Sleep Wales was created in 2011 in Cardiff by Amy McClelland with the help of Dr Dev Banerjee. 10 years on, the service is still alive and thriving, supporting the sleepless of South Wales and beyond. The service was created due to a lack in sleep support and the apparent need for training for practitioners.
Amy McClelland MSc, BSc is a Coaching Psychologist trained at Cardiff University School of Psychology, specialising in Individual and Organisational Wellbeing. Having worked in Psychology for 12 years, she uses a mixture of 'hard' and 'soft' psychology (an essential Yin, Yang balance) to guide individuals and organisations into improved health, performance and sustainability through these current times of rapid global change and evolution. Amy has had an unusual and exciting life so far, spending her early years living and being educated on a sailing boat. This period of travelling throughout the Mediterranean, was followed by an education in France, a stint of living in Spain and then becoming part of a Southern Italian family. Expect to hear Amy making references to how we can learn from other cultures when it comes to health and wellbeing. The theories underpinning her approach are Jungian theory, Mindfulness Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy. When not in a session or a workshop, Amy enjoys running, travelling to Spain (Ibiza if possible!) and France, spending time with loved ones and doing yoga.
Sleep is the backbone of health. Without sleep and deep rest, we all struggle to function optimally.
Yet, in many industrialised western countries, sleep gets swept under the blanket. It can often be seen as a waste of time, an un-necessary indulgence. I have even heard "sleep is for wimps".
The prevalence of generalised sleeplessness and insomnia is worryingly high here in the UK and yet sleep services and sleep education are hard to come across.
I argue that getting sufficient sleep is an unofficial human right and that without it, most of us experience poor health. Interestingly, from my experience, it seems to be taboo to complain of sleeplessness, almost like it is a sign of weakness. Yet, most of us would not hesitate to see our GP if we had flu or a throat infection for example.
It is my aim for Sleep Wales to continue as a vehicle for sleep education and overall sleep improvement for individuals and organisations. Through implementing hard psychology (modern evidence-based theories and solutions) and softer psychology (ancient science that has been applied for hundreds of years such as buddhism, yoga and meditative techniques), I support the client to reconnect with their innate 'on-off' switch which leads to a healthy balance of wakefulness and sleep.