Executive Travel Speaker Series: Engage Your Natural Rhythms

Andrew Deutscher of The Energy Project explains how to optimize your energy by engaging the body's natural rhythms.

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[MUSIC] Human beings are not meant to operate like computers. How do computers operate? [BLANK_AUDIO] 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. If they're always on, 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 that you can be fully optimized. And instead of working in a linear continuous fashion, constantly burning down your energy, to better align with your natural rhythms so that you can be optimized throughout the course of the day. So the circadian rhythm is 24 hour cycle, behavioral. And 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 you're not necessarily blaming it on, oh, I violated my circadian rhythm. And we violate it at our own peril. But we violate it. We violate it through insufficient sleep. We violate it through continuous work. We violate it through eating meals at odd times. We violate it 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 four or five of those basic rest activity cycles we feel Fully rested that's a good night sleep. They also discovered a decade 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 minute 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 for the first part of the day in a sprint like that? It would far and away be more that you've got done in any 90 minute interval throughout the course of the day. So, the challenge is to build back in finish lines where they've completely disappeared, a healthy post between expenditure of energy and the renewal of energy. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]
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Executive Travel Speaker Series: Engage Your Natural Rhythms