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The Sleep Gene
presented by Lyndsey Hookway
Originally broadcast on: July 9th, 3:00 PM CT
Length: 1 hr 30mins
This presentation will provide a detailed overview of the genetic and epigenetic influences on sleep. Some characteristics are genetically acquired, whereas others are caused by modifications to the epigenome. Many early parenting practices have a profound impact on the expression of genes relating to the stress response, infant behaviour and sleep. Understanding the potential impact of certain parental interventions - for good or bad- is vitally important for child, lactation and healthcare professionals working with families.
-Understand the extent to which genetics plays a part in sleep habits and pathology
-Understand the role of epigenetics
-Learn some of the ways in which genetic expression can be altered by lifestyle
-Have an appreciation for some simple tips to optimize lifestyle to improve sleep
Lyndsey is an experienced London-trained Paediatric Nurse, Health Visitor, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Holistic Sleep Coach and Birth Trauma Recovery Practitioner, with almost 20 years experience working with infants, children and families in hospitals, clinics, and the community. Lyndsey runs a busy International private practice offering one-to-one specialist support to families. She especially enjoys supporting families by bringing together infant feeding support, mental health and sleep optimization. Lyndsey is the author of Holistic Sleep Coaching and the co-founder of the Holistic Sleep Coaching Program – an international online program aiming to educate health, lactation, childcare and sleep professionals about the importance of evidence-based, gentle care of babies and children.
Praise for Holistic Sleep Coaching
"Lyndsey Hookway’s Holistic Sleep Coaching is the book parent-child health professionals have been waiting for regarding infants’, children’s, and parents’ sleep! The comprehensive content is comprised of an exhaustive review of the sleep literature, but it is written in a reader-friendly discussion format. (References are cited in text with the complete reference list in APA alphabetical style at the end.) I appreciate Hookway’s evidence-based approach with its emphasis on human sleep biology. Yet her words constantly model sensitivity and empathy for both babies/children and their parents who live in our current cultural landscape of isolated nuclear families dependent on two incomes and often miles from physical support."
-Karen Kerkhoff Gromada, MSN, RN, IBCLC, FILCA Author: Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More
"As a breastfeeding professional, I was curious and hopeful when I began reading Lyndsey Hookway's book, Holistic Sleep Coaching. One of the biggest worries for most new parents is how lack of sleep will impact their family, particularly within the context of breastfeeding. This book is not about training a baby how to sleep, or using dangerous methods that can comprise the breastfeeding relationship. This book IS about understand how sleep works and how to use that knowledge to understand one's baby. It enables parents to support the uniqueness of their child, continue breastfeeding effectively, and identify how to create the most supportive environment possible to optimize sleep within their distinct family. I would definitely recommend this book as a MUST for new parents before their baby arrives, as well as an integral resource for all perinatal professionals!"
Some sleep experts are quick to suggest quick fixes to lengthen infant sleep, but there is growing concern that techniques such as extinction may have negative outcomes for infants as well as being stressful for parents. Holistic sleep coaching is a multi-dimensional approach that looks at the big picture and recognises that babies’ needs are not just physical but psychological, emotional and relational. Holistic Sleep Coaching provides an evidence-based overview of how to optimise sleep without leaving babies and children to cry for health and child care professionals.