Would you describe yourself as the life of the party? If so, is that because you control the music, or is it because you can out drink and out party everyone else?

However you define “a good time,” there comes a reckoning. Either you decide you can’t deal with waking up to the throbbing pain of another hangover, or you decide that your high sugar-fat-salt combo diet maybe isn’t the best. Whatever the reason, you’ve come to a crossroads.

Starting now, you’re going to take care of yourself. But, where do you start? Here are 5 tips that won’t cramp your lifestyle too much and will give you the results you’re looking for fast.

Quality Sleep

Turn off ALL the lights, even the glow emanating from your cell phone. Block out all sounds. If that means wearing an eye mask and ear plugs to bed, do it. A deep, dark, and quiet room will allow your body to sink into a more relaxing sleep more quickly and for longer. So, even if you end sleeping for less than the ideal 6 to 8 hours a night, you’ll sleep better and wake up more refreshed.

Minimize Booze

Don’t drink alcohol like water. Alcohol has the effect of dehydrating our bodies. When you’re up working all night, you need to keep your body hydrated for maximum energy. Go ahead have a drink, but minimize how much alcohol you drink. Limit yourself to maybe one drink a night. Also, take a tip from the Italians. Eat something healthy while you’re drinking. Food helps metabolize alcohol and keep you in balance.

Protect Your Ears

There’s no point putting in the time, money, and effort into becoming the best DJ you can possibly be if you lose your hearing. Ear plugs come in all shapes and sizes, and you can even have them custom designed. Your hearing is your livelihood. Protect it at all costs.


DJing is the coolest job there is, right? You’re the ultimate DJ – relaxed, calm … except that you’re not. Even the most practiced DJs get nervous, worry about how their sets will go, deal with people problems. Take a few moments, preferably before beginning work, to take a few deep breaths and go to your happy place. Five minutes of that will calm your heart beat which will make you more focused.

Eat Well

You don’t have to be a Michelin-rated star chef to cook good, healthy food. While you’re working (and yes, before and after, too) eat fresh, whole foods. Try to make your own food, if at all possible. Most take-out fare is loaded with way too much of the wrong ingredients. It’s great sometimes. But, you don’t want to be putting that stuff into your body every day. It will drag down your energy and your creativity.

What do you do to stay on top?