Coaching Research Minute – Sleep

Is sleep quality/quantity a frequent topic of discussion with your clients as a certified wellness coach? If not, you may want to move it up the list :-).  If so, here is a brief overview of some valuable research and assessments you may find helpful…

  • One of the often referenced studies on comparing lack of sleep to alcohol consumption:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1739867/pdf/v057p00649.pdf
  • Here’s an Harvard Business Review column that provides some food for thought for managers, executives and business owners:  https://hbr.org/2013/05/change-the-world-and-get-to-be
  • Here’s one that’s certain to garner attention – the Denver Post highlighted a study showing that ADHD may oftentimes not be ADHD at all, but rather lack of adequate sleep!  http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/20/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-may-be-sleep-disorder/
Are you looking for a sleep assessment? There are quite a few out there.
  • Here is one called the PSQI that’s widely used:  http://uacc.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/psqi_sleep_questionnaire_1_pg.pdf
  • Or – here’s an online assessment from WebMD that gets a little more into the practical elements: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-habits-assessment

Sweet dreams – for you and your wellness coaching clients!

UPDATE of interest: The morning after this blog post, the following article was highlighted in my LinkedIn feed. Excellent summary of key points in regards to sleep: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/24/why-lack-of-sleep-health-worst-enemy-matthew-walker-why-we-sleep