Sleep as a Career Strategy

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“I am so burned out,” my coaching client told me, her head in her hands. “I am so unmotivated. I’m really struggling to juggle my work and my family.”

“Tell me about your sleep,” I answered.

I recently read “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams,” by Matthew Walker, Ph.D., and it rocked my world — and my career coaching approach. Walker is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at University of California, Berkeley; the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science; and a former professor of psychiatry at Harvard University — and probably knows what he’s talking about.

“I don’t need a lot of sleep,” my client assured me. “I can get by with five or six hours.” There’s a greater than 99 percent chance that she’s wrong about that. (More on that later.)

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