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Running on empty? You may be suffering from a personal energy crisis

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The world is facing an energy crisis and this time… it’s personal.

This saturation of abstract duties and tasks, exacerbating both our work and home lives, has taken us down a perilous lifestyle devoid of not only time, but more importantly, energy. “In physics, energy is defined simply as the capacity to do work” says Tony Schwartz, president of the Energy Project. “Human beings are not meant to operate like computers” he elaborates, asserting that we are physiologically more inclined to operate on a “pulse-based” system, moving rhythmically on a cycle of action and rest. Citing a study involving pilots on long-haul flights, Shwartz notes that the ones who took just a 30 minute nap experienced a 16% bonus to reaction time, while those who took no break averaged a 34% decrease in response time. Nathaniel Kleitman, the prolific sleep researcher from the University of Chicago, paralleled the waking “rest activity schedule” to the same cycle that occurs while we are asleep. Some employers have recognized this personal crisis early and have begun offering fitness facilities, energy-rich food and even napping pods as a means of combating fatigue. Will society at large begin to recognize and combat this sunken eyed menace lurking at our doorstep? Or do we lack the energy to even try…


Tony Schwartz, president and CEO, The Energy Project

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