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BETTER SLEEP DAY
Arianna Huffington 1950
I call sleep deprivation “the new smoking.” Unfortunately, the comparison is apt, both in terms of the dangers and our attitude. Everywhere you turn, sleep deprivation is glamorized and celebrated, from “You snooze, you lose” to highly burned-out people boasting, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” The combination of a deeply misguided definition of what it means to be successful in today’s world—that it can come only through burnout and stress—along with the distractions and temptations of a 24/7 wired world, has imperiled our sleep as never before.
Here are 12 tips I recommend for better sleep:
1. Create a bedroom environment that’s dark, quiet, and cool (between 60 and 67 degrees).
2. Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
3. Don’t charge your phone next to your bed. Even better: Gently escort all devices completely out of your room.
4. Stop drinking caffeine after 2 p.m.
5. Use your bed for sleep and sex only—no work!
6. Keep pets off the bed (sorry, Mr. Snuffles).
7. Take a hot bath with Epsom salts in the evening to help calm your mind and body.
8. Wear pajamas, nightdresses, or even a special T-shirt—it’ll send a sleep-friendly message to your body. If you wore it to the gym, don’t wear it to bed.
9. Do some light stretching, deep breathing, yoga, or meditation to help your body and your mind transition to sleep.
10. Choose a real book or an e-reader that does not emit blue light, if you like to read in bed. And make sure it’s not work-related: novels, poetry, philosophy—anything but work.
11. Sip camomile or lavender tea to ease yourself into sleep mode.
12. Write down a list of what you’re grateful for before bed. It’s a great way to make sure your blessings get the closing scene of the night.
*Start following these 12 secrets to your best sleep tonight.
Jesse Ventura 1951 – 20 sets of rows
One of my most memorable workouts occurred around 1982. I was working out at Manion’s gym in Bridgeville, when in walks Jesse Ventura. He was wrestling that night and was working back. I was just starting my back workout with the long pulley row. Jesse asked to work in with me. We got into a little contest and ended up doing about 20 sets of the rows. Needless to say that was all we did for back. He was a lot of fun to be around, after the rows he showered and left. Never did find out if he won that night or not
*Compete with someone – doing 20 sets of rows.
Frances Cabrini 1850
In writing to her fellow nuns regarding her strength, she said, “My good daughters, how prayer enlivens everything! He who prays with faith has fervor, and fervor is the fire of prayer… Pray always with Jesus, always remembering that a soul united with Jesus can do anything.”
*Pray with faith and unite your soul with Jesus today.
Money and love are the themes. Here is a man who lived in a middle-class way – whose greatest dream was to have a nice house and family. He never served a court or joined the army, or did any of the heroic things other artists did. He was happy painting for money. Whatever is mortal of the young Rembrandt is here – the struggle for fame, the moment of success when he buys his big house on the Breestraat, today a museum, in a move that fatally overstretched him.
*Enjoy what you do and don’t live beyond your means.
Forest Whitaker 1961 – watch The Last King of Scotland
The late African dictator Idi Amin was never content with being called simply the president of Uganda. At news conferences, he favored more fanciful titles like Conqueror of the British Empire. One name Amin gave himself, the Last King of Scotland, now serves as the title for a fact-based movie thriller.
*Watch Forest Whitaker win an Oscar in The Last King of Scotland.
Gabriel Iglesias 1976 – breakfast brisket
Favorite place in San Antonio?
Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant. It’s mainly a breakfast spot. They got breakfast tacos, they got eggs and chorizo, beans and cheese. The flavor that’s behind it is amazing. They have these barbacoa tacos that [are] really good with cheese. Umm, I’m making myself more hungry now.
And they’ll bring you a plate of just brisket—slices of brisket—almost like an appetizer for the table. Like, amazing. Who brings that for breakfast?
*Make some breakfast tacos and breakfast brisket this morning.
SNUB – Damian Lillard
- Get your best sleep
- 20 sets of rows
- Pray with faith and unite your soul
- Don’t live beyond your means
- Watch The Last King of Scotland
- Make breakfast brisket