We all know how important sleep is, and the effect it has on us if we aren’t getting enough of it. I have been a poor sleeper from the beginning. When I was a kid I was scared of the dark and would only sleep with my lamp on. My parents would turn it off when I fell asleep, but I always heard the click of the switch and woke up. If a little noise didn’t wake me up I would wake between sleep cycles and have a hard time falling back asleep. I also suffer from depression and anxiety and this has caused many a sleepless night and lack of sleep increases my mental health symptoms.
When I became pregnant with my first child I knew I would have to get her sleeping through the night quickly and so I researched. From day one we coached my daughter to good sleep habits. She slept through the night for the first time at 6 weeks and we had her consistently sleeping through the night by 12 weeks. She has been a great sleeper ever since!
My second however was a whole different story. She was a premie and so I wasn’t able to sleep train the way I would have liked. She was in the hospital for the first three weeks of her life and right from the beginning we were told to hold her and do skin to skin as much as possible. She fell asleep in our arms a lot! When we brought her home I had a difficult time letting her go and I continued the habits from the hospital. We let her fall asleep while we held her and rocked her to sleep. Consequently, she would rarely sleep for longer than a half hour in her crib and we were getting up multiple times through the night to put her back to sleep. While this is maybe what I needed to lower my anxiety, it wasn’t fair to her or to us. It was important for her to learn the skills to fall asleep on her own and to stay asleep, we both work and need sleep to make it through our days.
I had seen ads for Sleep Sense when I was pregnant with my first, but I didn’t think much of it other than to think that would be a fun job. But at the time we couldn’t afford the training and I had a job that I enjoyed. Flash forward a few years and the ads continued to pop up and I’m now in a place in my life where I want to be able to set my own hours to be with my two littles. I started putting some of the techniques into practice with my second and low and behold they worked!
Due to the trauma surrounding her birth I felt the need to take it slow and steady, and this is something I’m willing to do with you if you feel that you need it. However, if you are ready to get your little one sleeping through the night we can make that happen in as little as two weeks ( please note this may take longer depending on the age of your child and the consistency with which you stick to the plan)!
I wanted to become a Sleep Sense coach for many reasons. I want to be able to be home with my two girls more, I want to have the flexibility of making my hours. At the heart of it however, is my desire to help people. I have been where you have been and I want to help you so you can get the sleep you need and make your days just a bit easier.