Attention and concentration: Your ability to stay focused over a longer period of time
Memory and learning: Your ability to take in new information, consolidate and retrieve it at a later time point
Creativity & Insight: Your ability to come up with new solutions, insights from the wealth of information we process each day
Leadership: Your ability to solve problems, seek different perspectives; support others and working results-driven
Depression: An overall lowering of mood (more down) and a blunted emotional response to positive events or achieving goals
Anxiety: Heightened levels of anxiety
Emotional reactivity: Heightened response to emotional events, both subjectively and (neuro) physiologically
Cardiovascular health: A higher risk of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke
Diabetes: An altered insulin response to sugar (similar to pre-diabetics)
Metabolism & obesity: Increased hunger levels and less healthy nutritional choices
Growth: Decreased ability to grow and renew body cells
Errors and near-errors: Decreased ability to sustain focus and concentration levels
Accidents: Increased accident rates, potentially even fatal accidents (e.g., in the US it has been estimated that about 1 in 5 car accidents are caused by drowsy drivers)
For organizations: Through tailored programs including several types of sleep workshops and policy recommendations. The effectiveness of the workshops can be easily enhanced with pre online assessments and follow-up consultations sessions.
For individuals: One-on- one sleep consultation sessions starting with a personalized assessment of your current sleep status and a tailored sleep solution program designed to improve your sleep
Els is a public speaker who can engage any audience on the topic of sleep and energy management, discussing the critical ingredients to energy, the importance of sleep, and what you can change right now to improve your sleep, your performance and health
Els van der Helm is a sleep expert and founder of a sleep consultancy firm, which advises businesses and leaders on how to improve effectiveness, health and engagement through better sleep management. She speaks at conferences and events, blogs and vlogs for the Huffington Post, wrote for the Harvard Business Review and works with prominent Fortune 500 companies on improving their culture around sleep and supports their employees in optimizing their sleep, energy and overall wellbeing.
For over 2.5 years Els worked as a management and strategy consultant at McKinsey where she combined her passion for leadership development and sleep management. She developed and facilitated training programs for both McKinsey consultants and clients. Based on her research on leaders across the world she published in the Harvard Business Review and the McKinsey Quarterly, which was featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist and the BBC. Prior to joining McKinsey she extensively researched sleep: during her Master’s in Neurosciences she studied the effect of sleep on memory (Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences) and emotional processing (Harvard Medical School). As a Fulbright scholar she studied the effects of sleep on the brain during her PhD in Psychology (University of California Berkeley) resulting in peer-reviewed articles in Current Biology, PLoS One, Psychological Bulletin, SLEEP, PNAS and several book chapters. Her graduate research was featured in The Economist, Scientific American, National Geographic, BBC, Psychology Today, Daily Mail, and the American tv-series “60 minutes”.
Dr. Kate Kaplan is a licensed psychologist with 15 years experience researching and treating sleep disorders. She completed a BA and MA from Stanford University, a PhD in Clinical Psychology from UC Berkeley, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford School of Medicine - all focused on clarifying the relationships between sleep and mental health. In addition to continuing research at Stanford, Dr. Kaplan has a private practice where she helps clients overcome insomnia and improve their overall sleep habits.
Dr. Elizabeth Mason is a clinical psychologist at St Vincent’s Hospital and a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. She completed her BPsych (Hons I), Master of Clinical Psychology, and PhD at UNSW, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Mason has extensive experience in the treatment of sleep, anxiety, and mood disorders. Her research explores the intersection of sleep and emotional disturbance as well as e-health interventions. Dr. Mason is regularly invited to deliver talks on insomnia and anxiety, and works with clients to improve their sleep and overall wellbeing.
Dr. Ellie McGlinchey is a licensed psychologist in New York City with 15 years experience researching sleep and how to treat sleep disorders. She completed her BA at Temple University, her PhD in Clinical Psychology from UC Berkeley, a clinical internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center. Her research has focused on the relationships between sleep, the immune system and mental health in adults and children. She currently works on several clinical trials where she helps participants change poor sleep habits and master their sleep problems.
Dr. Elena Tsimakouridze has completed her PhD and HBSc with a focus on circadian rhythms. She is interested in developing tools and promoting knowledge of the role sleep and circadian rhythms in order to improve our health and performance in our day to day life. She is also a board member and conference organizer for the Canadian Society for Chronobiology.
Fleur is a psychology student.
She completed a BA in Psychology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and an extra minor Entrepreneurship at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. In September she will start a MA in Economic and Consumer Psychology at University Leiden.
of our clients said that after working with us, they have made a change in their behaviour which led to an improvement in their sleep
Sleep management is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your energy, lifestyle and productiveness
It is important for people to realise the importance of sleep. It was an eye opener to see how lack of sleep affects our mood and productivity
of our clients said they made a change positive change in their behaviour after working with us
The workshop made me aware of the importance of sleep, but more importantly, it raised awareness on long-term energy management. It was an eye opener for our research team.