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Dr. Els van der Helm
Founder of Shleep and Sleep expert

Dr. Els van der Helm founded Shleep after a decade of experience in sleep research. She advises and coaches business leaders on how to improve performance, health and engagement through sleep management.

Her research at UC Berkeley, Harvard Medical School and NL Institute for Neuroscience resulted in multiple peer-reviewed articles, journals and several book chapters. Her publications have been featured by Harvard Business Review, McKinsey Quarterly, Huffington Post, Inc.

For over 2.5 years she worked as a management consultant at McKinsey where her passion for both leadership and sleep management made her develop and facilitate training programs for both McKinsey consultants and clients.

Dr. van der Helm holds a PhD in Psychology from UC Berkeley and two MSc degrees from the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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Jet lag: Why does it happen and what you can do about it

Jet lag: Why does it happen & what to do about it What is jet lag? Jet lag disrupts your body clock because of the rapid shift to a new time zone. It occurs because your body cannot immediately shift to a new time zone, and your body clock requires some time to adjust. During this time,…

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Staying cool in the summer heat!

Staying cool in the summer heat! Staying cool is another big challenge in the summer. Your core body temperature needs to decrease in the evening in order for you to fall asleep and stay asleep comfortably. Tips to help you stay cool Exercise raises your core body temperature, so exercise at least three hours before bed….

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Tips to get more light in the morning and less at night

Tips on getting more light in the morning Use a lamp Right when your alarm goes off, turn on a lamp near you. This will make staying awake easier. Get a wake-up light This will stimulate natural sunlight. Here is a good option. Get real sunlight Open your curtains even just a tiny bit the night before. The natural sun will make a huge difference to…

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Why does light make waking up easier and going to sleep extra difficult?

Why does light make waking up easier and going to sleep extra difficult? We all have a biological clock in our body that runs at about 24 hours and controls many bodily processes. For example, when hormones get released, when you’ll be sleepiest, and when you’ll be the most alert. Your clock is flexible and…

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Behind-the-scenes at Shleep: What have we been up to?

Behind-the-scenes at Shleep: What have we been up to? Firstly, we have moved into a new office at B. Amsterdam! We are in the newest, third building (B.3) of the B. offices. We believe the warm and creative environment makes B. Amsterdam a great place to be as a growing company and to meet other companies.  Secondly, we have launched our app with our first pilot company in mid-August. Based…

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Tired at work? The power nap is here

Tired at work? The power nap is here Coffee to combat your daily slump and fatigue? No more... the “2016” caffeine shot at work is... sleep! A number of high-profile companies such as Google, Zappos, Cisco and Proctor & Gamble have started to offer their employees an alternative to coffee with their nap pods at...
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The organizational cost of insufficient sleep

The organizational cost of insufficient sleep By Nick van Dam and Els van der Helm Sleep-awareness programs can produce better leaders. Thou hast no figures nor no fantasies, Which busy care draws in the brains of men; Therefore thou sleep’st so sound. —William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar In the passage above, the playwright’s tragic antihero Brutus enviously reflects...
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There’s a Proven Link Between Effective Leadership and Getting Enough Sleep

There’s a Proven Link Between Effective Leadership and Getting Enough Sleep by Nick van Dam and Els van der Helm In our hyper-connected, 24/7 world, many of us are losing sleep — literally. Our own survey of more than 180 business leaders found that four out of 10 (43%) say they do not get enough sleep...