Sleep Coaching for Women
Do you often wake at 3am? Do you find lack of sleep spills over into other parts of your life? Affects your mood when you’re with the people you love? Your self-esteem? Your health and wellbeing?
It may not surprise you to learn that insomnia is significantly more prevalent in women than in men. Fact.
Sleep is not an isolated part of our life. It interacts with women’s health – general and reproductive health, hormonal transitions like menopause, and the stresses of our work and family lives. Also, as women, we tend to focus emotionally and physically on others first before taking time to care for ourselves. The result? Our need to sleep collides with the demands of the world and society we live in.
Unfortunately, most women find little support when coping with poor sleep. Being ‘told’ to practice self-care to relieve stress and improve sleep often only make things worse. We so feel frustrated with ourselves and get a deep sense of failing.
Now firstly, I want to say that you’re not alone in this experience. Many women struggle with their sleep. Secondly, I can help. It is my mission to help you get the sleep you need by taking a holistic, collaborative approach to sleep health issues.
Thirdly, here is how I do it (in a nut-shell). Rather than simply telling you what to work on (which would just be another item on your never-ending to-do list), we start by acknowledging where you are at. We understand the unique combination of external demands, internal experiences, and responsibilities in your life that are affecting your sleep. And from there we work out how to get you sleeping well and feeling good again.
Here are some of the factors affecting how a woman sleeps:
Stress is the most common trigger for insomnia and broken sleep.
Pressure to perform or be and look a certain way (across different areas and roles of your life), the stress and worry which result from it, can all lead to insomnia. And not sleeping well and the worry about it can then become another source of stress. A vicious cycle forms…
Menstrual Cycle & Perimenopause
The hormonal changes your body undergoes during perimenopause and as part of the menstrual cycle can have a variety of symptoms. But experiences that don’t often get talked about are insomnia and broken sleep. The hormonal effects of our periods or the perimenopause, together with related changes in lifestyle, can lead to disturbed sleep. Together, we’ll come up with a plan to help you find replenishing sleep whether you are going through the menopausal transition or your menstrual cycle.
Whether you are pregnant, parenting an infant, or simply a mother dealing with the chaos of daily life — there are unique challenges to sleep for mums including the guilt that some might carry to invest in their own wellbeing. You deserve healthy sleep, it’s a basic human need and right. I’ll work with you to develop a sleep practice specifically tailored for the challenges you are facing.
Do you feel work-related stress is impacting your rest? If so, then your lack of sleep is probably impacting your work and quality of life as well. We can break this cycle one step at a time.
Lack of sleep can have a compounding effect on your life: impacting your family, your work, and your own sense of self. You might feel guilty over how your lack of sleep lets others down. You might find yourself in a perpetually low mood.
The quality of your sleep and the quality of your waking life are inextricably linked. If you are tired of being tired, and ready to invest in your own well-being, this is a perfect time to start.
I am passionate about helping you get the rest you need by taking a holistic approach to women’s health & sleep issues.
Note: I am referring to cis-women. This is because most of the sleep and circadian research in women has been carried out with cis-women.