Meet Dr Kat

Dr. Kat Lederle, PhD, MSc, Founder, Head of Sleep Health, Somnia

I am Somnia’s sleep scientist and chronobiologist. I hold a PhD in Human Circadian Physiology and Behaviour, and an MSc in Biosciences and am one of the leading experts in the field of sleep therapy. My approach to sleep and circadian health is compassionate and holistic and draws on the latest scientific evidence and proven behavioural change techniques.

Over my career, I have helped hundreds of people sleep well. As well as working with individuals, I have advised national and international organisations in safety-critical industries about sleep health and worked with managers and workforces around the world to address issues linked to fatigue and sleep deprivation.

The work you do with me is active and involves learning new skills and ways of responding to your sleeplessness. You will learn how to take positive steps to overcome insomnia and sleep-related issues, and to lead a healthy, happy, and full life. Enhancing your sleep will require an open mind, practice, and a dedication to implement the actions agreed upon in our sessions.

Professional organisations I am a member of include the British Sleep Society, German Sleep Society, European Sleep Society, Primary Care Women’s Health Forum as well as the Compassion Mind Foundation and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. I receive regular ACT supervision and personal mindfulness practice mentoring.

I love writing! I’ve written a book called Sleep Sense explaining why sleep is vital for a healthy life. And I contribute to articles and appear on podcasts. Some are listed below; visit the Media page for more.

“I found Dr Kat incredibly helpful. Her expertise is reassuring in addition to which she’s a great listener, so I came away feeling I’d been heard and had a plan designed to meet my particular needs. I was particularly impressed by how generous she was in replying to me emails asking for further advice and reassurance, which she was always ready to give.”

-Private Client

The Science behind Somnia

I integrate evidence-based practices in my approach combining sleep science and chronobiology (circadian rhythms and the body’s internal clock fall under this discipline) with Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), and mindfulness.

CFT is a behavioural therapy that builds on evolutionary psychology, the neuroscience of emotions and Buddhist psychology. It is founded on the principle that human evolution, potential, and the mechanisms of our brain are strongly linked to our human capacity for compassion. Consequently, CFT is designed to help you change the way you respond to your emotions by learning to understand them and respond to them caringly.

ACT is an empirically supported form of psychotherapy. It is a behavioural therapy that aims to help you to co-exist with difficult thoughts and feelings. The aim is to teach you how to be more psychologically flexible. Rather than struggling to change these unwanted thoughts, you learn how to accept them and take helpful action which is meaningful in the long-term.

Mindfulness is simple concept of intentionally and non-judgementally observing the moment. Adopting a mindful stance (one of flexibility and equanimity, for example) allows stress- or sleep-related arousal to slowly reduce.

A holistic approach, helping you to sleep naturally.