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7 Things You Need To Get Ready For World Cup

7 Things You Need To Get Ready For World Cup

The most intensive and exciting World Sporting Event is happening on June 12th with the 2014 FIFA World Cup happening in Brazil. It’s a spectacular fast-action experience you don’t want to miss out on seeing, so we’re offering some great tips of Things You Need To Do To Get Ready!

1. Set Up Your Devices

If your cable or satellite subscription service includes high-definition, then check that the output on the box is set to 720p to match what ESPN and ABC (ESPN’s parent company) will be using. Also, check to make sure that you are using an HDMI cable. This combination will deliver the sharpest detail for the high-def versions of the broadcasts, especially when you’re ‘helping’ the referees with those close calls.

Your boss isn’t going to let you work from home or you’re going to be away on business travel? Don’t worry that you might miss any of the great actions.We’ve got you covered for streaming through your top mobile and gaming devices.

WatchESPNwill get you connected on Android, iOS, Windows 8, Amazon Kindle Fire and Fire TV, Windows 8, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Google Chromecast. You will need an existing cable subscription, but maybe this is a good time to ask for that early birthday present!

If you’re looking for coverage in Spanish (and also English), Univision will keep you tuned in with the Univision Deportes App. It will be available for theAndroid,iOS, andXbox Live. Unfortunately, there is no support on this app for Windows 8, Amazon Kindle Fire, orGoogle Chromecast. Good news for diehard fans without a cable subscription is that they will be able to stream the first 56 matches of the tournament. If you want to get the last 8 matches (Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championship), you will need a Univision subscription.

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Road warriors will still be able to hear all the play-by-play action through SiriusXM Radio or with the SiriusXM Internet Radio App. It is availablefor the Android, iOS, Kindle Fire. Xbox and Google Chromecast fans will need to check out the other options as neither will be supported for this app.

For those that don’t have a subscription to SiriusXM Radio, you can still listen in with the ESPN Radio App. Multiple device support is the same as the SiriusXm Internet Radio App above.

2. Food Prep For Game Days

If you haven’t tasted traditional Brazilian fare, this is the best time to hone your culinary skills and get into the spirit of the game.

Check out the spread and get the recipes for such delectable items like Feijoada (black bean stew with beef and sausage) or Moqueca de Camarao (shrimp stew). Compliment these with Pao de Queijo (cheese balls) or Coxinhas (cheese balls with chicken), then finish off with some great sweets such as Brigadeiro (chocolate truffles) or go fancy with Mousse de Maracuja (mousse made with passion fruit juice).

Now you’ll need something to wash all that food down with so, check out the next item on the list.

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3. Brazilian Beverages

To really feel like you’re in Brazil and to help keep up your energy, go to the Spanish or Latin American section of your grocery store (unless you’re lucky enough to have a Brazilian market nearby) and pick up several bottles of Guarana. Derived from the seeds of a plant in the maple family (Sapindaceae) which grows, of course, in the Amazon, it contains about twice the concentration of caffeine as found in coffee beans, but has a delicious and refreshing flavor when served cold.

Also, look for Brazilian coffee to bring home and brew. It has a nutty, sweet taste which is low in acidity and is roasted darker (though not bitter) than beans for American coffee. If you find a brand that says ‘Extra Forte’ on the label, be prepared. That means “Extra Strong” in Portuguese.

Brazilian wines and beers are hard to find in the U.S. though a few areas are starting to carry them. If you have the chance to try them out, you won’t be disappointed.

4. Brush-Up On World Cup History

If this is your first World Cup or you’re a bit behind on the teams and all the previous tournaments, it’s time to pick up some books on World Cup history. Three recommendations that won’t be quick reads, but will give you impressive info and stats to hit your friends with on game nights:

The Complete History of the World Cupby Robert Fielder[available on Kindle]
One of the most detailed and comprehensive volumes on anything and everything you wanted to know about the World Cup.

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A History of the World Cup: 1930-2010by Clemente A. Lisi
Definitive reference for the diehard fan and those who ‘love the numbers, this paperback will give you a glossary of terms, stats for each competition, as well as profiles of the well-known players and photos.

The World Cup: The Complete Historyby Terry Croucha and James Corbett
Definitely a book for those who are data hounds, containing comprehensive stats for every tournament, venues, players, referees and scores.

5. World Cup Apparel

Surely you’re not planning to wear just any T-shirt or American football jersey when you park yourself in front of the TV, are you?!

You can look the part of an international futbol player or show your support for the American team by checking out all the World Cup Soccer apparel by going online toThe Official FIFA Online Storeand pick out your favorite team jersey or one that commemorates a past tournament. You can also findan official soccer ball to kick around your living room during commercial time (watch out for the vases and other breakables!)or to practice with afterwards and show off your knee bouncing technique like the pros!

6. House Cleaning

If you have your friends over for several games, you’re going to need some serious housecleaning afterwards to cleanup all the hidden crumbs in the carpet and stains on the couch and furniture. Ask around at work or in your neighborhood for recommendations of housecleaning services. Points to keep in mind when hiring:

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  1. Ask for an initial walk-through and estimate of services.
  2. Know ahead of time what they will or won’t take care of (including any moving of furniture).
  3. Understand their rates and the length of time for cleaning.
  4. Find out through your contacts or the BBB on their reliability and reputation.
  5. Understand the details of any contract or agreement you sign including when they will show.
  6. Ask what type of cleansers or chemicals they will use in case you have allergies.

Others may also be having their recreation or living rooms cleaned, so schedule this ahead of time to beat the crowds.

7. Final Party Setup

It’s finally here. All the weeks of edge-of-the-seat excitement has come down to the last match and you certainly don’t want to be behind the eight ball for this. This is where you can relax (depending whether your team got to the finals or not) and have fun.

Check out your local party store for some decorations, themed paper plates and napkins to show your friends that you’re in the spirit and on top of the game. Download from iTunes or your favorite music source some popular and familiar Brazilian tunes from artists such as Caetano Veloso, Joao Gilberto (‘Girl From Ipanema’ composer), Tom Jobim or Marisa Monte. You’ll find various background music styles including bossa nova, which is a must if you want to get authentic.

Congratulations! With these pointers, you’re ready to have a great time, great food, great beverage and possibly some new friends as you watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Soccer Championship! Set-Ready-Enjoy!

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The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

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