Enough sleep is not a privilege that we lose as soon as we welcome a child into our lives…

Hi, I'm Kate and I'm a sleep expert with a PhD in Sleep Psychophysiology.

I help parents understand the complex world of sleep and the steps you need to take to improve sleep. 

» I believe that children have an innate ability to sleep but that it is our job as parents to empower them to discover and develop these skills.
» I believe that as parents we need to allow ourselves to step back and let our children learn and practice these skills.
» I believe that we need to understand the role of frustration as part of the process in learning a new skill. Instead of being afraid, we need ways of supporting our children as they experience frustration when learning how to self-settle and go to sleep by themselves.
» I believe that we can thrive and live more meaningful lives when we have healthy and sustainable sleep habits.

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mother and child embracing in bed

It’s about confidence.

By helping our children to develop the abilities to self-regulate and self-soothe, we equip them with skills they can use for the rest of their lives. And we gain the confidence in an approach that strengthens independent sleep – in other words, rather than neglecting our child, we are making them stronger and more competent.

Baby fingers curled around mothers finger

It’s about trust.

Children need to trust that their parents will support them to learn how to go to sleep so that they feel rested and are ready for the busy job of growing. As parents we need to trust our child in their natural abilities to self soothe and sleep. And we need to trust ourselves that we can teach our child what they need to know.

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It’s about growth.

Sleep is critical for growth and development so that your child can thrive and reach her full potential.
We need to be nurturing growth by finding the balance between knowing when to step back and watch - and when to intervene to help.


What makes you different and why do you think you can help us?

This is a great question and I am glad that you asked it!

author image with child Kate Johnson
author image with child Kate Johnson
author image with child Kate Johnson

I discovered the fascinating world of sleep by accident when I was an undergraduate at university. I thought about working on an Honors project in Neuropsychology, but ended up doing my first research project in “sleep”.

From the first time I watched the brain electrical activity of someone asleep – I was hooked (I recognise that sounds much stranger when I say it out loud!!).  

I changed my career direction and started a PhD looking at the impacts of age on different aspects of sleep.  I have had the amazing experiences of being able to study sleep in some of the leading universities. First at the Stanford Research Institute in California USA and then in the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.  

I built my career around my family and when one of our sons was diagnosed with cancer only a few weeks after his 3rd birthday, all of our lives were turned upside down.  We entered four long years of brutal treatment and living in and out of hospital and I couldn’t sustain my career as a researcher any longer.  

However, it was during this time that I was reading a parenting website and came across an article about baby sleep. This contained some misconceptions about baby sleep that alarmed me.   I started researching what new parents were being told about sleep and was horrified by the abundance of mostly inaccurate and confusing information.  

Sleep doesn’t have to be something we threaten naughty children with or a dark force that we dread as it gets dark outside. Sleep is an evolving process and with sound knowledge about how to approach it, you will feel calmer and more confident that you are supporting your child’s growth and development.

What if I changed the way we think about sleep and empower people to enjoy our natural abilities to sleep?  

And there it was – I had found my new purpose!

My mission is to empower every family on the planet to create healthy and sustainable sleep habits so that they can thrive and live more meaningful lives

My mission is to empower every family on the planet to create healthy and sustainable sleep habits so that they can thrive and live more meaningful lives!

Kate came to our house and the weight of the world lifted off our shoulders. She was able to explain the incredibly complex concept of sleep in an easy to understand way. She demonstrated how to help our baby settle and sleep. I felt that there was nothing our baby could do that Kate couldn’t help us with and she would stick with us as long as we needed the support and guidance.

Kates’s support and instructions are clear and easy to follow, when she left after our first consultation I knew exactly what I needed to do. Overall I really appreciated having someone who was able to set clear and reasonable expectations on what my baby was capable of when it comes to sleep and then provided specific support and guidance on how to meet them.

- Ellen

After working together, you’ll feel clearer and more confident in your approach. You’ll feel aligned with your partner and in your parenting instincts.

After working together, you’ll feel clearer and more confident in your approach. You’ll feel aligned with your partner and in your parenting instincts.