Potential Productivity and Peak Performance
Pavel Tatsouline writes a good article here explaining what he learned in Russia about hormonal and neurotransmitter rhythms. Most people are familar with “circadian rhythms” the ebb and flow of hormones between day and night. But as Pavel points out there are more peaks and troughs than just day and night, awake and rest. Within the day there are ultradian rhythms, periods of peak alertness and productivity, and during the night there are periods of peak (or deep) restorative sleep and periods of lighter more alert sleep.
The evolutionary advantage of waving levels of sleep do not take much imagination – some in the tribe are on early watch, others are on late watch. Within the week the peaks and troughs “pulse”, with an average population peak on Wednesday. The hormonal and neurotransmitter pulses also cycle in synch with the moon on a 28 day cycle. No coincidence that TACFIT is programmed on 28 day training cycles. Pavel also notes that there is even an annual cycle with peak productivity in the northern hemisphere around September. Harvest time. The ultradian pulses can flatten through stress, over training, poor diet, skipped meals, excessive alcohol, dehydration, low quality and low quantity of sleep, among other variables. To maximize your performance and adaptive growth potential the ultradian hormonal pulses need to be restored to their optimum peaks and troughs and even boosted in their peak output. This is done through the programming of physical training, the timing and content of meals, and sleep discipline. Over time you can shift these ultradian pulses to a different part of the day and optimize your schedule for peak performance. Contact Invictus6 to get your training programmed.