3 Reasons Why you Should Read More and How!

My mother pushed me and pushed me to read from a very young age and I never complied. Until, I found a book I loved. Ask any avid reader about the first book they genuinely enjoyed and they will reflect on it with great joy. For me it was Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. For most of my generation it was Harry Potter, which did cement the habit for me. Yet, today I meet countless individuals who tell me they cannot “get into reading.

1. You have no excuse not to have a 1,000 year old mind

Secretary of Defense James Madd Dog Mattis, transformed the Marine Corps as an organization with this call to action. Read the man’s book “Call Sign Chaos” and he details how he managed to pull off multiple feats of military genius. Was it his personal cunning, or the years of experience he had on the battlefield? No, he read about similar successful military actions in countless history books and war memoirs written by successful Generals.

He used the things he learned about in history to become an extremely successful individual. Rising from the rank of Lieutenant, to the Commanding General of CENTCOM and ultimately to the office of the Secretary of Defense. His direction to the Junior Officers of the Marine Corps who desired to achieve similar success; you can be new and inexperienced in anything, but you have no excuse not to benefit from the successes and mistakes of those who went before you and were kind enough to write about. Reading opens our mind to a new world of experience to benefit from. This only works for the military buffs though right?

2. It’s a ticket into the brains of geniuses and idiots

You can step into the mind of a total genius or a total psychopath should you choose to do so. Mein Kampf and Man’s Search For Meaning are equally available to the world. Where else do you have such an opportunity? The opportunity to sit down and experience the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of people who have experienced everything you have not. Think of all of the failures those people learned from? Can’t you benefit from those failures without the pain of having to actually experience it? Right now you can pick up a book and be welcomed into the brains of people who have made billions, survived the greatest atrocities in the world, or spent their lifetime studying a single topic.

3. It’s a cup of coffee with a mentor but on Steroids

In my profession I meet countless people who want to ask certain successful people in our company for a cup of coffee or fifteen minutes of their time to get advice. While I respect this, I think it’s actually a huge waste of time. It would be more efficient for a single successful person at the firm to write a white-paper on the do’s and don’ts of a successful consulting career. This would cut down on the unnecessary formalities of “tell me a little bit about yourself” and, “what are your goals?” Resulting in a better workforce across the firm and less time wasted on 15 minute coffee meet and greets.

This is exactly what a book is. it’s a person taking the time to put forward their thoughts on a topic for the world to benefit from. It’s a dedicated argument that has been (in most cases) concisely put together, edited, reviewed, and updated for your benefit. You would most likely ask Elon Musk to sit down for a cup of coffee. Why wouldn’t you read a book written by a man who spent hours and hours with him?

How to Read More

To take another note from General Mattis. Get rid of your TV. The man got rid of his TV and spent many of his nights reading what he could to sharpen his mind. I think this alone from a productivity standpoint can be a huge help. Since I was in college I have tried very hard to avoid time wasters like Video Games, binge-watching netflix, and the like. Sometimes I am more successful than others. If distractions are not your problem I recommend starting by reading things you like.

If you’re a big meathead, odds are your favorite sports-player has a biography written about them. If you like the out doors there are countless individuals who have written about their time spent in the wild. The information age has granted us an abundance of choice. It would be very difficult to have a set of interests someone hasn’t already written about in great detail.

I have found one thing to be the most helpful. DEAR. Drop Everything And Read. I set a time every evening when, no matter what I have going on. I drop everything I am doing and sit down and read for an hour. Sometimes I get pulled into conversations that matter to me more than my book of the moment. Other times I fall asleep after a half hour of reading. Yet I still manage to read more and more than most people with this simple concept.

The world is giving you an opportunity to step inside the minds of giants. Read you fools!

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John McCarthy is the founder of the Post Modern Patriot blog and the host of our podcast. He is a former Marine Infantry Officer, Husband, father, and son. He is obsessed with individual performance in the realms of health, wealth, relationships, and the intersection of all three. He strives to share that with the world so that he can empower others to live boldly. Let’s leave a legacy!!!

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EP 67: One little Trick to Leadership

Last week was filled with thank you’s for Veteran’s Day and Happy Birthday’s for the celebration of the founding of the United States Marine Corps. It got me thinking about the things I learned in the military that are still applicable in the civillian world after being out of uniform for almost two years now. If I had to boil all my training down to one single leadership trick/hack what have you it would be this. Listen to find out!

What’s On Tap

Trader Joe’s Nicaragua Blend

This Week’s Recommendation

The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch,

The 80/20 principle is one of the great secrets of highly effective people and organizations.

Did you know, for example, that 20 percent of customers account for 80 percent of revenues? That 20 percent of our time accounts for 80 percent of the work we accomplish? The 80/20 Principle shows how we can achieve much more with much less effort, time, and resources, simply by identifying and focusing our efforts on the 20 percent that really counts. Although the 80/20 principle has long influenced today’s business world, author Richard Koch reveals how the principle works and shows how we can use it in a systematic and practical way to vastly increase our effectiveness, and improve our careers and our companies.

The unspoken corollary to the 80/20 principle is that little of what we spend our time on actually counts. But by concentrating on those things that do, we can unlock the enormous potential of the magic 20 percent, and transform our effectiveness in our jobs, our careers, our businesses, and our lives.

Links in Show Notes

The Infantry Officer Course

Von Clausewitz

Why Every Company Should Hire Infantry Officers

Simon Sinek’s Book

Elon Musk Book

Viktor Frankl

The First American

Warfighting

General Mattis Letter to 1st Marine Division

“You Are About to Embark on a Great Crusade” Eisenhower’s Message to the troops.

Call Sign Chaos-James Mattis’s Book

Isaac Wyant and Exploiting an Adverse situation

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How Can You Be Proud To Be An American?

Do you ever wonder that? How on earth is it possible to be proud to be born the citizen of a certain country? How can a sentient being take pride in something that was absolute chance? That they would be born in this nation over another? Why is winning that lottery something you should take pride in? Sometimes I wonder this myself. Below are the reasons I argue that I can and should take pride in being born an American.

My heritage

I’m the son of Irish and Scottish immigrants. People who came to this country to escape things like the potato famine and oppression from a monarchy. Like many Americans my relatives did not hail from the aristocracy in their native lands. Had they been of a more fortunate blood-line they most likely would have stayed home.

So they came here. To a nation that claimed to welcome them on paper but in reality did not necessarily want all of them to come here. “Irish need not apply” was a sign found in many storefronts. The White Anglo-Saxan Protestants which I also can claim heritage to, referred to some of my ancestors as “Green N Words.” Some of the Irish who came to this country when my family did, landed on American Shores and immediately were shipped off to fight in the civil war.

Whether Scottish or Irish ancestry I’m proud to claim that my family served this nation upon arrival. My grandfather was a decorated WWII Veteran. Irish Marines are the single most decorated ethnicity within the Marine Corps for combat valor. These are Americans I am proud to claim in my heritage .

The Results of Capitalism

My Grandfather returned from WWII and started his own business. He became a member of his church vestry, he was on the town rotary. He was a valued member of the community. My Father grew up in the projects in Jersey City. He grew up shining shoes and selling christmas trees to earn a buck. He worked as a janitor’s aid after hours in the same school he took classes in during the day.

At one point he found it easier to make a buck in less honest ways and pursued that path. After finding himself on the wrong side of the law, he decided to pursue a career as an electrical contractor and he worked his way up to owning his own business. He and my mother, another business leader in the family, gave me every opportunity they didn’t have. This nation may have a history of discrimination and oppression like every other nation that has risen to power. One thing we have not discriminated against is an individual’s ability to capitalize on inefficiencies in the market. My family has benefitted from this freedom of opportunity.

Our Founding Principles

America is in fact the manifestation of a philosophy. A theory of government that no one believed to be possible until we pulled it off. America gave several gifts to the world in their founding.

  1. The right to revolution.
  2. Conditional rule of the government at the consent of the governed
  3. Execution of the philosophy of a republic

Prior to the signing of the declaration of independence, colonialism was an accepted practice. At the end of the Revolutionary War in America it became an accepted practice to overthrow a Monarchy. Rather than return power to a new Monarchy the American people made clear that the rule of a group would be conditional. To do so planted the power in the people of this nation.

Finally, this form of government was a theory, an idea at one point. Much like socialism, communism, fascism it was just a theory of rule. The American people executed this theory and unlike the aforementioned forms of rule we have survived to great success.

The Absence of Superiority in Pride

This last portion of my pride in this country stems from one of the greatest things about our people. My citizenship, family history, and military service do not make me any better than any individual who earns their citizenship tomorrow. Furthermore, I am no better than an individual who burns our flag, detests our form of government, and kneels during our anthem. In fact, the very ability of an individual to hate this country, detest our government, and remain a full citizen, is why I love this country. I am rewarded in this nation based on the merit of my character and the hard work I’m willing to contribute to our capitalist economy.

I believe many people wrongly encourage those people who hate this country to go somewhere else. I ask those people who hate this country to stay. Your rumblings have one of two results on the outcome of our proud history. They can reinforce our beliefs. Or they force us to adopt new beliefs that can withstand your rumblings, making us stronger in our own resolve and enhancing our pride in the stars and stripes.

Immediate Heritage

Even though we seem to forget this in our words and actions, America is in fact a land of immigrants. This very fact means we all are lifted up by the growth of others whom we share no bloodline with. Every American is related to me, but by a common bond of opportunity and a deep affection for freedom. A human being can land on these shores tomorrow, take all the necessary steps to become a citizen and claim the same heritage and pride that I do. I believe they should be expected to contribute to this nation as a citizen. Yet if they don’t, they are allowed to ride the coat tails of our trials, tribulations, and growth as a nation.

This shared heritage is what separates America from so many countries throughout the world and it is something I take great pride in.

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John McCarthy is the founder of the Post Modern Patriot blog and the host of our podcast. He is a former Marine Infantry Officer, Husband, father, and son. He is obsessed with individual performance in the realms of health, wealth, relationships, and the intersection of all three. He strives to share that with the world so that he can empower others to live boldly. Let’s leave a legacy!!!

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Maxims for dealing with questionable outcomes

Many Americans put too much weight on the opinions of veterans at times like right now. Veterans are not experts in politics, economics, or international policy. Some of us do know a little more about the last one than your average bear, but not all of us are experts in it. That being said military personnel are extremely good at a lot of other things that I think can benefit American Citizens during times of uncertainty. Take the list below and use it in all aspects of your life and I promise you will reap the benefits.

In the absence of direction change what you can; ignore what you can’t.

If anyone understands what it is like to wait on the dissemination of information from the big cogs of the political machine it is the United States Military. Simultaneously, waiting for direction from higher can be disastrous. Failing to seize initiative will surely result in defeat and in military engagements, death (See any major Russian battle in the the last hundred years). Are you unsure of the outcome of the pandemic, civil rights movements, and elections? Great! Wake up every day and do the things you can to continue moving forward and gain ground. This means:

  • Showing up and giving it everything you have at work
  • Investing resources in yourself and areas where you can generate gains (see find a way to win)
  • Focusing on your personal health and wellness
  • Enjoying time with friends and loved ones (see more in morale)
  • Marching toward personal short and long-term goals

Morale is everything

Negativity and positivity are equally contagious. Negativity and Positivity have an equal level of impact on those people around you. Choose to spread negativity and I promise you, you will see said negativity in those people you are closest with. It spreads like a virus and reproduces like mold. Choose to spread positivity however and you will see it multiply with exponential effect in your own groups and out to those around you. There are countless stories of heroism on behalf of the American Military (See last stand of fox company or Faith of my Fathers).

Build a strong group around you that you can depend on.

Talk to anyone who has been a POW and they all can point to those few individuals who helped them to keep the faith. The beauty of helping others keep the faith is that at times your morale will flag and fail. You will be able to lean on others in your camp should you grow weak in your own resolve. Growing weak in your own resolve is not a matter of if. It is a matter of when. Some of us wither faster than others. Strong groups of individuals take far longer to break than a single individual

John McCain wrote in Faith of My Fathers about his time in the Hanoi Hilton and other POW camps. One of the things the Vietnamese did to break the welfare of Americans to great success was keeping them isolated from one and another. When the Vietnamese finally allowed the POWs to live communally they grew stronger. They developed a resistant spirit and kept faith with their fellow prisoners. They sourced dozens of small pieces of fabric and a bamboo needle. They sowed a flag and said the pledge of allegiance together every day. They never could have accomplished this alone.

You are not the only one facing adversity.

If you are in a situation where you have fierce competition, do not build them up in your own head. They are not the boogeyman. They are not living in some fantasy world that is not impacted by the same difficulties you are facing. The playing board is level. The deck is not stacked against you. The Marines who fought at the Choisin Resevoir in subzero temperatures were amazed to find journals of their enemy complaining about the cold temperatures. After all they were fighting in their home territory, why weren’t they prepared for it.? They were human, that is why. The enemy doesn’t have some superpower or secret trick that you don’t.

Find a way to win!!!

There is one key factor to success for anyone who accomplishes the impossible. They refused to believe the stupid shit everyone around them constantly told them. They refused to believe that things people told them were impossible actually were. Instead they chose to find a around the obstacles in their path. They exploited there own strengths and the weaknesses of individuals, systems, or area around them in order to achieve the impossible. You will rarely ever have an optimal situation to follow through on the things you want to achieve.

You can always save a little more before making a big purchase. You can always make an excuse that now just isn’t the right time. I’ll start my diet tomorrow. We’ll save more money next month. We can start trying to have a kid next year. The landing on the beaches of Normandy had good reason to be canceled leading into D-day. The allies chose to do it anyway and had they waited much longer Adolf Hitler very well may have reallocated his forces to have even stronger defenses to withstand an attack at a later date.

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John McCarthy is the founder of the Post Modern Patriot blog and the host of our podcast. He is a former Marine Infantry Officer, Husband, father, and son. He is obsessed with individual performance in the realms of health, wealth, relationships, and the intersection of all three. He strives to share that with the world so that he can empower others to live boldly. Let’s leave a legacy!!!

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EP 66: America’s Post-Election Call to Action

On Today’s Podcast I share a few notes about the recent Presidential election. I discuss the threat of civil-war. More importantly I share the things that I think we all have to be positive about and what we need to vote on tomorrow and the next day. As always I remind the American people that we have a responsibility, to carry on our proud tradition as Americans of moving forward regardless of the circumstances around us.

Links From Today’s Show

Steven Pinker- Enlightenment Now

Our (America’s) Ten contributions to Civilization

Something more people need to read

What Prisoners Can Teach us About Patriotism

What’s On Brew

Rook Columbia Blend- CLICK HERE

Podcast Recommendation

Joe Rogan and Wesley Hunt

Episode 65 with Rodney Coursey

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Do Things that Suck With Good Friends

Today I was reminded of something I frequently experienced while serving in the Greatest Fighting Force on Earth. It is extremely important to do things that suck. This jarring shock outside of our comfort zone is what makes us feel most alive. It makes us appreciate all of the normal comforts of life we so frequently take for granted. More Importantly though, you should do these awful things with friends.

This morning I woke up and walked down my stairs at 7 am to find one of my best friends sitting on my front porch waiting to go jump in the ocean with me. What’s most important is that he showed up on the day when it was 55 degrees, pouring rain, and there was a hurricane off of the coast. He didn’t show up on the optimal, sunny, 64 degree day. He showed up when I personally was extremely pissed off about circumstances outside of my control (don’t do that). It was a metaphor for life.

It reminded me that in the shittiest times of my life I am never alone. That no matter what I truly believe or how alone I feel, there are people I can depend upon to help me weather the storm. When I was on active duty this was something I experienced frequently. Waking up with symptoms of hypothermia, feeling like I was about to break from hiking miles with 150 lb packs, and wondering why the hell I made the decisions I made in my life were never experienced alone.

I always had a buddy next to me. One who looked to me in his moments of weakness and one I looked to in moments of my own weakness. In those moments you realize that weakness is universal and temporary. It is not a condition forced upon us forever like a terminal illness. It is a mindset we choose to entertain or throw away. Those men that can do this on their own 100% of the time are extremely, EXTREMELY, few and far between. The strongest men, have people they can depend upon to weather the storm.

So to you I say, go out and do shitty things with your best friends. I promise that 10 years from now you will not sit around talking about the time you stayed in your warm home on your comfy couch. You will take great pride in the subzero temperatures you faced when trying to summit a mountain. You will take pride in how close you came to breaking mentally, or physically, and managed to persevere for one single reason. You had great friends with you that you could depend upon.

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John McCarthy is the founder of the Post Modern Patriot blog and the host of our podcast. He is a former Marine Infantry Officer, Husband, father, and son. He is obsessed with individual performance in the realms of health, wealth, relationships, and the intersection of all three. He strives to share that with the world so that he can empower others to live boldly. Let’s leave a legacy!!!

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EP 65: Race In America and the BLM Movement With Rodney Coursey

On this week’s episode I’m fortunate to bring on one of my best friends who was extremely active in the BLM movement in New Jersey. This is Rodney Coursey’s third appearance on this show. Yet this discussion between Rodney and myself takes a completely different tone. The discussion of Race and Ethnicity in America is NEVER, an easy one. Yet our nation has come extremely far in our ability to talk about these things, point out where we were wrong, and where we have made great strides forward. I’ve known Rodney since we were both 12 years old. He knows more about me than most human beings on this earth.

I am truly happy that he and I were able to have this conversation and set an example for Americans to understand that these conversations need not be emotionally charged. As Rodney said at the end of the episode, we both learned a lot in this discussion. We both grew from it. I hope that you enjoy this episode. I hope it pushes you outside of your comfort zone. I hope it gets you to have some discussions with people you don’t normally have, whether they are about race or not.

Links Rodney Asked to Share

Legislation

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/40https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7120/text
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/4263

Protest Related Information

https://www.newarknj.gov/news/mayor-baraka-activist-larry-hamm-join-forces-again-in-orderly-protest-against-police-brutality
https://www.papermag.com/poster-boy-op-ed-2646169175.html?rebelltitem=12#rebelltitem12https://www.app.com/videos/news/local/2020/06/08/brick-protest-im-here-because-ive-had-enough/5322200002/
https://www.app.com/story/news/local/communitychange/2020/06/03/george-floyd-asbury-park-rally-peaceful-end-night-not/3123071001/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/march-on-washington-dc-mlk-racial-equality-watch-live-stream-today-2020-08-28/https://www.cnn.com/2015/10/10/us/million-man-march/index.html
https://kim.house.gov/
Additional Information

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/black-codes-and-jim-crow-laws/https://www.npr.org/2017/05/03/526655831/a-forgotten-history-of-how-the-u-s-government-segregated-americahttps://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2020/06/25/five-big-ideas-to-narrow-the-racial-wealth-gap/#27e8e3ec51ac
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/10/27/slavery-reparations-holocaust-restitution-negotiations-229881
https://www.aclu.org/news/racial-justice/h-r-40-is-not-a-symbolic-act-its-a-path-to-restorative-justice/
https://www.nbcnews.com/specials/american-dream-while-black-homeownership/
https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2020/09/02/united-shades-of-america-reparations-clip-2.cnn
https://ados101.com/about-ados
https://socialequity.duke.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/what-we-get-wrong.pdf

Book Recommendation

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/173317/1001-things-everyone-should-know-about-african-american-history-by-jeffrey-c-stewart/

Additional Links From Today’s Show

Ahmad Arbery

George Floyd

20th Anniversary of The Million Man March

Louis Farrakhan

Jill Lepore’s Book

40 Acres and a Mule

Jewish WWII Reparations

Japanese Internment Camp Reparations

H.R 40 Bill Definition

Talking With Strangers by Gladwell

The Kansas City Experiment

Jacob Blake

Haditha Killings

David and Goliath

George Raveling

George Raveling’s 1st and 2nd Interview on the Tim Ferris Show

Stanford Prison Experiment

Rodney’s Instagram

Garden State Hip Hop

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EP 64: What Can Prisoners Teach Us about Patriotism?

In today’s episode I discuss a lesson learned from prisoners who paid great attention to the pledge of allegiance. In a time when many Americans are cursing institutions and the very fabric this nation is founded upon, I point to men we can learn from. Men who questioned the convictions of their nation and frequently wondered if they were forgotten about. We can all learn a lot from these men, enjoy 20 minutes of one of my short-form episodes to get your day started.

Links From today’s Show

Faith of My Fathers

John McCain’s speech about Mike Christian

Find a way to win

Serve your country

Exploit adversity

My Wife

What’s Brewing

Wegman’s Island Paradise Blend. Click the image to check it out, My wife came home the other day with a pair of leggings from target she claimed were a “total dupe” meaning perfect knock off. You can buy this bag of coffee from wegmans at 16 dollars for 2 lbs of coffee. I’ve had coffee that costs 16 dollars for a single lb that doesn’t taste as good as this stuff. GIVE IT A WHIRL, or a French Press in my case.


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EP 63: How to Exploit adverse situations and Maximize Opportunity With isaac Wyant

Boy am I stoked to share this episode with listeners. Isaac Wyant attended California State University- Sacramento and received a degree in Criminal Justice and Corrections.  While awaiting assignment to active duty Isaac taught computer science and history in California for the Tracy Unified School District. Isaac served in the United States Marine Corps as a platoon commander in Iraq and in his final tour was assigned to the coveted position of 81 mm Mortar platoon commander, an assignment generally reserved for the best Lieutenant in each Battalion. Isaac is currently in his second year of Harvard law and was just selected to the journals of law and public policy as an articles editor.

Links From Today’s Show

My First Podcast with Isaac

On the Road

Into the Wild

The Basic School

What is a Gator

Survival Experts

Being Alone in Nature

Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication: War Fighting

Von Clausewitz

Obstacle is the way

Digital Minimalism

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Confessions of Recovering Sleep Waster

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In light of my Sober October Shenanigans I think it is Important that I share some things about sleep with blog viewers/podcast listeners. In case somehow you haven’t seen my daily posts I’m not drinking any alcohol or consuming any tobacco in “Sober October.” I’m also avoiding streaming television services except for one movie a week if babygurl requests it. In addition I’m stretching for 20 minutes a day, reading for 20 minutes a day, and I start every morning with a 3 minute plunge into the ocean up to my neck. Lastly, I’m providing myself a daily sleep window of 8 hours.

In light of that last bullet I want to share some reasons why you should pay attention to your own sleep whether you are doing sober October or not. I say this because I used to be the king of sleep deprivation. I would rip caffeine all night long in an effort to avoid sleep, finding it to be a waste of time. My friends can all tell you I was frequently heard saying, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Well here are all of the reasons why you should not avoid sleep.

  • 8 hours of sleep increases your immune system’s strength and your body’s ability to develop anti-bodies (take that COVID)
  • 8 hours of sleep can lead to an increase in creativity and brain function specifically related to problem solving skills
  • Increased sleep reduces hormones known to increase anxiety and depression
  • Increased sleep can increase your willpower to resist unhealthy foods and activities
  • Increased sleep is correlated with reductions in heart disease and Alzheimer’s
  • Meatheads: More sleep leads to an increased release of naturally produced Human Growth Hormone leading to bigger and more recovered muscles.

If you want to learn more about all of the benefits of sleep I suggest reading this book. If you want to just take my word for it than here are some tips you can implement tonight to increase your sleep quality and duration.

  • Warm Showers before bed increase blood flow and lead to a reduction in core body temperature that brings on sleep faster
  • Schedule and Routine are just as important for starting your day off properly. Keep your evening routine similar and on a schedule and ensure you are getting in bed and waking up within the same half hour time frame daily.
  • Exercise helps the body to use up unnecessary energy. Ensure you do so more than 3 hours before bed time if possible.
  • Large Meals can cause indigestion that interrupts sleep. Try to eat dinner more than 2 hours before bed time but don’t go to bed hungry either.
  • Naps after 3 pm can interrupt your circadian rhythm and negatively impact a good nights sleep. This doesn’t mean napping is bad and a lot of information exists to support bi-phase (two) sleeping parents in humans.
  • Sunlight exposure in the day aids our body in regulating a circadian rhythm that unwinds at night
  • Caffeine within 8 hours of bed time can interrupt sleep because caffeine has a very long half life of 8 hours.
  • Alcohol not digested and filtered out of the blood stream within 2 hours of bed time can rob us of necessary REM sleep.
  • Gadget Free Rooms are important and blue light avoidance at night can assist in better sleep. For this reason I sleep with a mask at night and my wife definitely makes fun of me for it.

I believe that sleep is the path to longer, happier, and healthy life for one reason. I have severely deprived myself of it and seen the repercussions. After focusing on sleep I have found I have more energy, a better mood, and increased performance in athletics and work. More Americans need to focus on sleep on a daily basis. Avoiding focusing on sleep now will force you to focus on health problems later.

Let’s Leave a Legacy!!!

About the Author

John McCarthy is the founder of the Post Modern Patriot blog and the host of our podcast. He is a former Marine Infantry Officer, Husband, father, and son. He is obsessed with individual performance in the realms of health, wealth, relationships, and the intersection of all three. He strives to share that with the world so that he can empower others to live boldly. Let’s leave a legacy!!!

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