You are probably starting to hear the term sleep coach more and more with sleep being one of the health trends for 2020. What does a sleep coach actually do?
At Build Better Sleep, I give clients who are struggling to sleep, dealing with insomnia, or just want to get improve their sleep more, a space where they can openly talk about their sleep problems. I am able to provide tools, education, and highlight patterns that emerge that the client may be overlooking. I also help to dispel sleep myths and build, develop, and support new habits. Sleep is simple until it isn’t.
How Sleep Coaching Works
What I have found is that it is many factors in your environment that come together to disrupt your sleep. Light, nutrition, pollution, mindset, stress, and movement being just the start. A good sleep coach is going to try and get as much information from you in order to build a big picture of your life. This can be accomplished with intakes, data collection, sleep journals, and sessions.
After a sleep coach gathers your information they will work with you to come up with solutions that you are ready and able to do. This helps you feel empowered. Not being able to sleep can be very dis-empowering. There is a lack of control because you feel like you should be able to sleep when you want and get the quality you want. One of the core principles that we teach at Build Better Sleep is we are going to control the things we can control. You can control what you eat, what your bedtime routine is, how much light you get, but you cannot control how you are going to sleep and that is ok. With consistency, your body is going to slowly adapt to these changes. Fixing a sleep problem is definitely not an over night success story. Setting expectations is important.
When you work with a sleep coach, it can take some of the burden off of your shoulders in regards to sleep. You now have someone to support you, cut through all the information and deliver just the parts that should apply to you, a resource, and a friend.
When To Hire A Sleep Coach
You should look into working with a sleep coach if you are regularly waking up tired, have an erratic bed and wake time, feel tired all the time, suffering from insomnia, or are looking to boost your performance at work or on the playing field.
Only hire a coach when you are ready to change the ways you have been doing things and the way you think about sleep.