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The Way We Are Working Is Not Working

All right. The last one in box number six. Let’s go over this box just in case you forgot.

We had The Cold War. We learned a little bit about poker. Right here, The Broken Covenant, right here, learning that we are a chosen people out of America.

Why Does Popcorn Pop? Remember we learned about-, do you remember? Do you really remember? I don’t think so. We learned about oysters, we learned about lobster, and then we learned about tea.

Scientific Man, right here, or The Scientific and Bible man, Howard Atwood Kelly. Mr. Kelly was a scientist at John Hopkins, but he was also a very religious man and wrote a whole bunch of articles and boom. Went boom. Turned a little subscription thing, adding 1200 new members daily, up to 30,000. So just imagine what he was saying. He was basically bridging the gap from believing in Adam and Eve, and also believing in science, and he explained how it works.

And then we had The Private History, Revelations of the Medieval World. I’ll remind you, we’re going to go over the power of the people. Wait, is that this one? See, I went through a lot of them. Yep, remember, private power and public power, look forward to reading that, and making the video and writing an article. Excuse me, it’s been a long day. But yeah, this was pretty interesting.

Also, let’s not forget this one. The Broadman Bible Commentary, where we discussed the murder of somebody in the Bible, Jihab, something like that.

So last, but most definitely not least, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz. Let’s see what he has to say.

Okay, A new way of working, more and less, less and less. Chapter two, we can’t change what we don’t notice. We’re creatures of habit. Part two, sustainability. Physical, feeling a pulse, sleep or die, making waves, use it or lose it, less is more. Chapter nine, creating a culture that pulses. Section three, security, emotional. Part four, self-expression and mental. Part five, significance and spiritual.

The first one that kind of got me was ‘sleep or die’. I want to see what he has to say about sleeping.

‘Sleep or Die’. All right, ‘if physical energy is the foundation of all dimensions of energy, sleep is the foundation of physical energy’. Let’s read that one more. ‘If physical energy is the foundation of all dimensions of energy, sleep is the foundation of physical energy. The circadian rhythm refers to the biological process that occur over a 24 hour cycle. We’re genetically programmed to be awake during the day, and to sleep at night. We operate best physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually when we align with that rhythm. For example, the [inaudible 00:04:21] melatonin, which tends to induce sleep, is almost non-existent in our bodies during daytime hours, and it reaches a peak between 11:00 PM and 3:00 AM. The same is true for our core body temperature, which reaches its lowest level in the middle of the night and its highest level during the morning’.

Who is this person? Tony Schwartz. We’re going to keep going. I don’t a hundred percent agree with this. I wake up at 2:30 in the morning, I’m usually burning up inside. It’s hot, not cold.

‘We challenge our circadian rhythms at our peril, whether we do so by working during the night, traveling across time zones, or failing to fall asleep sufficiently, the consequences include extreme fatigue, compromised cognitive capability or capacity, emotional instability, lower productivity and greater susceptibility to illness’. Okay, let’s see what else he’s talking about, sleep or die. ‘Fatter, dumber, more dangerous’, right? This is more in this ‘sleep or die’. All right, let’s see.

‘Overwhelming evidence suggests that sleep deprivation takes a toll in nearly every aspect of our lives, including performance. In ‘Dream On: Sleep in the 24/7 Society’, Charles Leadbeater summed up the cost this way. “Lack of sleep makes us more inefficient at work, and more dangerous behind the wheel of a car. It undermines the quality of our lives and makes us more vulnerable to illness. It is also responsible for making us less able to respond creativity to problems and opportunities, and less original, flexible and divergent in our thinking, and thus less likely to generate new ideas. At the most basic level, prolonged sleep deprivation has a negative impact on our health. Several studies have shown that immune response drops significantly among people who sleep less than seven to eight hours a night”.

Let’s see what else he’s talking about. I do agree that sleep deprivation, if you’re extremely tired, your immune system is a lot weaker. Because that’s personally happened to me, but that’s because I’d been on a 24 hour, no sleeping. And I was barely able to walk, and I got stung by a bee and my body couldn’t defend it. I’ve been stung since and nothing’s really happened, but at that point in time in my body, I mean, I almost died.

Okay, well, let’s look at this. ‘Similar, if less broadly, catastrophic accidents occur in hospitals with frightening regularity every night. A 2004 work hours health and safety group study at Harvard, overseen by Charles Czeisler and his research team, found that medical interns working 24 hour shifts made 36% more medical errors than those working 16 hour shifts, and five times the number of diagnostic errors. Interns working 24 hour shifts also had a 61% greater risk of stabbing themselves with a needle or scalpel, almost twice the risk of crashing their cars when they drove home, and five times the risk of a near-miss accident’.

Well, it kind of makes you think. These are the people working at the hospital. Wouldn’t they be the ones that know that working 24 hour shifts is not a smart idea? Sleep deprivation? Yeah, I understand this, I’m thinking that they’re talking about -, well, there you go, I even said I was up for 24 hours and my immune system was basically shot. Here you go. These people are on 24 hour shifts. 16 hours, okay, because then that’s eight hours you can sleep, and then you’re right back up, six hours of sleep, but it doesn’t give you much time to eat. But the 24 hour shifts, that’s just illogical.

‘So powerful are the body’s natural rhythms that it’s virtually impossible to fully adjust to working at night and sleeping during the day. Ours is the only species [inaudible 00:09:34] acronym, in sex, eat, sleep, drink, dream, that lights up its biological night, that overrides its own rhythms, crosses time zones, and works and sleeps at times that run counter to its internal clocks. We ignore what our clocks remember at our own peril. As just one example, shift workers who have no choice but to sleep in the daytime, get an average of three to four hours less sleep than the rest of us, and sleep less deeply.

We’ll go into more sleep. That was very interesting.

What is this ‘feeling the pulse’? I like this little picture right here. Yeah, there you go. Enough time for you to screenshot it. So right there, I don’t know. We’ll look at that. That was pretty interesting. Might read a little bit more, not really quite sure. But nonetheless, that was pretty interesting.