Techniques for sleep support and sleep consultant serving Cambridge and surrounding areas

Hi, I’m Rachel Greaves.

Sleep is fundamental to life and many of us – babies, children and adults do not get enough of it!

As a midwife and public health nurse, I bring my extensive experience of helping families in Cambridge and beyond to achieve better sleep and health.

We all recognise how much better we feel after a good night’s sleep, how much easier we find our social interactions and how much more enjoyable our work and play is. This is true for our children too.

Reading a book or trying a different parenting style is not easy when you are exhausted and desperate for your child to settle and stay asleep.

I use established gentle evidenced based methods suited to your family style and take into account all factors and dynamics which may be impacting on sleep. Goodnight Solutions, a sleep consultant based near Cambridge offers sleep methods and techniques that are proven to work.

”A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”

Irish Proverb

Sleep packages include:

A detailed questionnaire and sleep diary via email followed by a home visit or Skype/phone consultation to identify key aspects of your child’s sleep you wish to change, a plan is then emailed after this consultation and on-going email support is included.

Working alongside you as a parent, I give you sleep support advice & suggestions covering all aspects of the bedtime time routine and how to respond to your child during the day and night. I offer gentle methods to help your child feel secure in the environment you wish them to sleep in. By understanding your child’s sleep cycle at different stages of their development we can promote and encourage longer and more restorative sleep day and night. At any point in the process you do not feel that it is right for you – we will look at alternative suggestions.

I incorporate elements of motivational interviewing, solution forced therapy and the cycle of change to help you identify what aspects of your families sleep you wish to address. Please see below for a more detailed explanation.

For many people who experience lack of sleep and have not yet considered sleep support, or may be considering improving their sleep methods, Goodnight Solutions can help. I can assist you with improving your sleep hygiene and efficiency and introduce sleep techniques to help you gain that better night’s sleep. Located near Cambridge, I have easy reach to the major counties in the UK and offer a personal consultation in the privacy of your own home.

Contact me now for how I can help!

How I work:

I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, a member of the Royal College of Nursing and a member of the British Sleep Society. I am accredited as a practitioner with the Children’s Sleep Charity, a holistic sleep coach and working towards lactation consultant accreditation.

I have over 22 years’ experience in the NHS, as a midwife and public health nurse. In addition, as a previous foster carer I have a special interest in working with children with attachment difficulties and anxieties. Over my career I have worked successfully with many families to achieve a better night’s sleep.

My sleep coaching approach is based on taking a holistic assessment of the sleep problem within the context of the family or individual. The sleep questionnaire and consultation will help identify first if there is a medical sleep problem which needs addressing first before any behavioural work is considered.

When medical problems are ruled out, then behavioural and anxiety management techniques can be suggested. I draw from my background in public health and experience in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to identify strategies for better sleep.

My methodology uses active listening, behaviour change and motivational interviewing skills to support you to make changes. Working in partnership with yourself, I also identify any barriers to making change.

When supporting families with young babies and toddlers, I offer strategies to gently rework sleep for the child, based on their age, developmental stage and the overall sleep environment. I have a thorough knowledge of the mechanisms of sleep and educate my clients to better understand how you can help yourself.

I am passionate about the benefits of sleep to mental and physical well-being and believe that an inability to sleep is a cause rather than a symptom of ill-health. Contact me for any further information on how I can help you!