Frequently Asked Questions

We answer your questions about our sleep training, and everything you need to get the best experience for you.  

1. How we work

Yes, we work with older children, over the age if 8.  We do not work with infants.

We use a variety of methods, which when used together are more likely to help improve your sleep.

A Sleep Plan is tailor made to your needs and may include keeping a Sleep Diary,  Life Coaching, Sleep Training, Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming, relaxation techniques such as breathing and meditation.  

Breathing techniques can help switch off the body’s stress response and calm your mind and body.

Meditation can move your focus away from your thoughts and calm your system, so helping you sleep.

No, but it is recommended as there are meditations specifically to help you sleep and meditation has long term health benefits.

Sleep diaries are powerful catalysts for change and help you notice improvements in your sleep.  They will also be useful in our sessions.

No, but it is generally recommended.

Hypnotherapy works by altering the way that your subconscious mind has learnt to behave. It is not stage hypnosis.

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Neuro refers to your neurology; Linguistic refers to language; programming refers to how that neural language functions. We use NLP techniques to reprogamme your mind to help you make changes.

Most people who complete their programme see a real improvement in their sleep and breathing. Our programmes work directly on the mind body connection. We aim to cover all bases, not just deal quickly with the presenting issue, to ensure our programmes have a lasting effect.

2. About us

We have extensive experience and qualifications in the methods we use to help people improve their sleep – such as Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Meditation.  See qualifications and training.

Phil Parker Institute 

Master Practitioner in NLP, Clinical Hypnotherapy & Life Coaching 2011-2013

Mind Calm Academy  

Meditation Coach, Mind Calm Coach, Body Calm Coach 2013

International College of Clinical Hypnosis 

Treating Insomnia and Sleep Disorders 2013

Connirae Andreas Training 

Advanced Wholeness Training 2016 & 2019

Chartered Institute of Management 

Management Studies NVQ Level 4 

Chartered Institute of Housing 

Professional Qualification of the Chartered Institute of Housing

Other Courses

KC Coaching

Clarity Card Training 2018/9

University of Sterling 

Designing Homes for People with Dementia 2014

International College of Clinical Hypnosis 

Smoking Cessation 2014

Treating Insomnia and Sleep Disorders 2013

London College of Clinical Hypnosis 

Emotional Freedom Technique 2013

Working with Disordered Eating 2013


Sessions normally last 60 – 90 minutes.  Most sessions will be 90 minutes, so that we can make progress quickly and then normally reduce to 60 minutes.

Everyone is different and may need a different number of sessions however typically we recommend 2 – 8 sessions, depending on the sleep issue and individual circumstances.

We ask you to give 24 hours notice, otherwise the full fee may be payable.

We provide our coaching both online and face-to-face, depending on your preference.

Yes, you can arrange a 15-minute call between sessions if you need support, for no additional charge. You can also email or text your coach.


We specialise in helping women going through the menopause improve their sleep.

We specialise in helping people get rid of or manage Chronic Pain and improve their sleep.

We can help with most sleep disorders and common causes of poor sleep. There are over 90 recognised sleep disorders, not counting the common causes of insomnia and poor sleep.  These are the main ones:

  1.   Bed Wetting
  2.   Bruxism – Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching
  3.   Catalepsy
  4.   Circadian Rhythm Disorder
  5.   Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
  6.   Hypnic jerks
  7.   Hallucinations
  8.   Insomnia – insomnia has a wide variety of causes see FAQ above
  9.   Jet lag
  10. Menopause
  11. Narcolepsy
  12. Night Terrors
  13. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
  14. Shift Worker Sleep Disorder / Non Traditional Hours Working
  15. Sleep Apnoea
  16. Sleep Talking
  17. Sleep Walking
  18. Snoring

Insomnia is one of many Sleep Disorders and all Sleep Disorders affect the quantity or quality of your sleep.  We find that the most common causes of insomnia are

  • Anxiety and Overthinking
  • Becoming a parent
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Pain
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Menopause
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Stress
  • Work Life Balance & Overwork

We can help you deal with most of these or recommend other specialists if necessary.

HelpMeSleep! is a sleep consultation, coaching and treatment programme designed by Sue Gray, a certified coach, therapist and member of the British Sleep Society.
HelpMeSleep! quickly helps you improve your sleep, using effective tailor-made Sleep Solutions that address all the issues impacting on your sleep.
HelpMeSleep!’s expert help and support is accessible from anywhere in the UK and worldwide with email and online coaching and therapy sessions, audio and written materials you can use at home.