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The Short Cut:

A quick fire chat about working life with Dr Katharina Lederle

Dr Katharina Lederle, Founder at Dr Kat

At the heart of the Nurture Network is the power of sharing experiences. From breakthrough career moments, to best ever advice, how to deal with stress and the women that inspire them.

The Short Cut designed to bring you a snapshot of our members’ working lives. Today we’re speaking to Dr Katharina Lederle, founder & Director of Sleep Services at Dr Kat.

Tell us about your breakthrough career moment

Saying yes to writing a book on my favourite subject – sleep. After years of scientific writing, this was a challenge. And an opportunity at the same time because it allowed me to share my knowledge and passion with the reader. Since we all need sleep, the book was a chance to connect to many more people. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had?

Notice your inner smile forming because then you know what’s in front of you is right for you.

Have you ever felt held back as a women?

Yes when in a different cultural setting. I felt deeply uncomfortable knowing that in this instance I could not change anything.

How do you protect your mental health in moments of pressure?

By returning to a point of stillness. For me, that can mean going for a walk or lying on the floor feeling the connection with the ground beneath me.

Do you have any hobbies to keep you busy in your spare time?

Ha ha, I actually try and not get busy in my spare time. I recharge when I read, cycle, walk or see a play. 

I feel empowered when… 

… I connect to something on a deeper level.

The world would be a better place when…

… everyone gets the sleep they need.

The woman everyone should know about is…

Bettina von Arnim, a political reformer from 19th century, she believed the human beings are intrinsically creative.

The woman who empowers me the most is…

…my mother.

Where is your favourite place in the world?… 


One of Dr Kat's favourite places in the world is being around nature (photo credit blake-verdoorn)