It’s easy to see a professional in any industry and assume they always practice what they preach, but this isn’t the case. Doctors notoriously say they don’t visit the doctor themselves and I’ve known more than a few baristas who hate coffee. But what about sleep consultants?
Of course, our children aren’t perfect sleepers either, and we may not always follow our own advice. But many graduates of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Management actually joined just for this reason- they wanted to help their own children first. Whether you perfected sleep training on your own or are looking to become your own best resource, sleep consulting can be a great fit for you.
Many people sign up for our sleep consultant certification course hoping to help their own children first and foremost. Maybe they hired a sleep consultant in the past and liked the work, or maybe they would rather spend the money investing in themselves than paying for a service. But this is a great way to get started in the industry and to create experiences you can share with clients later.
As you move through the CPSM coursework, you will immediately start learning information that may resonate with you regarding your own children. The scientific foundations of sleep may be enough for you to understand what is going on with them, and as you begin to learn techniques to help with sleep, you can have your own lightbulb moment. You can even begin implementing these ideas before you finish the course!
For those who like to learn the information before trying something new, searching for answers in their own home is often the first step to becoming a sleep consultant.
A successful sleep consultant does not have their own children- sometimes the distance can be helpful. But most of our graduates are mothers, and the empathy they bring is always an asset to their clients, whether they have newborns or older children who still struggle with sleeping through the night. If you have a story about a perfect sleep experience, you can use this to help connect with clients, but more commonly, your struggles will be important to share.
In the haze of sleepless nights, it may be hard for parents to hear about a baby who slept perfectly from day one. Coming into the role with sleep struggles under your belt, whether you have resolved them totally or not, is a great way to connect with families and help them understand that you know where they are at. The techniques that work for them may not be the same ones that work for you, but simply sharing a real experience is comforting.
We are obviously huge proponents of hiring a sleep consultant- for a few hundred dollars, you can work with a highly trained CPSM graduate and benefit from their experience to help your children sleep better. If this is your only goal, then hiring a sleep consultant is a less expensive option than going through training. Who knows, after working with a sleep consultant, you may end up deciding that you would like to become a sleep consultant yourself!
However, if you know the struggle of children’s sleep and want a solution, and want to find a way to help others while bringing in extra money? Becoming a sleep consultant can reach all of these goals at one time. In our Facebook group, you’ll find many others who were brought to this program for just these reasons.