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Episode Description 

Ughhh. . .sleep. This used to a thing I looked forward to, but often the word itself now causes me stress. Why? Well I didn’t get any of it regularly for almost two years postpartum.

As a matter of fact, the nights where I do get 8 hours are so few and far between I am literally surprised by how good I feel the next day. 

Personally, as those of you who have listened to my IG lives and some of my one on one episodes know, my daughter is NOT an easy sleeper

She is easy in so many other ways, but ever since day ONE sleep has been a thing of the past. Whether it was resisting, not transferring, sleeping too short of increments or at the wrong times, or waking waaaaay to early, sleep has become little bit of nemesis around here. 

I have tried many, many approaches to sleep, and when my toddler decided to stop napping a few months back, I consulted a sleep trainer. thank goodness I did! Her name is Samantha Day and her advice changed my entire outlook on sleep!

For instance, did you know that when babies or toddlers nap at the WRONG times or stay up even a tad too late, their bodies are filled with cortisol and makes for even more sleep resistance or disturbed sleep? 

Samantha Day is a wife and fellow mom of 2 kiddos. She is also a children’s behavior specialist, certified sleep expert, host of the Happy Days Rested Nights parenting podcast and author of two children’s books that model healthy sleep habits.

Her passion is connecting with families and guiding them to a rested and happy home in a way that fits their family, children and parenting style. She does this via her podcast, instructional video series, social media, media appearances and 1 on 1 consulting.

Today she is going to share with us about her background, insights, wisdom gleaned from motherhood and most of all. . .the hot topics regarding sleep!


  • Why our kids aren’t just “good” or “bad” sleepers
  • How we can vet our kids to sleep longer
  • Why almost all children require 11 to 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night
  • How napping at the wrong times, under or over sleeping can affect overnight sleep
  • Why schedules and routines are so important for little ones
  • Why nightlights are okay
  • How our bodies actually produce cortisol when overtired.
  • How she became an unexpected entrepreneur
  • Why to follow your passions


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Nicole De Leon is the host of the Soul Mammas podcast, a mama of a toddler and two teenage stepsons, a writer, life coach and surfer. When not with her family or interviewing inspiring mamas around the world, you can find her in the water at her favorite surf spot on her “mom breaks.” Email her at to join her one on one and group coaching session for rediscovering your purpose as moms.  



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