11 Ways To Sleep Better Tonight

More than a third of adults fail to obtain the recommended seven to nine hours of nightly sleep, these 11 tips aim to remedy that

Richie Crowley
11 min readSep 20, 2021


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I was in college when a video titled “How Bad Do You Want It?” went viral.

It featured an NFL prospect, Giavanni Ruffin, in training sessions soundtracked by an Eric Thomas speech.

It’s a motivational piece of content.

In the speech, Thomas says that when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, that’s when you’ll be successful.

“I’m here to tell you that number one, most of you say you wanna be successful but you don’t want it bad, you just kind of want it. You don’t want it more than you wanna party. You don’t want it as much as you want to be cool. Most of you don’t want success as much as you want sleep.”

Thomas continued to compete success with sleep.

“I’m here to tell you today, if your going to be successful you gotta be willing to give up sleep. You gotta be willing to work with 3 hours of sleep, 2 hours of sleep. If you really wanna be successful, some days you’re gonna have to stay up 3 days in a row. Because, if you go to sleep you might miss the opportunity to be successful.”

At the time, I was a Division 1 college athlete with hopes of making the NHL. I feared missing an opportunity to be successful.

My life was 5 am wake-ups, two-a-days, and 8-hour bus rides followed by morning practices. I thought exhaustion was a requirement for success.

Sleep was sacrificed under the impression that it gave me an advantage.

Today, I recognize how foolish I was to subscribe to the words of Mr. Thomas.

If you want to be successful, you need to prioritize sleep.

You need to want to sleep, more than you want to be successful.

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Richie Crowley

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