Co-Founder of Sleep Culture, Licensed Practical Nurse, Sleep Consultant, Baby Whisperer.
My name is Leah and I am so happy you are here.
Sleep has truly become a passion of mine and I am excited to share my experience and help you and your family at whatever stage you are at. As much as I incorporate healthy sleep habits into my day now, I want you to know that sleep was something I undervalued for many years. My path to better sleep started 13 years ago when I met my best friend and now business partner, Marlee Boyle. We both attended St. Francis Xavier University where I studied psychology and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree. At that time, I was not sure what I wanted to for a career, but I did know that I wanted to help others. Following university, I worked with vulnerable youth and children with disabilities. This time was instrumental in solidifying my goal to help others and eventually, I graduated from New Brunswick Community College as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
I have been working as an LPN for the past 6 years and in that time, have spent periods in medical/surgical nursing, long-term care, and clinical instruction for nursing students. I was able to experience the problematic issues in our healthcare system that have motivated and inspired me to focus my career on preventative healthcare and wellness. It was also during this time that my poor sleep habits (which have followed me since childhood) were emphasized and when Sleep Culture was born.
Marlee had already stated her career as a Sleep Therapist when we became roommates in 2018. At the time I had not realized how poor my sleep had become. I would usually get 4 – 6 hours per night and crash up to 12 hours on days off. I was basically living in a mental fog and never really understanding what it felt like to be rested. Marlee immediately picked up on this and started showing me all the research. We would spend hours talking about sleep, discussing it from all angles and how it affected every facet of life. We became full-blown sleep geeks spending much of our free time reading endless research studies and scientific papers as they were released and we were shocked each time at what we were seeing. We decided we would start a company to not only help people struggling with sleep, but to create a platform where we could educate, promote, and support healthy sleep habits and make it accessible to everyone. I have since graduated from the world-renowned Child and Infant Sleep Consultant training program offered through the Family Sleep Institute in Connecticut, USA and will be offering sleep consulting and training services for babies and children and adults through the Sleep Culture website.
I am so excited to share all of my knowledge and experience with you and hope you will soon enjoy the benefits of healthy sleep and see the power and significance it will have on your life.
Co-Founder of Sleep Culture, Registered Sleep Therapist, Respiratory Therapist, Proud Momma of Howie
My name is Marlee and I am one of the co-founders of Sleep Culture. I graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2009 with a bachelor of science and a major in biology. Later that year I moved across the country and attended the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, graduating with honors in Respiratory Therapy in 2013. In 2017 I challenged the Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) credential exam through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). My passion for sleep led me to the opportunity to present to major corporations like Apple, Loblaws, the Canadian Armed Forces, UPS, Shannex Nursing Homes, and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation on the benefits and importance of healthy sleep.
While I was completing my practicum to become a respiratory therapist, I found myself nearly quitting due to the stressors of shift work. The irregular sleeping patterns would put an expiration date on a career I had barely started. After exploring other areas of practice, I happily took a ‘day’ job, ironically, at a sleep disorder clinic. This experience exposed me to the full spectrum of sleep disorders and fueled my passion to help people sleep. I saw the endless benefits of healthy sleep firsthand and that changed how I wanted to provide healthcare: by promoting sleep as the foundation of our health.
I have special interests in the relationship between PTSD and sleep, circadian rhythm disorders, and sleep disordered breathing. My purpose is to help people get well, and I believe that sleep is the most undervalued 1/3rd of our lives that healthcare has left behind. My goal is to change the culture of sleeplessness and re-frame sleep as the bedrock of our health. Anyone who knows me knows I can talk endlessly about sleep, and one would not be surprised to overhear me in the middle of a “consultation” at any given moment. I am the proud “Dog Mom” to Howie, who has been affectionately nicknamed "Dr. Howie".
Thank you for taking the first step to making sleep a priority in your life - you will not be disappointed!
Why is sleep important?
Why is sleep important?
“Very thankful for Marlee helping me to get my sleep schedule on track. My quality of sleep was changed dramatically, I found myself sleeping straight through the night & waking up well rested. I’m so happy I don’t have to resort to sleeping pills anymore!”