The Lawyer’s Well-Being Brief

A Look at Tom Brady’s Sleep Routine

Marc W. Crayton

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“The first wealth is health.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcome back or welcome to, the Lawyer’s Well-being Brief. We are back to Pilar # 2 today, Sleep.An investment in our sleep is an investment in our well-being.

Tom Brady played in the NFL for 23 seasons. Brady was selected 199th overall by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Brady’s accomplishments on the football field are unmatched. He holds many major quarterback records, including most career passing yards, completions, touchdown passes, and games started. He is the NFL leader in career quarterback wins, quarterback regular season wins, quarterback playoff wins, and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, and the only Super Bowl MVP for two different franchises. Additional accolades held by Brady include the most Pro Bowl selections and the first unanimous NFL MVP. The only quarterback to win a Super Bowl in three separate decades, Brady is also noted for the longevity of his success. He was the oldest NFL MVP at age 40, the oldest Super Bowl MVP at age 43, and the oldest quarterback selected to the Pro Bowl at age 44.

Brady attributes much of his longevity and success to his strict health and well-being regimen. He consistently went to bed at 9:00 pm and consistently woke up at 6:00 am. Brady made sure he didn’t eat anything too late in order to give his body time to digest his food before he would go to sleep. He also avoided any stimulants prior to going to bed. Although Brady liked to workout early in the morning, he advised that if you were going to workout close to you bedtime, make sure to get it done two or three hourse before you go to bed so that your mind and body aren’t over stimulated. Brady turns off his electronics at least a half hour before he goes to bed and he likes to keep his bedroom cool.

We don’t have to be one of the greatest football players of all time to be able to implement some of these sleep tips. Can we strive to consistently go to bed and wake up at the same time, absolutely. Can we make sure we aren’t eating too close to our bed time, of course we can. Can we avoid stimulants too close to bed time, yes, yes we can. Can we get our workouts in before it’s time for us to go to bed, sure, why not. Can we shut down the electronics early enough so that our minds and bodys aren’t overly stimulated, of course we can. Can we find ways to make sure our bedrooms are cool enough to promote good sleep, I think so.

On paper, these all seem like they are easy to do. In reality, they are easy concepts, but will require effort. Effort is something we can control.

Forward, always!

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Marc W. Crayton

I help newer, younger lawyers make better well-being decisions so that they can thrive personally and professionally. Forward, always!