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Recycle. Reuse. Recharge.

The push is on for humans across the planet to improve their utilization of their resources. We should no longer consider our manufactured goods or natural commodities disposable. We need to make the most of what we have now.

In natural resource terms this means developing technology that taps into the unutilized energy sources that our planet provides. Solar, wind and tide power must replace our dependency on a diminishing level of oil. Using these three to their maximum capacity will reduce pollution and tighten our bond with the mighty forces already at work that heat, cool and stir our dynamic planet.

In product terms, the push towards better utilization mean investing in technologies that create lasting products that can be used for years rather than throwaway, snap-together items of leisure. This means understanding our needs and developing the best possible solution to meet those needs long term.

In terms of of our bodies, we now understand that modern makeovers are not the answer. We need to properly care for the body we are given. This means eating well, exercising and most importantly, finding time to sleep.

Recharging our organs through pure, undisturbed sleep can do more for our health and beauty than any surgeon.

Start with what you can control and move outwards. Recharge your body naturally and your soul will be better prepared for the necessary changes needed to improve our way of thinking about the rest of the planet.

Top Ten Reasons to Take a Nap this Afternoon

Feeling a little drowsy around 2:30? Here are our top ten reasons to take a power nap:

10. Productivity

  • As the workday progresses, your productivity dips. The energy and enthusiasm you had at 9:30 has tailed off by mid-afternoon. Taking a quick nap helps you bring you back up to speed.

9. Creativity

  • You are far more creative when your brain has rested. An overtaxed mind is far less likely to produce a groundbreaking idea.

8. Memory

  • You are also more likely to retain information after a refreshing nap. Play a quick memory game to test this theory. We guarantee you will be more successful after a quick 45-minute snooze.

7. Beauty

  • Everyone wants to retain that fresh glow throughout the day, but after three meeting and four written reports your facial features start to mirror your mental state. Your body is much more likely to regenerate skin sells when you are rested.

6. Sexuality

  • Yup, it’s true. Grab a nap in the afternoon and your sex drive will receive a boost. Maybe wait till you get home from the office to act on these desires…

5. Motor Tasks

  • Simple tasks like typing and more complex motor tasks like operating heavy machinery are improved after a catnap. Make sure to get your foreman’s approval.

4. Accuracy

  • A quick mattress moment will improve your ability to make accurate judgments, especially when comparing data. Your brain will be more likely to recognize inconsistencies in the dozens of spreadsheets that clutter your desk.

3. Diabetes

  • The possibility of developing a metabolic disease is reduced when your body is rested. Sleep helps your body process carbs, which reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes.

2. Dependency

  • A quick nap will also reduce your body’s reliance on caffeine for artificial stimulation. One less coffee in the late afternoon means a better sleep at night; this is a definite win-win.

1. Mood

  • If you’re working at home or in a crowded office, improving your mood in the afternoon always helps, especially if you’ve booked some late meetings. Put that smile back on your face with a half-hour siesta.

The Necessity of Sleep

“Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury.”

These are the profound words offered by James Maas, Ph.D., coauthor of Sleep for Success! Like eating right and getting adequate exercise, the hours you spend asleep are critical for the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

When we are behind on our sleep, we often neglect our healthy habits. We start making poor choices due to our fatigue.

These poor choices could include missing various appointments for physical activity. This can have a snowball effect and before we know it, two months have passed since we’ve made a trip to the gym.

With a lack of sleep comes a lack of energy to prepare nutritious food. Instead of making a stir-fry and a summer salad, we hit A&W for a double teen burger and onion rings. Poor choices…

We also suddenly crave quick hits of caffeine to keep our mental activity alert. Again, this has a compounding effect. The crash is inevitable.

To avoid this dangerous cycle, make time for at least seven hours a night. The necessity, not the luxury.

Luxury - Clearly Not a Necessity

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