, Lushington K, Kennedy D. Cognitive and behavioural performance in children with sleep related obstructive  breathing disorders . Sleep Medicine Reviews (2001) 5 (6) 447-461

Blunden S, Lushington K, Lorezen B, Kennedy D (2001). Neuropsychological performance in children who snore compared to non-snorers. Australian Journal of Psychology, 53 (suppl) p139

Blunden SL, Lushington K, Kennedy D, Martin J, Dawson D. Behaviour and neurocognitive performance in children aged 5-10 years who snore compared to controls. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology (2000) 22(5) 554-568)

 

Peer reviewed abstracts/ conference presentations

Othman A, Blunden S, Mohamad N, Hussin ZA. ( 2011) Factors related to parental well being in children with cancer. International Conference on Social Science and Humanity. Singapore

Evans A, Blunden S, Spooner R. (2011). Development of a parental report questionnaire for restless legs syndrome (RLS) in children: The RLSQ. Australasian Podiatry Conference April 2011Melbourne, Australia

Blunden SL, Lushington K, Huessler H, Michel B. (2010).Treating behavioural sleep disorders in children: A psychological perspective. International Conference of Applied Psychology, Melbourne 2010.

 Blunden SL, Sinn N, Milte C, Banks S, Watson E, Rigney G. (2010). The effects of sugar load on sleep in 118 children and adolescents: subjective and objective measures” Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 8 (suppl 1); A7

Blunden SL. (2010) Sleep education in Australian children and adolescents. International Pediatric Sleep Association Congress, Rome December 2010.

Blunden SL, Banks S, Watson E. (2010). The effects of sugar load on sleep in adolescent girls: subjective and objective measures. International Pediatric Sleep Association Congress, Rome December 2010.

Blunden SL, Banks S, Rigney G. (2010). The effects of sugar load on attention in adolescent girls. International Pediatric Sleep Association Congress, Rome December 2010.

Evans AM, Blunden SL. (2010). Development of a parental report questionnaire for restless legs in children. International Pediatric Sleep Association Congress, Rome December 2010.

Mohamad, N., Othman, A., Blunden, S. & Mohd Hussin, Z.A. (2009) The relationships between parents’ psychosocial functioning and their children’s’ who have cancer in Malaysia, National Conference on Health and Medical Sciences Conference Publication. Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia.

Othman, A., Blunden, S., Mohamad, N.,  Mohd Hussin, Z.A., & Jamil Osman, Z. (2009). Piloting a psycho-education program for parents of pediatric cancer patients in Malaysia, International Psycho Oncology Society 11th World Congress Conference Publication. Vienna, Austria.

Olds T, Blunden S, Petkof J, Forchini F. (2009) The relationship between sex, age, geography and sleep duration in adolescents: a meta analysis of data in 23 countries. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 7 (suppl 1); A29.

Blunden S, Thompson K. (2009). What children and their parents know about sleep: vital information for the future of sleep education. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 7 (suppl 1); A29.

Blunden S, Milte C, Sinn N. (2009). Diet and sleep in children with ADHD: preliminary data in Australian children. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 7 (suppl 1); A32.

Cooper P, Blunden S, Kohler M. (2009). The relationship between sleep and school performance amongst remote indigenous Australian children. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 7 (suppl 1); A73

Blunden S, Cooper P. (2009). Sleep and school performance in indigenous children: tesearch findig s and implications for education. Conference publication p 86.  5th National Indigenous Education Conference, Hobart 2009.

Evans  AM, Blunden SL. (2009). Are some children’s growing pains (GP) actually restless legs syndrome (RLS)?. Australian Podiatry Conference. Brisbane , Australia

Sandford D, Dorrian J, Blunden S. (2008). The impact of sleep quality and quantity on daytime behaviour and performance in Australian primary school children aged 6-8 years. Sleep and Biological Rhythms,6 (1): A 23.

Blunden S. ( 2008). Family intervention for sleep problems in infants under three years. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 6 (1): A48

Blunden SL. (2007). The implementation of a sleep education program in adolescents. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 5 (1), A 31.

Blunden SL. (2007). The implementation of a sleep education program in primary school children. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 5 (1): A 32.

Blunden SL, Chervin RD.  Sleep Problems in Australian Indigenous Children. Sleep (2006) 29 (suppl) A80

Blunden SL, Chervin RD.  (2006). The relationship between sleep and body mass index (BMI) in Australian children. Sleep  29 (suppl) A81

Bauer KM, Blunden S, Dorrian J. (2006). The relationship between subjective and objective measures of sleep patterns in primary school aged children. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 4 (supp1): A15.

Othman, A. Blunden, S. Husin, Z.A. & Osman, Z. (2006). Assessment of a psychoeducational program for parents of children with cancer in Malaysia: pilot study. Poster presented at 4th biennial Queen Elizabeth Centre International Conference: Early childhood evidence into practice- rethinking current interventions and strategies,  23-24 November 2006. University of Melbourne. Conference Handbook pg 42-43.

Blunden SL, Lamond N, Chervin RD. (2005)  The relationship between sleep disturbance, problematic behaviour and academic performance in children. Sleep 28 (suppl) A84

Blunden SL, Woods D. (2005). The relationship between infant sleep disturbance and parental settling behaviours: a correlational study.  Sleep (2005) 28 (suppl) A84

Blunden S, Beresford L, Ferguson S, Baker A. (2004). Fatigue awareness in Australian long haul truck drivers. Australasian Sleep Association conference publication.

Thornton, A, Ferguson, S Blunden S. (2004). An insomnia treatment program conducted in a group format. Australasian Sleep Association conference publication.

Blunden S, Woods D. (2004).  Infant sleep disturbance (ISD) and parental settling behaviours. Australasian Sleep Association conference publication.

Blunden, S., Lushington, K., Kennedy, D., Lorenzen, B.(2002). Cognition and behaviour in children who snore compared to non snorers and restless sleepers.  Sleep, 25 (suppl) A340

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