February 07th, 2020

Episode 12 - Mandy Gurney

Getting to sleep

This week’s episode is with Mandy Gurney, sleep expert and Director of Millpond Sleep Clinic.

Mandy trained initially as a general nurse, then as a midwife and health visitor. She set up Millpond in 2000 when she couldn’t find the answers she needed to her own child’s sleep issues. Millpond was the first private clinic to specialise in babies' and children's sleep problems and is the only clinic to help school-aged children. It now has a reputation as the UK's leading children's sleep clinic. Millpond is a sleep advisor to the NHS and provides regular national workshops to the NHS and the corporate sector.

Mandy is the author of Teach your child to sleep of which there is a new edition coming out this summer.

If you are a parent you will have been through periods of extreme sleep deprivation and know what it means to have your functioning compromised by that lack of sleep. If you are still finding it difficult to help your child settle to sleep you will really want to listen to this episode. 

Listen to this episode with Mandy Gurney if you want to learn: 

  • About the science of sleep and how sleep impacts eating, exercise, hormones, immunity, learning, memory, creativity, decision -making, mood, and, as every parent knows, behaviour
  • If you are a lark or an owl chronotype and what are the normal features of sleep in different developmental phases
  • How to work with the natural sleep patterns of your child
  • About sleeping being a skill and how important it is to develop good sleep habits early in life
  • How to pick up on sleep cues from babies and settle them more easily
  • About teenage sleep problems, which are more prevalent than sleep issues for babies
  • How to set up good bedtime routines, no matter what age your child, including feed patterns and bath routines
  • About gradual withdrawal methods, including use of the sleepy cushion
  • What role rewards might have in helping develop good sleep behaviours 

In our celebration of vulnerability and perfect imperfection Mandy shares with us a Low Parenting Moment of her own. 

And Mandy also shares her top tip for raising children to be confident, happy and successful.  


To get in touch with Mandy: 





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