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Life Hack: Do More by Sleeping More by@whatsai

Life Hack: Do More by Sleeping More

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Louis Bouchard

I explain Artificial Intelligence terms and news to non-experts.

In a recent interview, I got asked what would be the one book everyone should read as soon as possible in their lives. Being an artificial intelligence researcher and entrepreneur, the answer seemed obvious: Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, Ph.D.

Before you ask, yes, this is the most relevant book for my work and yours too. It will change your conception of sleep forever as it did for me and improve your life in ways you couldn’t even imagine. Read it or listen to the fantastic audiobook version, as you wish, but go through it as soon as you can. You will not regret the time you invest going through this bestseller. The sooner you read this gem the longer and better your life will be.

This video will detail key points that marked me regarding the benefits of sleeping more (7–8 hours) and how you can improve your sleep...

Hey you, yes you! Before you go do your friends and family a favor and send them this video! Or buy them Matthew's book for Christmas! It will change their lives for the better!

References

►Read the full article with references on my blog: https://www.louisbouchard.ai/sleep-the-secret-for-productivity-and-a-better-life/
►My Newsletter (Learn about a new AI application explained weekly to your emails!): https://www.louisbouchard.ai/newsletter/

Video Transcript

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well it may not sound obvious to many

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there's in fact one thing you can do

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that will allow you to have more time to

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do what you love while you are on earth

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not only that but it will improve your

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quality of life by making you happier

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more productive wealthier and healthier

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it will even help you fight most

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diseases that exist oh and there's no

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downsides and it's completely free with

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that said how can you not implement it

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in your life

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in a recent interview i got asked what

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will be the one book everyone should

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read as soon as possible in their lives

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being an artificial intelligence

00:34

researcher and entrepreneur the answer

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seemed obvious it's why we sleep by

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matthew walker and before you ask yes

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this is the most relevant book for my

00:44

work and yours too it will change your

00:46

conception of sleep forever as it did

00:48

for me and improve your life in ways you

00:50

couldn't even imagine read it or listen

00:53

to the fantastic audiobook version as

00:55

you wish but go through it as soon as

00:57

you can you will not regret the time you

01:00

invest going through this bestseller the

01:02

sooner you read this gem the longer and

01:04

better your life will be this video will

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detail the key points that marked me

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regarding the benefits of sleeping more

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and how you can improve your sleep but

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first let's start with a quote from

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matthew walker himself

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from the point of view of survival and

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evolution sleep only makes sense if it

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is essential to life

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why else will we voluntarily shut down

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for eight hours defenseless and risk not

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waking up every day if it wasn't

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something necessary to me this simple

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fact is convincing enough to understand

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its importance and necessity and

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therefore the danger of lacking sleep we

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hear too many entrepreneurs investors

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and even some athletes vent the merits

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of sleeping 4 hours a day and it has to

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change thanks to matthew walker and

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other specialists popularizing the

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subject and discovering the real power

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of sleep i believe it will happen being

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a fervent advocate of sharing and

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explaining science my goal here is to

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spread the beauty of sleep within my

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community since both researchers and

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entrepreneurs tend to cut sleep to check

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more boxes in their to-do lists while it

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will have the opposite long-term effect

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if that quote wasn't enough here are my

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6 favorite benefits of getting more

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sleep among many others

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sleep helps with a lot of diseases but

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lack of sleep also worsens a lot of them

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your immune system needs sleep to fight

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off diseases and infections a study by

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mikey akinage ital shared that sleeping

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6 hours or less had up to 1.7 times the

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total age-adjusted death rate of men

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sleeping 7 or 8 hours a day similarly

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the american cancer society has seen

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that this rate went up to 2.80 times

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with less than 4 hours indeed the

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relationship between our immune system

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and sleep duration has been reported to

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be u-shaped and aiming at seven to eight

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hours of sleep seems to be the sweet

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spot for most people rem sleep bolsters

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learning and memory deep or rapid eye

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movement rem sleep changes your brain's

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neural structure by creating new

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connections for learning what's

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essential and deleting useless

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connections that will act as noise or

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unnecessary information a good night of

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sleep is often much better than studying

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the night before an exam not only to be

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fresh and ready for the exam but even

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for learning non-rem sleep aids physical

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recovery non-rem sleep is when you wind

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down and your body recovers it both

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heals physically and allows you to

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recover from illnesses non-rent sleep is

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what makes you feel rested and has a

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function for memory consolidation which

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is another reason why sleeping is better

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than studying a few more hours before

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the deadline lack of sleep makes driving

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deadly drowsy driving can be more

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dangerous than alcohol even if you are

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unaware of it having less than five

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hours of sleep can cause you to have

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micro sleeps they happen when you are

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sleepy mostly at night but also during

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the day if you didn't get enough of

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sleep micro sleeps are momentary gaps in

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our nest where your brain literally

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shuts down for a short time and can be

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deadly when driving sleep helps us

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regulate our appetite and make healthier

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food choices enough sleep is a powerful

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diet for weight loss in itself also when

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you sleep in you can't be eaten sleep is

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highly correlated with your willpower

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studies have linked sleep with emotional

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regulation and our decisions lacking

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sleep will make you feel more frustrated

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and impulsive which will hurt your

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patients for learning something new or

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tackling difficult tasks poor sleep

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quality will also damage your

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decision-making process similarly to

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food you will be more likely to make

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good short-term decisions for example

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for taste than good long-term decisions

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like the healthy choice but this happens

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for all decisions you will take during

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the day whether it is to watch tv over

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learning to play the piano or making a

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risk investment over a safer long term

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play when your current situation doesn't

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allow you to take such risks now that

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you know these benefits of a good night

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of sleep you may want to implement it

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right away and have difficulty doing so

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here are my preferred tips from the book

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to help you change your sleeping habits

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for the better find a routine humans are

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creatures of habits and it will help you

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fall asleep if you stick to the same

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schedule every day cut the late night

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sport late night cardio can make it hard

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to wind down and fall asleep save this

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for the morning or when you feel your

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best to workout

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reduce caffeine and nicotine consumption

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caffeine has a half-life of about five

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hours this means you will still have

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half the caffeine in your system five

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hours after your coffee have this five

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hours later and etc try not to take

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coffee or opt for a decaf after 1 pm or

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so eat light at night eating heavy meals

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can be hard for digestion and wreck your

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sleep same for drinks you are not

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sleeping if you need to empty your

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bladder every hour

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leave time to unwind close your screens

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a few hours before sleep and take the

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time to read instead or use blue light

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blocking glasses or other apps to reduce

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the blue lights of your devices avoid

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lying in your bed for too long your bed

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and room should be reserved for sleep so

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your brain can associate it with

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sleeping and no other activities

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follow your circadian rhythm if your job

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allows it start working earlier or later

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in the day depending on when your body

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naturally falls asleep we are not all

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made for eight to five jobs some people

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naturally fall asleep much later and

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cannot have eight hours of good sleep if

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they have to wake up at 6am melatonin

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and sleeping pills can help you fall

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asleep but using them may not be the

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best solution for your case there are

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many reasons why you could have some

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trouble sleeping and they cannot all be

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fixed with melatonin or drugs talk to a

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sleep specialist

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i hope this video could help you

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understand why sleep is beautiful

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convince you to learn more about it and

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not underestimate its necessity learn

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more about sleep in matthew walker's

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fantastic book or new podcast the matt

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walker podcast by the way you cannot

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catch up sleep you should aim for 7 to 8

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hours a day 5 hours on weekdays and 10

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hours on the weekends won't work sleep

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hours cannot be banked but it's not too

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late to switch for the best and start

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living your best life with an asleep

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please take a second to share this video

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with a friend or family or simply spread

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the word and give them matthew's book

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for christmas

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