With CEDIA Expo just around the bend, I wanted to share just one teensy, eesny bit of advice for those of you heading to San Diego. I call it my 6-2-1 rule.
#1 – Get 6 hours of sleep each and every night – minimum. Preferably, in your own bed! Sleep is so important, for so many reasons. When you’re sleeping, your body releases hormones and compounds that help maintain your immune system, helps you to retain memory, and helps to regulate your hunger levels.
You can’t catch up for the loss of sleep. Consistently sleeping less than six hours a night can negatively impact your health – and who wants to feel bad during the ultimate information and networking opportunity in the CI channel this year? Ideally, seven to eight hours of sleep is the right amount.
#2 – Eat at least 2 good meals a day. And by good meals, I mean healthy meals with a variety of fruits and vegetables. In fact, make fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and proteins part of your daily meals and snacks. And remember, limit added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium.
And make sure to drink plenty of water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. For every alcoholic beverage, make sure to drink 12 ounces of water.
#3 – Make sure you take at least 1 proper shower a day. Now, you might think I’m kidding here, but I’m not. And I’m not talking about hygiene and showing up on the show floor smelling like the bar you left at 2 a.m.
Among the benefits of taking a shower each day at the show (besides the above-mentioned odor issue) is that a good, vigorous shower will reduce muscle tension, improve blood circulation and remove toxins from your body. Here is a great article I’m referencing from that lists another eight reasons to make it a point of the daily shower routine.
So take my advice and get with my 6-2-1 rule while you’re listening and learning in San Diego. Have a great show!