Engage Natural Rhythms

Learn to expend and renew, and get in touch with body rhythms, from Andrew Deutscher.

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[MUSIC] Human beings are not meant to operate like computers. How do computers operate? High speeds continuously for long periods of time running multiple programs at the same time. Now oh how we try to mimic the devices that we're so tethered to they're always on then we need to be always on but unfortunately we don't work that way. We're actually designed to pulse. It would be really nice to actually align with these natural rhythms so you can be fully optimized and instead of working at a linear continuous fashion constantly burning down your energy to better align with your natural rhythms so you can be optimized throughout the course of a day. So the circadian rhythm is a 24 hour cycle behavioral A biological cycle that really governs all of your behavioral processes. So, you may be irritable, you may have challenge with your focus, you may feel physically exhausted. But your not necessarily blaming it on oh i've violated my circadian rhythm. And we violate it at our own peril, but we violate it. We violated through insufficient sleep. We violated through continuous work. We violated through eating meals at odd times. We violated through time zone travel. Part of what sleep researchers discovered back in the late 1960s is that we go through basically 90 minute waves of sleep at night. And if we get 4 or 5 of those basic rest activity cycles, we feel Fully rested. That's a good night's sleep. They also discovered a decade later that that recapitulates itself during our waking hours. So that anytime during the course of the day when you start something new, you will start at higher physiological arousal and over the course of 90 minutes, you will go into a trough. But for most people that haven't even trained to get up to that point. They need to train that. So you might do a 30 minutes project, or a 60 minute project. But that it has a finish, and that when you're finished, you renew and recover. And then come back. If you were to do something for an hour or an hour and a half at the first part of the day in a sprint like that, it would far and away be more than you got done than in any other 90 minute interval throughout the course of a day. So the challenge is to build back in finish lines where they've completely disappeared. A healthy pulse between the expenditure of energy and the renewal of energy. [MUSIC]
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Engage Natural Rhythms