I’m still surprised how many people have asked me about SleepPhones. Here is the main reason I use them instead of the speaker GEN the 10 Newspaper man readingon my nightstand. I have started listening to Brain Wave sounds in the background behind the music or podcasts. This app plays barely audible sounds into each ear to elicit different brain states. It may be nonsense, but I don’t wake up in the middle of the night any more, and I feel much more rested in the morning!

We opened enrollment for Sports Medicine University Monday! One of the aspects of the site that members have told me they like is our monthly Master Class. These are deep-dive webinars on all sorts of sports and exercise topics. Over the past year, we have discussed rotator cuff injuries, ACL injury prevention, sudden cardiac death and mandatory cardiac screening, performance-enhancing drugs and much more.

Don’t worry if you aren’t a physician or healthcare provider. Regardless of your medical knowledge, these webinars can help you! Click here to learn more about Sports Medicine University, and sign-up today!

Before you get going this weekend, check out these books and articles!

Book I read this week: How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday by Gerry Spence. This book is tremendous! I make notes in books as I read them or listen to them. I made so many notes here for techniques to use when trying to persuade someone. I love the emphasis on telling a story! Trust me. No matter what the scenario and who you are trying to convince of anything, this book can help you do it more effectively.

 Book I’m reading next week: Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy. I’ve had this book on my bookshelf for three years, and I’ve never read it. So many authors and thought leaders mention it in their work that I figured it’s time to see what it has to say!

Exercise and Fitness
What time of day works best for you? Busting the Fitness Myth: the Best Time to Workout by Chalene Johnson in ChaleneJohnson.com

I don’t usually snack before working out. Do you agree with these suggestions? Best Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks for Any Type of Exercise by Jenna Gross in Skinny Mom

Youth Sports
Much higher numbers than I would have guessed: Depressive symptoms prevalent among Division I college athletes in Medical News Today

These are the stories that have more and more parents worried: Editorial: Are sports worth the concussion risk for kids? in The Dallas Morning News

Social Media and CommunicationYoung football player making a tackle
I don’t think there is any one right way to write an article online, but this infographic has great tips: The Anatomy of a Perfect Blog Post by
Carly Stec in HubSpot

More tips to help your Google rankings: 5 Things You Can Do to Escape Google Penalties by Varun Sharma in ConvinceandConvert.com

Productivity and Self Improvement
These 3 points are crucial for achieving big goals: If You Commit to Nothing, You’ll Be Distracted by Everything by James Clear in Greatist

These are all terrific. Which would work for you? 10 Strategies For Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities by Ryan Holiday in RyanHoliday.net

Did you like one of these articles or books? Do you have any others to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

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