How I Became a Sleep Coach

May
2013
02

posted by on sleep coach

One of the great mysteries of the universe is that people need to sleep. One subset of that mystery is that the less sleep we need, the more we want it. Therefore, adults who can get by with between 6 and 8 hours of sleep each evening love their precious sleep, but children, who need 11-15 hours, never want to get to bed. Newborns need more sleep than any other type of human, but somehow it seems like those little bundles of joy only want to sleep when their parents are awake, and stay awake when their parents, bleary eyed and exhausted from taking care of that little darling all day long, yearn for their pillow, blankets and mattresses.

This is the story of how I confronted the great mystery, and mastered the art of getting my kids to sleep at just about the right time of evening, using gentle, baby and parent friendly methods which leave everyone feeling happy and good about themselves and each other.

My first child was born about 7 years ago. Since I was raised on the notion of co-sleeping, it came naturally for me to have my daughter sleep next to me in my bed. This rarely posed a problem for my husband and me, and if you would like to learn more about this as an option for you, there are many web sites you can consult, or you can ask me more about this personal choice. Little did I know at this sublime state of parenthood that the real challenges to happy sleeping habits were right around the corner, with my second birth – to twins!

Twins are a special challenge in many ways. Although we were thrilled with them, our nights were thrown into turmoil. My husband and I were waking up about every 1.5 hours. During the day we were cranky and tired. I felt it was getting progressively more difficult to be a good mother and wife.

Luckily I heard about sleep coaching, which especially intrigued me as a mother that feels an affinity to attachment parenting and co-sleeping. I did not want to let my adorable twins “cry it out,” but I felt I needed to take action to improve their and my own, sleep schedules. Sleep coaching seemed the perfect answer for me. I found it was an incredibly wonderful, healthy and natural process. The methods did not conflict at all with my feelings about meeting the physical and emotional needs of my children in the most holistic and respectful way possible.

To my husband’s and my delight we saw great improvement within a relatively short time. By the time we were done with the consulting process with our sleep coach, both my twins were sleeping soundly through the night, and went to sleep happily when their bedtimes arrived. My husband and I were overjoyed that now we could get back to our busy, productive lives alert and relaxed, with the ability to enjoy our children without seeing them as a source of tension and discomfort.

When our twins were about a bit over two years old our fourth child was born. Unfortunately she began to develop bad sleep habits such as difficulty falling asleep and not sleeping well during the night. Before things got out of hand we called our much-loved baby sleep coach again. The success we had with our twins was repeated, and our daughter began to go to sleep easily and happily, and sleeps soundly straight through until morning.

Friends and neighbors began to ask me how I achieved such good results without letting my children “cry it out,” which most parents seem to feel uncomfortable with, but out of desperation and sleep deprivation feel they have no choice. I was happy to give some casual sleep consulting when I could, but the need seemed great to me among my friends and acquaintances, so I decided to become a certified baby sleep coach so I could help people to the best of my ability. I am thrilled to be able to help new and experienced parents get their children to sleep well during the night and go to bed with a smile in a healthy, natural way.