Why is sleep so important?
‘Sleep is the power source that keeps your mind alert and calm. Every night and at every nap, sleep recharges the brain's battery. Sleeping well increases brain power. Just as weight lifting builds stronger muscles, because sleeping well increases your attention span and allows you to be physically relaxed and mentally alert at the same time. Then you are at your personal best’ Dr. Marc Weissbluth, author of 'Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child' (2015).
Hello, I am Elaine Delbary, the founder of Counting Sheep Sleep Consultancy.
What I do!
I will teach your infant or toddler how to sleep through the night. I work with families who are ready to make a commitment to follow tried and tested methods. I coach, guide and support step-by-step parents who want to make improvements to their child’s sleeping habits, and who want to have a quality night's sleep for themselves once again!
I am a sleep expert and I am here to help you when all the family are sleep deprived. You can help your child by following my instructions and teach them independent sleep strategies. Children are capable of sleeping 10 -12 hours a night, depending on their development stage, once they have been given the opportunity to learn how to fall asleep without sleep props.
I will also educate you about the importance of sleep and what your child needs, ensuring you know what to expect, and help you develop your confidence to support your child through the process and reach your sleep goals.
I am a graduate of The Dana Obelman, Sleep Sense Training Program that uses proven strategies for teaching your child to sleep through the night.
My sleep struggles!
When my first daughter was born she was a great sleeper. Then a new story started with my second daughter. I used to sleep, and then I didn’t. Nobody was sleeping in our house and sleep became a distant memory, but the topic of sleep was talked about all day every day!
I read articles, took advice from friends, but my daughter still did not sleep for any length of time. I was exhausted and I was doing anything to get her to sleep. I did not know sleep coaches existed until my friend used one. Her life had changed, she was happier and had more energy. Her child now slept all night, every night and napped everyday in his cot. I wanted the same for my daughter and for me!
I booked the same sleep coach and within two weeks my two hour nightly wakings stopped, my daughter slept all night and would take a two - three hour nap each day. I remember crying on my discovery call and also crying at the end because I couldn’t believe the change the sleep coach had made to my family’s life, and how just a few changes to my daughter's routine changed our sleep life for the better!
How did I become a sleep consultant?
When I moved to Amsterdam I became a stay-at-home mum for my two energetic girls, but I missed working with people and learning new things.
I read some books about sleep and found the topic interesting so I made the decision to follow the certified Sleep Sense Programme and became a sleep consultant. My goal is simple: I want to help all the family enjoy a full night's sleep once again with a little support from me!
The next step is very easy. All you have to do is contact me to schedule a free 15 minute discovery call. We can talk through your child’s current sleep struggles and what you would like to change. We can then come up with a personalised plan for your child and family.