Sleep and Recovery Coach Course Outline

Module One: Why Sleep/Why Sleep Coaching

1.1  Welcome/Intro: Why the emphasis on sleep?

1.2 Sleep, health and the (overlooked) correlation between the two

1.3 How better sleep improves performance and the rehabilitation process

1.4 Sleep, well being and other correlations (memory, immunity, metabolism,)

1.5 Why sleep coaching? Making an impact and getting results

1.6 The 5 pillars: So what does sleep coaching actually look like? 


Module Two: Anatomy and Physiology 

2.1 The 3 mechanisms for and against sleep (how does sleep occur?)

2.2 Neurology of sleep

2.3 Sleep interplay with all aspects of physiology

2.4 Quality vs. Quantity: What defines healthy sleep? (The 4 Pillars)

2.5 The Antagonist to Sleep: The autonomic nervous system, ascending arousal system and wakefulness


Module Three: Assessment/Screening

3.1 An introduction to the assessment process, role and scope of practice for sleep coaching

3.2 Medical history, introduction to sleep and healthcare collaboration, team members

3.3 Sleep Disorders vs. Disordered Sleeping

3.4 Red Flags

3.5 How to assess your client’s baseline and where should your focus be? 

3.6 Sleep trackers, devices, and what you need to know and when to best use them in your coaching


Module 4: The Coaching Process

4.1 The 5 Pillars to Sleep Optimization

4.2 The Bucket Analogy

4.3 Behavioral strategies for sleep (the foundation)

4.4 Intro to Circadian Rhythms: why timing matters 

4.5 Methods and coaching strategies to balance the Autonomic Nervous System

4.6 Lifestyle factors and sleep coaching

4.7 Special Considerations and Situations


Module 5: The impacts of Circadian Biology and Application

5.1 Circadian Biology, anatomy and physiology, understanding of rhythms

5.2. How chronotypes and genetics affect timing in health and performance 

5.3. The 5 circadian levers and influence

5.4 Synchronization Strategies

5.5 Practical Coaching Applications

  • Sports performance 
  • General population
  • Body composition


Module 6: Recovery and Regeneration

6.1 Introduction and importance of recovery/adaptation

6.2 Assessment and determining recovery status

6.3 Heart Rate Variability and applications

6.4 Active Recovery Strategies 

6.5 Behavior change, mindset and lifestyle recovery

6.6 Ways to implement recovery strategies into your coaching 


Module 7: Marketing and Opportunities

7.1 The Landscape for Sleep Coaching (possibilities)

7.2 How to implement sleep coaching in your practice (separately or adjunct)

7.3 Marketing Categories: Who, where and how to connect and find opportunities

7.4 How to initiate contact and collaborate with healthcare professionals

7.5 Course summary: Putting it all together


Module 8: Bonus Section

  • Bonus material and additional review (tying the material together)
  • Sleep difference in men vs. women, sleep products and supplements, financial impact of sleep, sleep disorders deeper dive, 10 point sleep tracking system, art of coaching, other practical applications
  • Content expert interviews and contributions (breathwork, dental/airway perspective, myofunctional therapy, conditioning, motivational interviewing)

Content Expert Contributions:

  • Michael Mullin: Breathwork and Applications
  • Gerard Friedman: Motivational Interviewing and Creating Behavior Change
  • Joel Jamieson: Conditioning for Recovery
  • Dr. George Tsangaroulis: Perspective on Airways and The Mouth
  • Dr. Jay Wiles: HRV BIofeedback and Mitigating the Stress Response
  • Sean Light: Neuro-Recovery and the Sensory Systems
  • Desiree Baird: Introduction to Pediatric Sleep Coaching
  • Alex Effer: Principle Based Approach to Coaching and Training
  • Neil Roberts: Meditation and Mindfulness Implementation for Coaches
  • Dr. Jay Myerson: Practical Strategies Around Pain
  • Shobhit Raj: Yoga Nidra and Applications (Sleep Yoga)
  • Leah Drew: Intro to the Lymphatic System
  • Adam Ross: Coaching Nutrition for Recovery
  • Jennifer Blunson, PhD: Applications of Myofunctional Therapy


  • All the tools you need to be successful (assessment materials, sleep handbook, educational videos, marketing guide)
  • Discounts on a multitude of sleep related products.
  • Behavior Change Mini Course (changing behavior is the key to everything we do including sleep optimization)
  • Access to expert interviews updated regularly.
  • Access to Private FB Group and Community
  • Regular Q&As and Webinars
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