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The Benefits of Sleep Contact

A study out of the University of Hertfordshire showed that 94 percent of couples that spent the night in contact with their partners were happy with their relationship. On the flip side, 68 percent of couples that slept the night on opposite sides of the bed showed the same feelings of happiness.

The same study found that couples that sleep touching face-to-face are far more content with their relationship than couples that sleep in the spoon position. But within the group of couples who sleep without contact, the group that slept facing the same direction was more content then the group that faced each other.

The research did not elaborate on what stage the relationships were at. From experience, we might assume that the close sleepers were probably at the initial stages of their time together.

Your comfort is important, but so is contact. Maintaining a physical bond with your partner will increase your endorphin levels and solidify your feelings for each other.

You may have a wonderful king size mattress to spread out on, but pull your sweetie close.

Before That Big Meeting

If you were to make a list of things not to eat before a meeting, blueberries and broccoli would definitely be on there. They get stuck in your teeth, and being blue and green, they’re pretty noticeable. As for things not to eat during a meeting – don’t eat spaghetti, especially if you are in a white shirt. Things not to say in a meeting? Avoid the usual taboos: religion, politics and try to keep the baby pictures in the wallet. This can be tough if you’re a new mom or dad. Same goes for pets.

So, what are some things you should do before a big meeting?

  1. Get a great night’s sleep. This is the single most important thing you can do. Don’t drink coffee or alcohol the night before. Get plenty of rest, and you will be sharp and alert. You won’t miss a beat, and no money will be left on the table. Focus is the friend of rest.
  2. Get your blood flowing. Go for a run or hit up the gym. But be sure to give yourself a solid hour after the shower for your body to cool down. There’s nothing worse than being the sweaty guy at the meeting. If it’s a hot day, give your body two hours to return to normal. The endorphins will keep you calm yet alert, the most potent mix you can ask for in business.
  3. Brush your teeth. You might have had some blueberries in your lunch, or maybe that salad is out to get you. Nice, fresh breath is always a plus, too.
  4. Eat lemons. Now, we’re not sure if this is an old wives’ tale or not, but apparently you smell better, and give off a scent of success if you eat lemons before a meeting. It can’t hurt to try.
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