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Sleep Your Way to the Top

The ultimate evening routine for cutting stress, creating momentum, and cultivating happiness

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1. Do a daily reflection

If you reflect on the things you did right, on your successes, that allows you to celebrate every little success. It allows you to realize how much you’ve done right, the good things you’ve done in your life.

— Leo Babauta

2. Reframe negative experiences

Our key to transforming anything lies in our ability to reframe it.

— Marianne Williamson

3. Play Tetris

Playing Tetris for 15 minutes is like meditation.

— Ezra Koenig

4. Make your to-do list for tomorrow, today

Brain extenders are anything that get information out of our heads and into the physical world: calendars, key hooks by the front door, notepads, ‘to do’ lists.

— Daniel Levitin

5. Keep the same sleep and wake schedule (no matter what)

I wake up at about the same time every day. I sleep well and wake without an alarm clock.

— Donatella Versace

More information on fasting and our internal circadian clocks here. Image credit: YassineMrabet via Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0

6. Oxygen levels dip in the evening

There’s a great metaphor that one of my doctors uses: If a fish is swimming in a dirty tank and it gets sick, do you take it to the vet and amputate the fin? No, you clean the water. So, I cleaned up my system. By eating organic raw greens, nuts and healthy fats, I am flooding my body with enzymes, vitamins and oxygen.

— Kris Carr

7. Protect your bedroom

My bedroom is my sanctuary. It’s like a refuge, and it’s where I do a fair amount of designing — at least conceptually.

— Vera Wang

8. Boatloads of sex and orgasms

‘Sex’ is as important as eating or drinking and we ought to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other.

— Marquis de Sade

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