July 15

BETTER SLEEP DAY

MIND

Arianna Huffington 1950

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“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 5 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!

*Start following these 5 secrets to your best sleep tonight.

BODY

Diane Kruger 1976

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“I do the best, truly, when I get enough sleep.”

“I got in last night, and I went running in the hotel gym for half an hour because I feel like it gets me out of the funk of sitting and it turns my clock around. Then, usually, I either take a half sleeping pill to make sure, or I just pass out from the gym.”

*Run for half an hour, take a sleeping pill, and get 9 hours of sleep tonight.

SOUL

Beth Ostrosky Stern 1972

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Beth loves fostering pets who are struggling to find a family to take care of them, so she dedicates a room in each of her homes to act as “foster rooms.” She told Long Island Press that at one point in 2018, she actually had more than two dozen cats living in her home.

*Look into being a foster parent today.

MONEY

Damian Lillard 1990

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And despite his incredible rise to fame – a true rags-to-riches story – you’ll never hear Lillard talking about how great he is. Instead he does exactly what he’s always done – he puts his head down and gets to work.

*Put your head down and get to work.

ENTERTAINMENT

Forest Whitaker 1961 – watch The Last King of Scotland

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*Watch Forest Whitaker win an Oscar in The Last King of Scotland.

FOOD

Gabriel Iglesias 1976 – breakfast brisket tacos

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https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/tailgate-breakfast-brisket-tacos

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.”

“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 brisket tacos this morning.

SNUB – Jesse Ventura 1951

Review –

  • Get your best sleep
  • 30 minute run and 9 hours of sleep
  • Become a foster parent
  • Put your head down and get to work
  • Watch The Last King of Scotland
  • Make breakfast brisket

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Travis Jones

I was born in Northwestern Pennsylvania and lived in a trailer park. I was raised by very conservative and religious (Wesleyan Methodist) parents. By some miracle I graduated college and moved to Florida. I have been a public school teacher since 1995. I have 7 years until I can retire. I was married in 1999 and divorced in 2001. I remarried in 2017 to Kate - 21 years my junior. Some of my life experiences as a 46-year-old, white American male, will come through in my writing, but the majority of this daily journey will be dedicated to improving myself, and hopefully you as well.

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