Coaches Corner – Ask a Question!

You’ve got a question about creating a TGIM work-life? Bring it on! Chances are many others have similar questions on their mind too. We’ll do our best to answer questions in “Coaches Corner” periodical posts and may invite others to help out too (e.g. other coaches or professionals in other fields). We’ll also invite the the TGIM Work-Life community to offer comments as well.

 There are two ways to send your question:

  1. Email me directly at with the following in the subject line: “TGIM Work Life Coaches Corner Question
  2. Or send a comment directly on this page. And no worries if you are shy – you don’t have to disclose your full or real name if you choose not to.

Come on – don’t be shy! This is a great opportunity to explore some of your questions related to:

  • Creating meaningful work – and life
  • Professional and personal development
  • Areas you feel ‘stuck’ in and want to get ‘unstuck’
  • Leadership (your own or others)
  • Corporate culture
  • Managing talent (your own or within your organization)
  • Career management
  • Relationship matters
  • Balance
  • Other…..

 I look forward to hearing from you!


4 Responses to “Coaches Corner – Ask a Question!”

  1. Lorne C Says:

    What do you think of the Secret?

  2. H Traub Says:

    I was aware that sleep dprivation is not good. I have occasionally worked all night, not necessarily effectively, but I have finished whatever it was that I needed to get done. I am wondering:
    – is there is a minimum amount of nightly sleep which is judged to be required for optimum performance;
    – if you are aware of the 4 hour sleep periods and whether these have proven to be effective? given that (my understanding) REM (?) takes time to get into and out of, requiring more than 4 hours at a stretch
    – if there are other effects of insufficient sleep over longer periods of time, and can one “catch up”

    • Eileen Chadnick Says:

      Hi there. Well, I am not really an expert on sleep but I’m increasingly interested in this issue too because I know many people (clients, friends and sometimes myself, etc) have a sleep issue. I think this is an area I will be learning a great deal more about in my continuing learning. But in meantime, let me respond based on some of what I’ve read/heard…

      Is there a minimum amount required? I think there would be variances based on individuals – some need less and some need more. However, the ‘average’ person supposedly needs somewhere between 6-8 hrs of nightly sleep for optimum performance.

      According to Aileen Burford Mason, PHD…. (I was just at a workshop she gave on nutrition and sleep…and the brain, etc), important stuff happens when we sleep. It’s not just ‘rest for our brains’. In fact, it’s a time when our brains/bodies produce important hormones that we need to function optimally. If we miss out on ample sleep, we deprive our bodies of those. She even mentioned a hormone that suppresses appetites. Those that don’t sleep well tend to eat more and gain weight.

      She also spoke about this issue of REM sleep and said that our bodies go through 90 minute cycles that includes 3 phases of sleep, the 4th being REM. On any given night, we ideally should cycle through the phases repeatedly and each time we pass through the REM, it would be deeper. The REM is the part that really gives us that ‘rest’ and true replenishment. So ideally we want to keep repeating the cycles (by sleeping long enough) to get enough of the REM staages. However, I really can’t answer your question about the 4 hours as I’m not (yet) familiar with studies on this….there may be varying research out there. I’d say simply try to get as much as you can – and I wouldn’t encourage aiming only for 4 if you can sleep more but I do wonder if some people would cycle through the required phases including REM faster and amply…maybe some would and others wouldn’t. That said, I have read that cat naps (daytime) have benefits, so I do wonder if sleep of varying lengths have value….but not at the expense of full sleep cycle. Hmmm…lots of food for thought. Interesting question.

      Regarding impact of insufficient sleep over time. Well, there is oodles of research on this (I’m just getting my arms around bits of this too). Our brains and bodies really do need sleep for replenishment. Not sure if you heard my webinar but our brains do need the sleep to consolidate learning overnight. Again, according to Burford Mason, if you try to learn something the night before and you do not sleep well, you will not retain it as effectively as you would if you did sleep well. And additionally, Burford does talk about what happens from a hormone production point of view during sleep.

      An interesting note is that one of the worst forms of torture has been to deprive someone of sleep for days. I don’t know much more about this but I’ve read/heard this has been used in torture. So there must be serious consequences of sleep deprivation (but that is in the extreme)

      By the way, Aileen Burford Smith has just written a book that is due on the shelves (amazon, etc) April 1. It’s called Eat Well – Age Better. She has a whole chapter on sleep as well as stress, fatigue, etc. I just got an advance copy (from attending workshop) this week and can’t wait to read it.

      Thanks for your interest – and if/as I learn more will post/write further. I intend to dive into this issue more deeply as it’s so important for our overall wellbeing (physical, emotional).


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