Get a Great Night’s Sleep


If you want to get a good night’s sleep I highly recommend purchasing a pair of inexpensive construction headphones. I talk about this in this video. Many people have followed my advice on this and are now happier lifetime users! Generally, like most things, when you bring up how you can help someone’s life be better they generally push back with various reasons why your suggestion won’t work. Here are some common pushbacks to this idea:


  • Q: Won’t I have to sleep on my side? I like to sleep on my back.
  • A: Once you’re sleeping you’ll hardly notice the headphones and you’ll sleep soundly. Sometimes this takes a night to get used to and it might not work every night depending on your headphones and sleeping situation. For instance, you might also consider getting a new split king adjustable bed or something similar.
  • Q: Won’t the headphones push pretty hard on my head?
  • A: You can pull them apart if that happens and again – if you’re sleeping you’ll hardly notice the pressure on your head. You’ll be sound asleep
  • Q: Question and push back after push back
  • A: You’ll be sleeping and whatever it is won’t bother you – you’ll be dreaming and enjoying some really deep sleep!
Add on an eye pillow of some kind (I like the ones filled with lavender) and possibly a winter hat if you’re going to be outside at a music festival and the evening is chilly – and you’ll sleep so soundly that you’ll wake up rested and ready for the day.
Using headphones has changed my life. I started using them in 2000 at my first Burning Man and have kept up the practice for years. There’s really nothing like it. I keep a pair by my bed and always make sure to take them with me when I go traveling. The few people who have followed my advice and tried this out are also much happier sleepers.  
Then, there are the many other things you can do to get a good night’s sleep. Here are some that you can add in – but I would argue that the headphones and darkness really are all you need.

  • Darkness: if you can find black-out curtains or something that will make the room you’re in dark – that’s fantastic and will help.
  • Try not to drink caffeine after noon. This is true for chocolate or any other stimulants.  Also, cannabis can keep one awake so I’d recommend limiting that in the evenings, as well.
  • Turn off all electronic devices as far from sleepytime as you can. At least give yourself an hour of time between screen and pillow.
  • Exercise daily. That will also help tire you so you’ll get a great night’s sleep.  All of these above suggestions are going to help you. If you have further ideas and would like to help me build out my list – please add them in the comments section below. Thank you and have a great night’s sleep!
Yours in dreamland, Albert Kaufman
Author after a great night’s sleep in Prineville, Oregon (a sleepy little town if ever there was one!)


Tools I Recommend

Everyone benefits from a great set of tools. Here are the ones I like the most. Some of these are affiliate links – ie, if you end up buying from them, I will receive some compensation. Thanks for checking them out.

Website Hosting: BlueHost

  • or, the one I’m using now is HostPapa

Email Marketing: My various email newsletters wouldn’t look so good and my whole setup wouldn’t be so fantastic without Constant Contact and their incredible support system. Get a free 2-month trial, here. I’ve been able to build lists for my various projects over the years – The Eleven: my monthly email to friends and family – Albertideation newsletterall about email marketing and social media. Then, there’s Song a Day where I share my love of music. Finally, Farm My Yard is a project I’ve had going on for a few years to connect urban farmers with nearby homeowners who have yards to farm.  Sign up for one or more lists and see what you think. I’ve added my other email service provider links here.

If you want to take your email marketing to the next level you might give SharpSpring a try. 

I’ve been using Republic Wireless for my cell phone for years. I pay $20/mo. for unlimited everything.

Car Insurance. Metromile. I know it might seem strange to see this here – but I signed up for Metromile a while back and that has lowered my car insurance considerably. You pay a base rate and then for every mile. Thus, if you’re not driving a lot (which is the case for many people right now) your rates plummet. 

Scheduling: I’ve used vCita in the past as a scheduler. If you need help setting this up, let me know. There’s more to this platform than meets the eye and it’s a great way to offer various packages.

Webinars: For webinars I use Gotowebinar.  I’ve also heard good things about Zoom and I’ve used a couple of other platforms, but so far, GotoWebinar has them all beat.

WordPress plug-in for Social Sharing: Sumome

WordPress plugin for pop-up boxes to collect email addresses: Privy. This brings you the pop-up sign-up form for my sites.  It’s probably led to more email list sign-ups than all of my social media efforts combined.

I use Wisestamp to create a professional-looking signature on my outgoing emails. It makes things look like this

Wisestamp in Action - tools

I use Canva for editing images and creating memes, for instance. I’ll add more to this post as I recall what’s missing.  I hope this is useful to you – I really couldn’t do what I do without the aid of these (mostly free) tools.

I also love Fiverr to get images/designs created quickly. Here’s a code for $10 off your first order.

For business travel – AirBnB

If you have any questions about a tool that’s not on the list, feel free to run it by me – I may have tried it in the past.  If you’d like to work together, check out my new guide to getting started.

Save your ears and be styling at the same time – Hearrings!

Here are my 11 Life Tips – tools for living a happier/healthier life. Like how to get a great night’s sleep.

6.26.18 Tools I learned about at this year’s Digital Summit in Portland, Oregon

Single column emails only from now on

Postmaster tools in Gmail

Microsoft also has a version of this. – blacklist lookup

Fixed width emails – 375 pixels – look into this

Note to Chambers – I can offer your chamber training – virtually $ or in person $$ – a way to learn what well-designed emails look like + they have a really awesome sign-up process.

Tools for ubiquity – Litmus,, email on acid

Subject Line Matters a Lot! – the simpler the better – superlatives matter a lot

Always include Easter Eggs in an email.

Always say hello.

Keynote speaker mentioned: Countable page – Chelsea Handler mentioned it.  Emily’s List.

Viewing in a Browser is not a thing.  Social Links at the top -= not a thing, either.

MOZ – – to do category research if you’re using MOZ.  Hard to find this page on their site…

Tumblr seems to be a thing.  I didn’t realize that.

Google Lighthouse:

– for a tech review of your website

– key to have a robot.txt file on your site for this to work and for better searchability

Google Search Console – worth signing up with

Screaming Frog – a way to check your website

Siteliner – checks for duplicate content

URL Profiler – link checker –

GTMetrix – check page speed – – full test of the website.

Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions.