Joe Miller Law - August 2018

HOW TO ACHIEVE A MORE RESTFUL NIGHT’S SLEEP

A good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your mind and body. One study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research found that the quality of your sleep is much more important than the quantity — that is, if you want to feel rested. And we all want to feel rested. So, what can you do to improve the quality of your sleep and get the rest you need? Listen to your body. This, above all else, is crucial to a good night’s sleep. Your body knows when it’s time for bed. Generally, you want to go to bed when you feel tired, whether that’s at 8 p.m. or 1 a.m. Whenever your body tells you it needs rest, you should make a habit of going to bed then. The more consistent you are, the better your sleep will be.

Kick the screen habit. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: Looking at an electronic screen — a TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone — before bed is detrimental to sleep quality. Light from these devices is disruptive to your brain’s suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), which helps regulate your circadian rhythm, and screen time before bed can throw off normal SCN function.

Put your excuses for staying up too late to bed. Say no to “one more episode.” And all those emails? They can wait until tomorrow. Not getting enough quality

sleep is harmful to your mental and physical health. When you get into the habit of following these three tips, you’ll

Wake up naturally. Jolting yourself awake with an alarm or radio isn’t doing your brain and body any favors (it can be stressful on the body and even elevate blood pressure, which is not good first thing in the morning). If you do need an alarm, consider a wake-up light. Wake-up lights mimic the sunrise, slowly brightening the room, waking your body in a natural, gentle way.

find yourself feeling rested and refreshed in no time.

... Cover article continued. show opening for America, one of the higher ups at Cellar Door who had seen my America show called me, said he was blown away and that he wanted to send me out on tour as a regular opening act for some other groups. The rock star future suddenly seemed within my grasp. My dad was the one who firmly told me I needed to finish law school before I ran off across the U.S. on tour with my guitar. That’s a real parent-type response, but he was right. I’ve met people who followed that path, some of whom are considered legends today, but with a few very famous exceptions, most who are my age in that world of music are now finding it difficult to make a living. And there’s no way I would have ever found my wife or had my beautiful daughters if I was running around chasing that rock star life. Plus, we all know the phrase, “Sex, drugs, and rock & roll.” Based on my bit of exposure to that world, I would say those things definitely tend to go together. And that’s all I’ll say about that.

So, I turned down the offer to tour, but I kept playing through law school and early into my legal career, joining other local bands such as Looks Money & Brains and Liquid, playing out in yet more local bars, and writing and recording my own music. I’ve played blues, hippie rock, new age, and a little bit of everything beyond. These days, I still keep my finger callouses up playing guitar and I still write and record, but I’m not playing gigs like I used to. It would

be nice to get back into it, even if just on a limited basis. After working on legal issues with my left-brain, playing music lets me flex my right-brain and somehow, seems to help me think and just makes everything seem to flow better in life. It’s relaxing and something I want to keep doing for the rest of my life. –Joseph Miller

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