My name is Martin Reed and I am the founder of Insomnia Coach.
My insomnia journey began shortly after I emigrated to the United States from the United Kingdom in 2008. I had never experienced insomnia before, so when it affected me I was taken by surprise.
I found that few people truly understood insomnia. To this day, I still believe that unless you have experienced chronic insomnia, you cannot truly understand how it makes you feel; the isolation, the helplessness, the lack of energy, the anxiety, and the worry.
When I went online to look for information and support, I didn’t find much in the way of genuine help and advice. This led me to do my own research. I read numerous clinical studies, books, and peer-reviewed articles.
I put into practice the techniques I learned about. These were mainly cognitive and behavioral techniques that are designed to improve sleep by changing the way you think about sleep and the behaviors that harm sleep.
I beat my insomnia without sleeping pills and I am confident that the vast majority of other insomniacs are able to do the same.
My Insomnia Coach course uses the very same evidence-based techniques I used to improve my sleep. The cognitive and behavioral interventions I teach address (and fix) the root causes of most cases of insomnia. Cognitive and behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is recommended as the first-line treatment for insomnia by professional organizations such as:
- The National Institutes of Health,
- The American College of Physicians,
- The American Academy of Sleep Medicine,
- The British Association for Psychopharmacology.
I also offer a free insomnia sleep training course that is delivered via email. Over 5,000 insomniacs have taken my free sleep training course and over 97% of those questioned say they would recommend the course to a friend.
My insomnia support forum has attracted over 1,000 members and 7,000 posts. It’s a great place for those with insomnia to share information and advice, ask questions, and get support from others who know exactly what they are going through. I only wish this forum was around when I was suffering from insomnia!
Developing Insomnia Coach took years of research and academic study. I have a master’s degree in health and wellness education and I studied clinical sleep health through the University of Delaware. I am also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®), I hold a Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH), I am an ACE-certified Health Coach, and I am an affiliate member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
My credentials appear after my name as Martin Reed, MEd, CHES®, CCSH
MEd refers to my master’s degree in health and wellness education
My master’s degree in health and wellness education gave me the skills needed to understand health and wellness issues (such as poor sleep) and to develop the right kind of solutions to improve health and quality of life.
CHES® refers to my certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist
The CHES® certification is awarded by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). NCHEC is the only accredited US certifying agency for the health education industry. Obtaining CHES® certification requires years of university-level academic study, passing a competency-based examination, and a commitment to professional competency through continuing education.
Holding the CHES® credential demonstrates that I have the skills needed to provide effective health-related education and implement health programs that are evidence-based and effective.
CCSH refers to my Certification in Clinical Sleep Health
The CCSH certification is an advanced level credential awarded by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). The BRPT is an independent, nonprofit certification board for sleep health professionals and is recognized by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Obtaining CCSH certification requires clinical experience and/or an approved healthcare credential, passing a competency-based examination, and a commitment to continuing education.
Holding the CCSH credential demonstrates that I have the skills needed to provide effective sleep-related health education and information.
All these credentials, along with my master’s degree and roughly a decade of insomnia research and advocacy help ensure that clients who choose to work with me by enrolling in my insomnia coaching course get great results.
You do not have to live with insomnia
You are not alone. Let’s make this the year you beat your insomnia!
Martin Reed, MEd, CHES®, CCSH