Clinical Sleep Health Educators are allied health professionals with an advanced credential focusing on sleep disorders. They can work with patients who have already been diagnosed and provided treatment recommendations by a physician, but who may be struggling to follow through on the guidance they have been given.
If you have already been diagnosed and provided treatment recommendations, we can work closely with you and with your treating team to help you stick to your health goals by providing you with additional education and support. Alternatively, if you know you probably have a sleep disorder, but have been avoiding seeing a provider, we can help connect you with a boarded specialist and partner with a physician, therapist, or other provider to help you reach your goals and improve your sleep health. We can also work with your existing sleep physician, therapist, or other providers to help find a team approach to your overall care.
Insomnia can impact everyone at some point in their lives. This can be one of the hardest conditions to treat, but evidence shows it often responds better to focused support than to pills. Our services include an initial intake session and regular personalized education and support sessions until you are where you want to be. We have worked with many patients (and their doctors) to help adjust medications or wean completely off them. We can work with your goals and help you find non-pharmacological options if that is what you prefer (and your doctor supports this approach).
Sleep Apnea (stopping breathing while you sleep) is extremely common. Many people know that they have it but have struggled to adhere to therapy. Others suspect they have apnea but are put off getting it diagnosed. Apnea is linked to a range of other health issues- from heart disease to diabetes and cancer. We not only have extensive experience with supporting patients adapt to therapy, we are also patients ourselves and can relate to the challenges to adaptation and show you what works.
If you are ready to take the first steps, or pick up where you left off after your sleep study or last physician visit, we are here ready to talk!
About Your Sleep Coach
Jessica Schmidt has been a sleep professional for over 15 years and holds both a registry in Sleep Technology (RPSGT) and an advanced credential in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH). She is Immediate Past President of the international credentialing organization for Sleep Technologists (www.brpt.org) and gives sleep lectures on the national circuit and to major Academic Medical Centers regionally. She believes the key to sleep wellness is an integrative approach which looks at the whole person in seeking to find lasting solutions to troubled sleep.
Email email@example.com today to set up an initial intake/consultation. This can be done either virtually or face to face for those in the DC Metro area (following current COVID guidelines).
Rates: First two weeks (includes 1 hour initial intake/discussion, 2 weeks of guided sleep journaling with daily check-ins, and wrap-up session): $300. Ongoing guidance as needed after that at an hourly rate ($150/hour or $25 per 10 minute increment). Some patients have had success submitting claims for flex spending claims- we can make an itemized bill for submission to your insurance company, though we cannot guarantee coverage. Payment plans are available.
“Jess was a calming presence and provided reassurance and guidance from the minute I stepped in her office for sleep counseling. I was suffering from insomnia related to the anxiety of starting a new job, relationship issues and other life changes and Jess walked alongside me as we tackled some of my most pressing questions and concerns. Jess has a very positive and encouraging approach and meets the client where they are in their journey. I would highly recommend Jess for any of your sleep concerns!” – Emily, Washington, DC.
“My sleep has improved quite a bit. Any change that didn’t involve Ambien is a HUGE success. I was on Ambien for about 13 years and was only off of it for about nine months during that time. I never thought that being relieved of Ambien was even an option for my future but finally getting with the doctor and you, Jess, that became my current reality. I am grateful. You offered me the time and focus that my personal situation needed. You were very detailed orientated. I felt like you were very thoughtful of any and all frustrations. Every case is unique and I felt like you treated mine with care.” -M.B.