012 - Dr Sofia Axelrod: How Clock Genes Regulate Your Life and Why You Need Red Light

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Dr. Sofia Axelrod, PhD is a sleep researcher at The Rockefeller University, New York, in the laboratory of Michael W. Young, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. When her two children were born, Dr. Axelrod’s vast research experience allowed her to naturally implement knowledge from sleep research to help her babies sleep, with surprising results.

 

Her method is based on 3 simple steps: blue and white light suppress the sleep hormone melatonin, so Dr. Axelrod recommends using only red light at night. Naps are adjusted as baby grows for optimal nighttime sleep. Finally, Dr. Axelrod formulated a research-based, gentle sleep training to help babies sleep through the night. Her method worked not just for her family, but for countless parents who she helped through her method and soon-to-be-published book. Using cutting-edge science, Dr. Axelrod is able to solve most sleep problems in an innovative and gentle way. Her book describing her method will be published with Simon & Schuster and available online as well as in all major bookstores. 

Dr. Axelrod was born in Moscow, Russia, and grew up in Germany. She lives with her husband and two young children, Leah and Noah, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. When she is not investigating the molecular basis of sleep, or spending time with her family, she performs classical vocal music on stages in the US and Europe.

Red light is the foundation to getting sleep at night, therefore Dr. Axelrod founded Baloo, a company that creates beautiful and innovative baby sleep lamps, which help babies sleep, while allowing parents of small children to nurse, change diapers and even read books to their children – all with a light that doesn’t suppress their children’s sleep.

Many parents don’t know how to help their children sleep through the night, and to help implement her unique sleep method, Dr. Axelrod is building the Baloo Baby Sleep app. The Baloo app guides parents through a series of questions using a customized proprietary algorithm to determine the optimal schedule for each baby – based on cutting-edge sleep research. By building these tools for parents – book, lamp and app – Dr. Axelrod hopes to solve new parents’ biggest problem: finally getting enough sleep.

Dr. Axelrod was born in Moscow, Russia, and grew up in Germany. She lives with her husband and two young children, Leah and Noah, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. When she is not investigating the molecular basis of sleep, or spending time with her family, she performs classical vocal music on stages in the US and Europe.

Tomas Reyes