Holistic Sleep Coaching Program

The Holistic Sleep Coaching Program draws on the expertise and knowledge of Internationally renowned guest speakers to provide a comprehensive and enlightening insight into the world of sleep.

Trainees are provided with coaching in communication and a family - centred approach to sleep consulting. We also provide a tailored service supporting our candidates to set up and market themselves as a Holistic Sleep Coach.


The Holistic Sleep Coaching Program focuses on supporting and empowering parents. We provide you with gentle strategies (based on evidence), which never involve leaving babies to cry alone. 
Professional and Accredited Training 

The Holistic Sleep Coaching Program is accredited at level 5 through Open College Network, the largest vocational awarding body in the UK. 

Focus on evidence-based literature and research

We do not just teach you WHAT to do, we teach you WHY, so that you can feel confident that you are giving your clients the best possible support. 

Internationally renowned guest speakers

Our training does not just cover the basics, you will be taught by internationally renowned guest speakers, who will be sharing their experience and providing you will practical strategies that you can implement in your practice. 

Interactive 'action focused' webinar sessions

Our interactive webinar sessions take place in the evenings and are recorded so that you can watch them at a later date.


You will also receive downloadable course materials that we have used in our practice supporting clients internationally. 

Ongoing Support

We understand the importance of having the right support around you to ensure you succeed as a sleep coach.

Our holistic sleep program is the first of its kind as you will be provided with support form course leaders throughout the training.

You will receive one-to-one coaching by course leaders as well as ongoing support and mentorship after certification.

Practice based learning

As well as being theoretically grounded, the course is also highly practical. We spend time reviewing real life case studies and consultations in order to help you feel confident as a Holistic Sleep Coach. 

What's included in our OCN Level 6 Holistic Sleep Coaching Program

Sleep in context, and Family centred care

  1. Parental biopsychosocial factors to consider

  2. Normal sleep

  3. Impact of poor sleep on children and families

  4. Family centred care

  5. Love, attachment, attunement and bonding

  6. Brain development, the stress response and self-regulation

  7. Crying – what’s normal, what’s harmful

Sleep biology

  1. The purpose of sleep

  2. Circadian control of sleep, and the influence of hormones, environment and homeostasis

  3. Sleep requirements

  4. Naps, overtiredenss and sleep timing

Sleep cycles across the lifespan

  1. Sleep cycle terminology

  2. Types and stages of sleep

  3. ​Maturation of sleep cycles

  4. ​Sleep regressions

  5. ​Sleep cycles at different ages

  6. ​Interpreting sleep diaries

  7. ​Sleep disorders and pathologies

Sleep hygiene, routines and safety

  1. Sleep hygiene

  2. Bedtime routines

  3. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sleep strategies

  1. The sleep consultation process

  2. ​Quick fix sleep tricks

  3. ​The evidence for not using controlled crying

  4. ​Holistic sleep strategies at different ages

  5. ​Night feeds

  6. ​Early rising

Sleep cycles across the lifespan

  1. Child temperament

  2. Gentle parenting and behaviour strategies

  3. ​Positive and negative parenting styles

  4. ​Parenting pitfalls and solutions

  5. ​Emotion coaching

  6. ​Developmental assessments and referring on

Feeding problems, reflux, colic and wind

  1. What feeding problems affect sleep

  2. Does formula make babies sleep better?

  3. ​Breastfeeding difficulties

  4. ​Bottle feeding difficulties

  5. ​Infant sucking, facial or anatomical problems

  6. ​Wind, colic and reflux

Allergy and


  1. What is allergy

  2. The infant gut

  3. ​Symptoms of allergy

  4. ​Epigenetics

  5. How does allergy affect sleep?

  6. ​Types of allergic response

  7. ​How to help allergic children

  8. Elimination diets

  9. ​Lactose intolerance

Child and family


  1. How does anxiety affect sleep?

  2. Which children are at risk for anxiety problems

  3. ​How do we help anxious children?

  4. ​Which adults are at risk for anxiety problems

  5. ​Simple strategies to recommend to help alleviate adult anxiety

​Sensory and special needs

  1. Disabilities associated with sleep problems

  2. Down syndrome

  3. ​Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

  4. ​Autism Spectrum Disorder

  5. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  6. Medications which are sometimes prescribed

  7. ​Sensory Processing Disorder

  8. ​What sleep strategies can help children with sensory or special needs

Health and wellness

  1. What health conditions can impact sleep

  2. When to refer to a child’s medical team

  3. ​How to support holistic wellness

  4. ​Use of complementary therapies​

Food, eating and nutrition

  1. What foods support sleep and what foods are best avoided

  2. How to improve gut health

  3. ​Nutritional deficits which may impact sleep

  4. ​Healthy eating, including vegetarian and vegan diets

  5. How to promote positive lifelong eating habits

  6. ​What is the difference between fussy and disordered eating


  1. Listening skills and tools that can be effective when working with sleep clients

  2. Culture, ethnicity, race and gender equality and diversity awareness

  3. Body language and non verbal communication

  4. Building rapport with clients whether face to face or remotely

  5. How to manage and reduce complaints, criticism and comments in your practice

  6. Developing more efficient ways of working to improve communication but save time

  7. Building professional contacts, networking and safeguarding

Setting up your business and attracting the right clients

We know how hard it is to set up a business. We will show you how to set up a sleep consultancy business that provides you with the freedom to work with the clients that you want to work with.

Learn how we set up a successful consultancy service supporting thousands of clients internationally.
Gain essential marketing advice to ensure you are attracting the right clients
Gain essential marketing and branding skills’ to help you stand out from he crowd


  • Lyndsey Hookway  BSC; RNC; HV; IBCLC

    Lyndsey is an experienced Paediatric Nurse, Health Visitor, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Holistic Sleep Coach and Birth Trauma Recovery Practitioner, with almost 20 years experience working with infants, children and families in hospitals, clinics, and the community.

    Lyndsey runs a busy practice offering one-to-one specialist breastfeeding, bottle feeding, sleep, eating, behaviour and parenting support to families in the UK and Internationally. Lyndsey is a published author and respected speaker, trainer and mentor.

  • Emma Dewey BA Hons

    Babyem specialises in offering accredited childcare and postnatal maternity nurse training courses in the UK, internationally and also online. In addition to running Babyem, Emma works with organisations internationally, supporting them to develop their training, policies and procedures.


    With a background in Children Services, Emma speaks frequently at conferences and has written a number of best practice guidance documents for Local Authorities and Associations.


Dr Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Professor Amy Brown

Professor in Child Public Health

Anna Richardson

Occupational Therapist

Sarah Oakley

Independent HV, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Tongue-tie Practitioner

Jerilee Claydon 


Leona Tucker

Play Therapist 

Andrea Strang

Child Sleep Consultant, Certified Gentle Sleep Coach and Postpartum Doula

Paula Hallam

Registered Dietician 

Nicole Murray 

Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Sejal Fichadia

IBCLC & Postpartum Doula

Maureen Minchin BA Hons, MA (Melb);

Medical Historian and Health Educator

Dr Venita Patel

Paediatrician, and Nutritional Therapist

Professor Helen Ball

Professor of Anthropology and Researcher

Dr Adele Cowper


Shel Banks

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Gillian Caine 

LGBT Advocate, Campaigner and Human Rights Activist

Laura Phillips

Digital Marketing Specialist

Anna Horn 

Founder of Every Woman Collective

Marketing & business support taking your business to the next level ...

As Sleep Coaches (entrepreneurs!) one of the biggest challenges is having the time to work on your business.
We have teamed up with leading marketing specialists, to create a week-long marketing mastermind series to support you to take your business to the next level.
Throughout the week we will be reviewing:
How to get more clarity in your business and create habits that last
How to write emails, ads, squeeze pages, and every aspect of your copy that speaks to your clients.
How to automate your business, even if you are a beginner is business so that your business is working for you even when you are not working
How to use social media to connect with your audience
How to stand out online and attract your dream clients


Holistic Sleep Coaching Self-Paced Program (start immediately!)

Access to 14 core modules

Fortnightly live group check-in calls with Program directors Lyndsey & Emma

Bonus # 4 - Access to ongoing quarterly Continued Professional Development (value £495)

All of the standard benefits plus ...

2 x 90 min Marketing Strategy Sessions with Emma Dewey (value £400)

2 x 90 min Strategic coaching calls with Holistic Coach, Lyndsey Hookway
(value £400)

Live content masterclass with Marketing Strategist, Laura Phillips ( £280)

One time payment: £3,985
12 month instalment plan: £335

18 month instalment plan: £224

Standard Package - starts in Feb 2021

14 x weekly online course

Interactive LIVE webinars with industry specialists

Eligibility for membership to the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants

1 x week Marketing Challenge with industry specialists

(worth £299)

Access to industry experts and fellow students in private members community

Holistic Sleep Starter Kit

(value £99)

One time payment: £3,250
12 month instalment plan: £273

18 month instalment plan: £183

Premium Package - starts in Feb 2021

Life time free listing on the Holistic Sleep Coaching Register

Private members community where you get you individual questions answered

Bonus # 1 - Communication Module (value £99)

Free ticket to Sleep Mastermind event (value £260)

Bonus # 2 - Holistic Sleep Starter Kit (value £99)

Bonus # 3 - Sleep Consultant Kickstarter Mini- Marketing Course (£297)

One time payment £2450

12 months subscription - £206 per month

18 months subscription - £138 per month


How much time does it take each week?

Modules vary in size but we estimate that each module takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete.

You are also required to complete the written assessment consisting of essay based questions in order to receive the level 5 OCN Holistic Sleep Coaching accreditation.

What happens when I sign up?

Once you have successfully made payment, you will receive a receipt. Within 10 minutes, you will receive confirmation that you have successfully enrolled onto the program. We will email you your welcome pack and we will start the course on the 2nd March 2020. Should you not receive your welcome pack, please contact us.

When are the live webinar sessions?

The live webinar sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings @ 8.15pm (UK time) and the recorded version will be available 48 hrs afterwards.

Can I sign up at a later date?

Yes, but the enrolment will close and will not open again until September 2020.

Will I be assessed during the course?

Each module (topic) consists of a number of lessons, and most lessons have sub-lessons. After each of the lessons, you will be required to complete a multiple choice questions. You are required to achieve 80% in each of the lessons to pass, however, you are able to retake those tests.

How do I achieve the accreditation in Holistic Sleep Coaching?

In order to receive the OCN level 5 accreditation in Holistic Sleep Coaching you will need to complete the essay-based assignment. The assessment is emailed to you at the beginning of the course, and you are then given 12 weeks to complete the assessment. Once completed you will need to send the assessment back to us, and your work will be marked and then assessed by Open College Network. If there are any amends to be made, we let you know by emailing you (or scheduling a call if required) and you are given extra time to make those amends. Once your work has been successfully verified, you will receive your OCN Level 5 accreditation through Open College Network.

What are the program dates?

We start on the 2nd March 2020

Does this course qualify me to be a qualified sleep consultant?

Currently there is no set industry ‘qualification’ that qualifies you to be a sleep consultant. This means that after any sleep course, you could technically call yourself a sleep coach / sleep consultant / sleep nanny etc…

The benefit of completing the Holistic Sleep Coaching Program is that students can complete an in depth 14 week training program, which is delivered by leading specialists in the field. This enables students to feel confident that they are receiving the best possible information and guidance that will help them in their work supporting families.

The accreditation through Open College Network, enables students to feel confident that teaching and marking standards are upheld, through the rigorous internal and external verification processes that take place.


This course is so needed. It is a welcome alternative to other courses using much more gentle methods without the need to leave the baby to cry, which is unacceptable to many families. It incorporates small changes to routine and environment which can make a big difference to sleep. It also promotes a very parent centred approach giving choices and discussing the pros and cons of different techniques so that they feel really listened to and can reach their sleep goals. It is very adaptable to each family’s situation. I will certainly be incorporating these ideas in my work with twin and triplet families.

Kathryn Stagg

IBCLC, Breastfeeding Twins and Triplets UK Group

This will be a really useful course for anyone working to support families with babies and young children around issues such as sleep, but also broader issues that can be affected so easily by disrupted sleep. The course is supported by a sound evidence base of up to date literature, but despite its solid academic content, is easy and enjoyable to follow, using a variety of techniques and different approaches to support learners. I would thoroughly recommend this course to any professional wishing to update their training on how to support parents with normal infant sleep.

Dr Amy Brown

Associate Professor of Child Public Health, Swansea University

The Holistic Sleep Coaching Program, designed and delivered by Lyndsey Hookway, is a comprehensive training programme for practitioners seeking in depth knowledge of infant sleep and related topics (e.g. feeding difficulties, SIDS, temperament, anxiety, allergies, sleep pathologies). The content is evidence-based and includes guest lectures from well-known experts in these fields.

Professor Helen Ball

Lecturer in Anthropology at Durham University, Director of the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, Co-Director of Infant Sleep Information Source, Chair of the Scientific Committee – Lullaby Trust

The Holistic Sleep Coaching Program in an innovative and refreshing approach for those seeking to refine their sleep skill-set, encompassing a broad range of essential topics which impact a child’s healthy sleep habits.

Rozanne Hay

International Association of Child Sleep Consultants UK Representative

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Our 14-day money back guarantee

We are deeply committed to supporting you in your journey as a Holistic Sleep Coach. With a team of highly skilled specialists supporting you, we look forward to helping you achieve your business goals.


However, we also want you to feel comfortable with your investment – so we offer a 14-day money back guarantee. If you join and within 14 days and decide the program isn’t right for you, then you can request a full refund and we wish you well for the future.


We are confident that you will love the course and we are very excited at the opportunity to support you and be part of your journey!

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