Sleep is a superpower.
And it’s inextricably linked to our creativity.
That said, I don’t want us to think about sleep as this thing we must get right in order to be productive in our waking life.
Changing that story has been transformational for me. And I have people to thank for that.
In this conversation, Catherine explains how we might look at our sleep as a superpower. A source that we get to nurture and take care of, the way we would a garden, so it can nurture and feed us, in turn.
She tells us how sleep and creativity are linked, and what happens during the different phases of our sleep (hint: our body knows what it's doing). She also shares a few good ways we can improve our sleep and get more pleasure out of it, starting tonight.
I love the way Catherine talks about sleep as a source that we collaborate with — this reminds me so much of creativity!
In this talk, I realized that so many of the things we do to make our writing life better are simultaneously making our sleeping life better. Is this just a cool metaphor, or perhaps something more?
Catherine also happens to be one of my closest friends. I've experienced severe insomnia at different times in my life, and I've learned so much from her wisdom, and benefited enormously from her advice. I can't wait for you to listen to this conversation.
Find Catherine Wright and sign up for her newsletter at www.recoop.care — you'll be so happy you did.
Enjoy your listen and let me know what you think!
Listen here: (The transcript can be found here.)
Catherine is a lifelong lover of sleep. Starting in early childhood, she discovered sleep was a stabilizing force in her life, something worth protecting to help her feel grounded and happy.
Almost a decade ago, after becoming a Mom and bumping up against the realities of sleep deprivation, she evolved her practice as a birth doula and shiatsu therapist into a sleep coaching practice – supporting other new families on this frontier. Her practice has since blossomed again, and she now also works with school aged kids, teens and adults.
Catherine understands sleep as something we can nurture from the moment we wake until the moment we turn out our lights. She has seen that cultivating a great sleep practice is really about bringing awareness to the elements of healthy sleep, and tending to them as we go about our days. She believes when we heal our sleep we inevitably heal other areas of our lives too. This has been Catherine’s experience, as she too has navigated bouts of insomnia and burnout, and now taps into the pleasure of sleep and rest as her superpowers, while helping others do the same.
Catherine’s soulful approach to sleep is evidence based and integrates cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia, sleep science, and mindset work. She is a certified sleep coach and educator, and founder of Recoop.
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