Els van der Helm

 

DR. ELS VAN DER HELM

SLEEP EXPERT & CO-FOUNDER OF SHLEEP

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I dream of making a measurable contribution to a more harmonious society with energetic people who feel good about themselves. I see sleep as the best way to achieve that.
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  "most badass female tech entrepreneurs to watch in 2018"

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  "top experts teaching the world to make sleep a priority"

"top experts teaching the world to make sleep a priority"

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SHLEEP

WE HELP THE WORLD SLEEP BETTER

Shleep was co-founded by myself and Jöran Albers in 2016 with dreams of revolutionizing the way people manage their sleep. At Shleep, our team works hard to deliver programs, workshops, and digital tools that will change how your company's employees manage their sleep. 

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Meet our clients

 

Corporate Sleep programs that deliver results

 
 

Snoozing

72% quit snoozing in the morning

Sleep Improvement

50% felt improved sleep quality
 
 
 

Sleep Debt during our program (hrs)

Individuals went from having 7 hours of sleep debt to only 3.3 hours after our corporate sleep program.
 

SLEEPING IS SO IMPORTANT

SOMETHING EVERY LEADER SHOULD THINK ABOUT

My research shows that sleep is highly linked with high performance, safety, and health.

Performance

  • be a better decision-maker

  • effectively lead and engage a team

  • have good memory

Safety

  • decrease the risk of errors by 70%

  • more stable attention faster response time

Health

  • be happy and empathetic
  • exercise rigorously
  • prevent heart attack, weight gain, acne, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's

bIography

How I became a sleep fanatic

I’ve always been fascinated by sleep and I realized this in school. During my Master’s in Neurosciences, I studied the effect of sleep on memory (Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences) and emotional processing (Harvard Medical School). Then as a Fulbright scholar, I studied the effects of sleep on the brain during my PhD in Psychology (University of California Berkeley) resulting in peer-reviewed articles in Current Biology, PLoS One, Psychological Bulletin, SLEEP, PNAS and other books. 

The academia and science in these years was incredibly informative, but I felt I wanted to make a bigger impact than doing more research. From there, I worked as a management consultant at McKinsey where I combined my passion for leadership development and sleep management. I developed and facilitated training programs for both McKinsey consultants and clients. Some research I did on leadership and sleep was published in Harvard Business Review and the McKinsey Quarterly. 

All of this made me realize how badly the world’s leaders and companies needed better sleep education and guidance, hence the founding of Shleep. We're so excited to be making a real difference. 

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Education & experiencE

 PARTNER LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT  2013 - 2016

PARTNER LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
2013 - 2016

 

 

 PhD, PSYCHOLOGY, FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR  2008-2013

PhD, PSYCHOLOGY, FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR
2008-2013

 

 

 STUDENT RESEARCH, EMOTIONAL PROCESSING  2007

STUDENT RESEARCH, EMOTIONAL PROCESSING
2007

 MSc, CUM LAUDE, CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY  2005 - 2008

MSc, CUM LAUDE, CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
2005 - 2008

 MSc, NEUROSCIENCES  2005 - 2008   BSc, HONORS DISTINCTION, NEUROPSYCHOLOGY  2005 - 2008

MSc, NEUROSCIENCES
2005 - 2008

BSc, HONORS DISTINCTION, NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
2005 - 2008

RESEARCH

Current Biology

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

THE MCKINSEY QUARTERLY

PLoS One

Psychological Bulletin

SLEEP

PNAS

 

MEDIA

WALL STREET JOURNAL

HUFFINGTON POST

INC.

BBC 

COSMOPOLITAN

SCIENCE DIRECT

THE ECONOMIST

TED X

THE TELEGRAPH

 

 

Contact

EMAIL: HELLO@SHLEEP.COM

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