Episode 6: Sleep - Bedtime Story

We promised you one more little sleepy thing before we moved on from sleep to our next wellness topic of Season 1, which is nourish.  We've really enjoyed taking a closer look at sleep - why it matters so much, what our dreams can tell us (still exploring this one, and it's been such fun!), how our sleep practices and perceptions have evolved over time, how to help each other get more rest as a community, and how little babies learn to sleep at night.  It has been SO much fun, and we're glad that you've been enjoying too; thank you for the feedback.  

But when it came to our last words on sleep, we wanted to do something fun, interactive and whimsical - something that might actually help listeners to bed in a very practical way.  And so we've come up with a little bedtime story for you to enjoy. It's full of dreamy imagery, soothing sounds and the escapism into a fantasy life that so many of us crave in our crazy daily worlds.

So fluff your pillows, grab your eye mask & a cuppa tea (or whatever - we don't judge) and get ready to take a step back into childhood: we're going to read you a little story before bed.

This episode was written and produced by Kari Erickson with sound editing and design by Natalia Rodriguez.


Episode 5: Sleep - Sometimes, it Takes a Village

Twins?  No problem; Moni Westenbrink has got you covered.

Twins?  No problem; Moni Westenbrink has got you covered.

Something that's been kicking around in our minds since the health world exploded with news of all the various and very significant ways that sleep improves your health, appearance, productivity and temperament...what about people who are in a sleep-poor time of their life?  Specifically, what about parents?  And especially what about the brand-new, first time parents who, so often having and raising their children away from their extended families and support networks, are flailing around in a sleepless sea, desperate for a moment or two of shut-eye?

We thought it would be useful to speak to someone experienced in the art of infant sleep and, just as importantly, helping new mothers get the rest they need to recover physically from birth and breast-feed (if they so choose and they are able to do so).  Moni Westenbrink is a trained midwife and kraamzorg nurse; i.e. a nurse employed by the Dutch government to provide 7-10 days of postnatal care to new mothers, in their homes.  Swoon.  She is also a mother, and the daughter of two Catholic parents with a list of siblings longer than the family tree of all the Kardashian-Jenners combined, meaning that she's been looking after brand-new baby cousins since she was 12.  Not only that, she has also worked with private clients around the world, helping mothers recover from birth and helping little ones fall into a routine and learn to sleep for longer stretches.  Needless to say, when it comes to new mamas and their babies, Moni Westenbrink knows good sleep, and how to help families get it...though she has now retired from her private work - in part so she can catch up on sleep herself!

Tune in to understand why mother's sleep is just as essential as infant sleep for family health, why it can be especially hard for women in the West to get the rest they need after giving birth, and what new mothers and those who care about them can do to help sleep-deprived families get the sleep they need to enjoy their new additions, and their completely new lives.

Baby Sleep Resources


"A Real Life Mary Poppins Incarnate": This blog relates an Expat's perspective on having children in the Netherlands and the duties of a Kraamzorg nurse like Moni.  Think washing/laundry, teaching parents how to care for baby, meals and monitoring baby's growth and development.  The stuff of dreams.

The Paediatric Council has just launched a new site with all the information you could ever want to read about baby sleep.  This amazing free resource compiles the recommendations and advice of a respected team of experts with years experience in sleep and development.  Think videos, advice summarised categorised by age and recommendations for the apps and tools that really work.  HIGHLY recommended for all parents.

Moni rates the UK-based Millpond Sleep Clinic too for advice and courses.

This episode was produced by Kari Erickson with sound editing by Natalia Rodriguez.


Episode 3: Sleep - How to Sleep When You've Overindulged

Sleep - the best performance enhancing drug, the key to our inner selves via our dreams, and nature's cure-all: it is THE essential ingredient to getting over a hangover, a late night dinner, or whatever it is that is disturbing your nighttime routine in this festive season. Join our host as she takes one for the collective and goes out big...but with an eye on making sure she catches her Zzzs once she's home.

Source: www.tvland.com

Source: www.tvland.com

This episode was produced by Kari Erickson with sound support by Natalia Rodriguez.


Episode 2 : Dreams - The Ultimate Selfies

Dream interpretation - more than just an adolescent pastime, keeping track of your nighttime cinema can help resolve both mental and physical trauma, and help us realise our ambitions.  Yes, really.  Tune in as we speak to dream therapist Ian Wallace who invites us to spend an extra few minutes in bed (always welcome!) to ponder our dreams.  He explains how we can make sense of what we dream, why we shouldn't fear nightmares, what smoking does to your dreams and why our dream imagery is actually our most accurate and useful selfie.  Fluff those pillows and get ready to delve into the realm of the subconscious.


Click below to learn more about Ian Wallace and his practice.

This episode was produced by Kari Erickson and edited by Natalia Rodriguez.