Member Peter Koshland Speaks: Go. To. Bed.

The Challenge:

The case at hand was brought by a CEO who was experiencing business and life struggles. This CEO came to the Alliance looking for guidance on how to correct course and regain control.

If you were in this situation, what would you do?

If I were in your shoes, I’d set aside your challenges for seven to nine hours each night and allow your body to drift into deep slumber. You may need to use supplements at first to get into the rhythm, but once you do, you’ll rediscover your inner can-do vitality and optimism.

As a pharmacist, I believe the advice you need right now has nothing to do with financials, investors or communication strategies. Your recent illness suggests a depressed immune system, and you’re also exhibiting mood swings, anxiety and sleeplessness. These classic symptoms point to chronic stress. We tend to think of stress as an emotional phenomenon. But, ongoing and relentless stress has real physiologic effects on the body. While some may suggest exercise as a solution, I would caution that your body is under such assault that exercise will only make matters worse. If I were in your position, I would do one thing: sleep.

Sleep researchers have concluded that adult humans need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Only exceptionally rare individuals can function optimally with less than that. CEOs who wake up early and charge into back-to-backs until late at night often deprive themselves of necessary sleep. Start with supplements to get you on track and then wean yourself off them to let nature take over. Give yourself this baseline of healthful sleep and you’ll soon find worlds of energy, insight and enthusiasm to tackle issues in your professional and personal life. But for now, sleep tight!

Interested in learning more about the intersection of physical health and professional performance? Check out this video to see Peter Koshland in action at a recent Alliance event.