Sleep More – Earn More – Live Longer

by | Jun 13, 2012 | Archives

When you sleep more, you are likely to earn better, live longer and live more enjoyably.

The time gained by burning the candle at both ends is not a good investment!

Merri and I make sure we get eight solid hours of sleep almost every night.  One thing that Merri and I love about the time we spend at our farm is the quiet and the dark.  Nature lulls us gently to sleep.

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Our farm (marked A on the map above) is in one of the darkest spots in the…

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Eastern US.  Dark nights help us avoid this very common and bad habit.

We find that getting enough quality sleep is an important contributor to both the mental clarity and energy we need to keep up with our heavy business workload.

Now this excerpt from a recent USA TODAY front page article entitled “Lack of sleep increases stroke risk” by Janice Lloyd suggests this is also good for our health when it says:   The 30% of working adults who routinely sleep less than six hours a night are four times more likely to suffer a stroke, says a new study.

Fewer people report eight or more hours of sleep a night, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

The findings are the first to link insufficient sleep to stroke; they’re also the first to apply even to adults who keep off extra pounds and have no other risk factors for stroke, says Megan Ruiter, lead author of the report. It will be presented Monday at the 26th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston.

“People know how important diet and exercise are in preventing strokes,” says Ruiter, of the University of Alabama in Birmingham. “The public is less aware of the impact of insufficient amounts of sleep.  Sleep is important — the body is stressed when it doesn’t get the right amount.”

The number of people who report eight or more hours of sleep a night has dropped from 38% in 2001 to 28%, says the National Sleep Foundation. A government study in May found 30% of working adults get six hours or less. Experts recommend seven to nine.

Previous research has shown that sustained partial sleep deprivation leads to modestly increased risk for cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks. But the new study focuses on people of normal weight, says Reena Pande, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“This makes you scratch your head and say it’s not just the known factors,” says Pande. “Less sleep is clearly linked to many harmful changes in the cardiovascular system.”

There are many ways to improve sleep.

One is living in remote dark, quiet places as Merri and I do.

Sleep debt. 

Light pollution causes many sleep disorders and sleep deprivation causes sleep debt.  To do well in these times of change the most important assets we need are… the ability to communicate… plus we need out of the box novel thinking and our logic.   Yet sleep debt… as you’ll see in excerpts below from a Brynmawr University website can destroy them all!

Sleep deprivation is a huge global problem.  Industrialization has created a high paced lifestyle that creates a lack of time to get everything done. Too many burn the candles at both ends and the shortfall usually cuts out sleep.

Plus sleep deprivation is a growing medical disorder that is usually missed because sleep is not taught in medical school.  In fact most medical students are run through a gauntlet of missed sleep and build huge sleep debts before they even start to practice.

The cost of sleep debt in lost production, accidents, and human lives is astronomical.

What is Sleep Debt?  When you miss sleep you need, you begin to build up a sleep debt.   If you lose an hour’s sleep a day in a week you have a 7 hours of sleep debt. This can be made up for by sleeping in on the weekend but if not, losses of really important functions… especially in these tense times… begin to occur.

Excerpts from a biology lesson at a Brynmawr University website entitled “The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Brain and Behavior” explains: Sleep deprivation is a commonplace occurrence in modern culture. Every day there seems to be twice as much work and half as much time to complete it in. This results in either extended periods of wakefulness or a decrease in sleep over an extended period of time. While some people may like to believe that they can train their bodies to not require as much sleep as they once did this belief is false (1). Sleep is needed to regenerate certain parts of the body, especially the brain, so that it may continue to function optimally. After periods of extended wakefulness or reduced sleep neurons may begin to malfunction, visibly effecting a person’s behavior. Some organs, such as muscles, are able to regenerate even when a person is not sleeping so long as they are resting. This could involve lying awake but relaxed within a quite environment. Even though cognitive functions might not seem necessary in this scenario the brain, especially the cerebral cortex, is not able to rest but rather remains semi-alert in a state of “quiet readiness” (2). Certain stages of sleep are needed for the regeneration of neurons within the cerebral cortex while other stages of sleep seem to be used for forming new memories and generating new synaptic connections. The effects of sleep deprivation on behavior have been tested with relation to the presence of activity in different sections of the cerebral cortex.

The frontal lobe is the most fascinating section of the brain with relation to sleep deprivation. Its functions are associated with speech as well as novel and creative thinking (5). Sleep deprived test subjects have difficulties thinking of imaginative words or ideas. Instead, they tend to choose repetitious words or clichéd phrases. Also, a sleep-deprived individual is less able to deliver a statement well. The subject may show signs of slurred speech, stuttering, speaking in a monotone voice, or speaking at a slower pace than usual (6). Subjects in research studies also have a more difficult time reacting well to unpredicted rapid changes. Sleep deprived people do not have the speed or creative abilities to cope with making quick but logical decisions, nor do they have the ability to implement them well. Studies have demonstrated that a lack of sleep impairs one’s ability to simultaneously focus on several different related tasks, reducing the speed as well as the efficiency of one’s actions (8). A person may be able to react to a complex scenario when suddenly presented with it but, similar to the verbal tests, the subject will most likely pick an unoriginal solution. If presented with a similar situation multiple times with slight variations in the information presented the subject chooses the same solution, even though it might not be as applicable to the new scenario (9).

There are other sleep aids we use, like essential oils.

Our friend Candace Newman, the Oil Lady, has created a tranquility blend of essentials oils to help one relax before sleep.

Candace writes:  Who amongst us would not invite more peace and tranquility into our days and nights? The calm in the center of the storm … the order that comes out of chaos …. these are the challenges of the times. Essential oils serve us well here.

The Peace of Aromatic Health and Prosperity to you!

Oils of Tranquility – Many come to mind … some are exceptional.

Essential oils are examples of holistic medicine by their very nature. The medicinal liquid cares for the skin and tissue; the aroma comforts the mind, emotion and spirit. Some have natural tranquilizer properties.

Lavender is the #1 essential oil to balance the central nervous system. It can shift stress, grief, overwhelm, fear, hypo and hyper rhythms. It anesthetizes the wild monkeys in the mind, and reminds us that everything will be OK. I call it the “River of Peace” and “Oil of Homeostasis”.

Sweet Orange essential oil comes from the rind and it is sweet and nurturing with a fresh-fruity aroma. Soothing the nerves and lifting the spirit, it tends to make us smile and remind us of sweets and holidays.

Roman Chamomile sedates the nerves and flows like a river through the built-up damns of mental overload. The strong aroma can be overpowering, so it’s best combined with some of these other essential oils in light dosages.

Vetiver is distilled from the roots of a tall grass in India where it is referred to as the “Oil of Tranquility”. Its deep earthy-woody aroma makes it a sedative and deeply relaxing for nervous tension.

Valerian is an ancient well-known herb for its relaxant powers. The essential oil is very strong … a little dab of it in a blend does the job.

All the above oils make-up the orchestra of our Natural Tranquilizer Oil Blend.

•    Use this blend of calming oils to soothe and balance the mind and emotions.

•    Apply to nose, temples, back of neck, chest and belly.

•    Use as a massage blend.

•    Good as a bath oil. Get in the bath first and massage temples, neck, chest and belly.

Candace goes beyond tranquility to help you sleep with a Sweet Sleep Set of Essential Oils!

She says:  For a good night’s sleep, use our Lavender Mist, a drop of Lavender on your pillow, and massage temples, neck and belly. See our Sweet Sleep Set.  Pour in palm, rub palms together, cup nose, close eyes and breathe deeply.

This was developed after we opened our shop-studio in Naples, Florida for a client that requested a “natural tranquilizer” to calm down and to sleep. I first learned about Vetiver in 1990 as the “Oil of Tranquility” from India. It is smooth and luscious with Orange, Lavender and Chamomile … and combines well with Valerian (the well-known herb for stress and anxiety).  Some carry it around with them during the day and apply a little to their nose, others keep it on their bed-stand for rest and sleep, and Grandmothers do belly rubs for their grandchildren at bedtime. Good for traveling too.

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See more on the sweet sleep set here.

Another way to sleep better is to exercise more.

Merri and I lived and worked with this Ecuador healer for years.


One of his specialties was to bring imbalanced children back to a healthy state.   His approach was simple and magical. Over the years, we watched a number of health miracles.

He told us there were three steps on restoring balance and health.   Eat Right… Work Hard (which if done takes care of the of the third step)… sleep well.

This works well for me and exercise is the one thing we can control the most.

Good nutrition is perhaps more important than exercise but this is harder to control.  Hunger is such an insidious sin… much more difficult to control than laziness and or lack of routine.

Exercise is the easiest discipline and good exercise regulates blood sugar and hunger.  When we miss the right nutritional moves and the system starts sliding out of balance.

When I work too hard and skip my exercise, pretty soon I feel hungrier and do not sleep as well at night.

Exercise can help slow down the imbalance.

An excerpt below from the New York Times article “To Fall Asleep, Get Off the Couch” by  Craig Hacker supports this notion (bolds are mine).

TORMENTED by pain from two decades of lower back problems, Don Cook was nearly at his wits’ end. Operations, traction, drugs — nothing seemed to work. At the behest of his family, he signed up for an exercise program for older people at Wichita State University, near his hometown, Derby, Kan.

Under a supervised program at the university’s Center for Physical Activity and Aging, Mr. Cook at first couldn’t walk for 10 minutes without his back pain flaring up. Now, 13 months later, he strides briskly and confidently for 50 minutes at a time, covering about two miles around the center’s one-eighth-mile indoor track.

His back feels better, his posture is better, he is off pain medication, and he has discarded his cane. But he also accrued another, unexpected benefit: “I fall asleep quickly and sleep through the night,” Mr. Cook said. “Which is unusual for me.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of adults ages 60 and over have trouble sleeping.  One of the most effective — not to mention cheapest — remedies may be the same thing that Mr. Cook used to help his back: exercise.

In a 2011 study at the University of Massachusetts, activity habits of 22 adults (11 men, 11 women) ages 65 to 81 were followed over 10 days by the use of accelerometers — pager-size devices that measure body movements.

“There was definitely a strong correlation between sleep quality and physical activity,” said Jane Kent-Braun, a professor and physiologist who supervised the study. “Those who were more active each day reported fewer problems sleeping than those who were sedentary.”

That was not surprising. But the amount of activity needed to improve sleep was. “Those who had better quality of sleep were moderately active,” she said. “These were people who were out there just moving around, gardening, walking the dog.”

Findings similar to those of this study, which was presented in June at the annual conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in Indianapolis, have been reported by other investigators. A 2011 study at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that physical activity was a “promising strategy” to decrease frequent sleep interruptions among those with arthritis.

Another study, done at Oregon State University and published in December in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity, looked at activity and sleeping habits of 2,600 men and women 18 to 85 years of age. Those who followed the federal Department of Health and Human Services guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week reported a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality.

Exercise as simple as walking can help sleep.

Another way to enhance sleep is to learn Super Thinking.

Students (and teachers) of Super Thinking + Spanish courses report feeling refreshed after their lessons.

A night’s sleep flows through several stages. The stage called paradoxical sleep or ‘Rapid Eye Movement’ sleep, accounts for 20-25% of a night’s sleep in adults and is considered by many as the most important part of sleep.   This type of sleep occurs about four times a night and is the time when we dream and in which Rapid Eye Movement (REM Sleep) occur.  Many psychologists believe that we review and process the information of the day during REM sleep.  Numerous studies suggest that sleep depredation is not as important as dream (or REM) depredation.  However to get two hours of REM sleep requires seven or eight hours of sleep.

Dr. Georgi Lozanov, the great Bulgraian educator who modernized many Super Learning tactics theorized that students should experience an increase in REM sleep after a Super Learning session, because they had vastly more information to process than usual.

Accordingly, a group of students were connected to E.E.G. machines to measure their brain wave patterns during REM sleep and its duration. It was found that the duration of Rapid or Paradoxical sleep increased by 50%.

A good night’s sleep is a valuable asset that you can gain along with the ability to speak Spanish when you learn with our Super Thinking techniques.


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Learn Spanish in Three Days

Why You Can Learn Spanish in Three Days

You can learn Spanish in a day, or a week, month or any time frame that works for you.

I’m Gary Scott.  Over fifty years ago I started a business that has helped hundreds of thousands of subscribers learn about investing in Hong Kong (1960s and 1970s), Switzerland, London, Isle of Man (1970s and 1980s) and across Europe. My wife Merri and I took thousands on investing tours to these countries.

In the 1990s we began taking investors to Panama, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador.  That’s when we realized an incredible need for an easy, super fast way to learn Spanish.  Our delegates were business people with hard schedules and tight deadlines.  They did not have months, or even weeks to learn a second language.

Plus, even though these delegates were successful international business people, most did not have degrees in grammar.  When it came to sentence structure, punctuation rules, parts of speech, morphology and especially derivation of verbs, they were at a loss. They wanted good basic ways to communicate in Spanish that worked and sounded eloquent, right now, without having to become educated in grammar.

Fortunately there is a scientific method of learning (called Super Learning) that was created and refined by a Soviet educational master, Georgi Lozanov.   Lozanov transformed the entire Soviet Union’s educational system to such a degree that this third world nation beat the USA into space.

My wife Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside the Soviet Union who were taught this system by Lozanov himself in the early 1970s.  She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for decades so we used it to create a Super Spanish course that has helped thousands of subscribers learn Spanish in three days and less.

This course is now available online.


Merri teaching a Super Spanish course in Florida.

Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days?  Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the old, traditional way, but the scientific Super Learning method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books creates educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun.   This course works because it is education without stress!

How The Course Works

The first tactic is to use Baroque music to create Relaxed Concentration in the learning process.  At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Soviet educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.

You gain six valuable ONLINE Baroque Relaxed Concentration Sessions in the online course that is delivered via the internet.

The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time.   Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.

Here is the proof.

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently. 

For example action is accion.


Manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read these four sentences? 

Ask yourself.  “How many words do you know that end in ION”.

You now know all these Spanish words that you will never forget.

How long would it have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

The third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.

In an incredibly short time you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.

Plus the system is Impro-Dynamic.  This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.

I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became.  My second language was automatically improving.  The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.

The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.  When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know.   This eliminates the need to memorize 99% of Spanish words.

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

Due to the difficulty of getting groups together to learn this valuable technique, we created an online program for subscribers to use the Super Spanish course at home.   The normal three day in person course fee is $499 ($749 for a couple).

The ONLINE course is available at the highly reduced price of $149, but in this special offer we are knocking another $70 from the price so you can start now for only $79.  

The ONLINE course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee.  Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund.

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Here are some testimonials from the course.

Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week, and I’m on to a new career.  What is my new career?  Still formulating, but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

“They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend this course.  Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you.  This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.

“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!” Nadine Taylor

The ONLINE Super Spanish course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee. Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund. 

The course is available at the highly reduced price of $149, but in this special offer we are knocking another $70 from the price so you can start now for only $79.  

Learn Spanish online $79 - using coupon code SPANISH70 at checkout to immediately save $70 off the regular price of $149.

Still not sure?

Take just ten minutes to let me prove to you that this super fast way to gain the basics can let you can communicate in Spanish in an incredibly short time.



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The ONLINE Super Spanish course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee. Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund. 

The course is available at the highly reduced price of $149, but in this special offer we are knocking another $70 from the price so you can start now for only $79.  

Learn Spanish online $79 - using coupon code SPANISH70 at checkout to immediately save $70 off the regular price of $149.


USA TODAY front page article “Lack of sleep increases stroke risk

New York Times To Fall Asleep, Get Off the Couch

Read  The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Brain and Behavior