Not getting enough sleep is the worst, we’ve all been there. Whether it’s work or dealing with a newborn there are a plethora of things that fight for attention and move sleep to the back of the priority list. Other than just feeling tired there are numerous things that deteriorate when you are not getting sleep consistently. One of the first things to deteriorate is the balance between the body’s sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. This can be thought of as the body’s balance between stress and rest. When the balance between these two systems gets off track it can cause a host of issues, such as digestion and detox problems stressing the body further than just simple lack of sleep.
“How useful will you be for your family when you’re mentally foggy?”
When working with clients that aren’t getting enough sleep OPEX Coach Sean McGovern says “it comes down to helping clients identify and design their day around their priorities.” In a world where time equals money people are trading their precious sleep for money. “This is a question of values” says McGovern. “I get it, working to support your family takes priority over sleep but, how useful will you be to your family when you’re mentally foggy or dealing with long-term health issues?” In order to be at their best for their loved ones, your clients need sleep and need it consistently. In order to support your clients, you need to understand their priorities, learn how to define your client’s priorities in this Coach’s Toolkit.
Consistent sleep doesn’t just happen, clients need to plan for it. This starts with the relationship between stress and rest. In order to smoothly transition into sleep, one has to support the body’s rest (parasympathetic nervous system) by eliminating stressful stimulus on the body before they plan to sleep (I.e. if you plan to go to bed by 10 pm, make sure you are eliminating stressful stimuli by 8 pm). This is where owning your calendar comes in, stress is a part of life you can’t avoid, but you can manage it. If your clients are struggling to get enough consistent sleep, McGovern recommends this practice. Go through and have them calendar all of the events in their whole day and mark stressful events as red and non-stressful events as green. This gives the client a visual representation of their stress. Now that the clients have a visual representation of their stress it is time to manage it.
Sleep is important but one night won’t make or break a client, the most important aspect of sleep is consistency night in and night out. Ensure your clients are consistently getting enough sleep this year with the OPEX Basic Life Style Guidelines (BLGs). These guidelines will help you balance your client’s stress and rest, creating a healthy rhythm. Learn the OPEX BLG’s and how to implement them with your clients in the free mini-course Coach’s Toolkit.
All information in this blog was compiled through a personal interview with Sean McGovern.
McGovern, S. (2018, November 12). Personal interview.