The Science of Switch On

Resilient Nutrition

THE RATIONALE BEHIND SWITCH ON A huge number of us don’t look, feel or perform our best because we don’t routinely sleep well. There are many forms of sleep problems. Some sleep issues are common, such as recurrent sleep restriction (not getting as much sleep as needed) and “social jetlag” (shifting sleep times between workdays and work-free days). Other sleep problems are more debilitating, however, and these include 6 broad categories of sleep disorders (insomnia, circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders, sleep-related breathing disorders, sleep-related movement disorders, parasomnias, disorders of hypersomnolence). Perhaps unsurprisingly, some sleep problems have been exacerbated by COVID-19 lockdowns....

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The human body is astonishingly resilient...

Resilient Nutrition

WHEN IT GETS WHAT IT NEEDS Life on Earth has evolved over several billion years. During this process evolution has produced a wonderful diversity of living beings, each of which has progressed through a huge number of iterations to tailor it to survive in its ecological niche. Some organisms fare better than others, and we humans have in many ways been uniquely successful - so successful in fact that we now live in the Anthropocene, a period in which our species is strongly affecting ecosystems and the climate across the globe. It is in no small part the resilience of...

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More Thoughts on How to Improve Work Performance

Greg Potter

If you’re looking to take your work to the next level, you’re in the right place. In Part 1 of this series on how to improve work performance, we explored how to prioritise deep work, ways to become more efficient at work, the importance of your work environment, and more. In today’s blog we’ll focus on how to best look after yourself if you want to sustainably sharpen your mind and boost your energy.   Key takeaways Spending time each day in daylight supports your musculoskeletal health and immune function, aligns your body’s clock with the sun, boosts your alertness and mood,...

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Back to Work: Simple Tips to Increase Productivity

Greg Potter

Many of us are returning to work this week after the summer. As getting back in the swing of things can be tricky, I thought I’d share some simple tips to increase productivity at work. The next two blogs are for anyone who does "deep work", a concept popularised by Cal Newport. In Cal’s words, deep work is “professional activity performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.” I don't know about you, but that's the kind of work I...

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