Insomnia is a condition that affects millions of people. If you are one of them, perhaps you need a sleep coach. There can be many factors that can contribute to a lack of sleep. Stress, lack of a healthy diet, and inadequate ambiance in the bedroom are some of the reasons that affect your sleep cycle. If trying the widely suggested methods to induce sleep like sipping chamomile tea or taking aromatic baths isn’t working, it may be time to hire a sleep coach.
What is a sleep coach?
A sleep coach is a professional therapist who helps you figure out the factors that are acting as sources of sleeplessness. After finding the root causes, they devise personalized, customized solutions for people coping with sleeplessness.
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Usually, you can find agencies offering sleep therapists online and there are some therapists who offer individual services. While booking online, you have to provide plenty of details regarding your lifestyle, medical history, diet, etc. This makes things easier for the sleep coach to determine the underlying causes of your insomnia.
What you can expect from a sleep therapist?
After an appointment is scheduled, the therapist will visit your home at the scheduled time. You can expect the therapist to bring a few items, including bedding and pillows.
Initially, the therapist will explain dietary changes. This includes avoiding heavy meals at dinnertime, caffeine in the evening, and reducing sugar and alcohol consumption. Usually, the sleep therapists ask the client to vent their daily stress by writing a to-do list before hitting the sack.
The sleep therapist will definitely want to inspect your bedroom. Based on the ambiance and setup, they will recommend changes, which may include:
- Use muted pastel shades for the bedroom walls and avoid stimulating or bright colors.
- The bedroom should be kept dust-free. Dust in the air can affect the quality of sleep and so regular vacuuming is recommended.
- They may recommend the use of a diffuser with essential oils.
- Sleeping coaches advise against keeping objects close to the bed that emits lights, including alarm clocks with led displays.
- Many people can’t sleep well because they use too many pillows. One pillow should be adequate as too many can disrupt airflow.
- Some people have the habit of watching TV, streaming on an iPad, or texting on a phone while in bed. Electronic devices should not be used before going to sleep as they stimulate rather than relax the brain.
What about the results?
The results depend on how much effort you put in but the key factors contributing to sleeplessness need to be eliminated. It may not be easy to change everything all at once so it might be better to devise a schedule for making the required changes with the aid of a sleep coach.