As I get older and more experienced, I've been coming to the realization that so much of the difference between a decent performance and a great one has to do with being in the right frame of mind and having energy, and that so much of that has to do with personal habits such as sleep cycles, diet, and exercise. I notice that most of my best performances come when I've had a nap that day, and I'm finding more and more that eating a good deal of protein for dinner and keeping the carbs down to a dull roar at the pre-gig meal seems to help a lot as well. That, and I like to drink a large strong coffee right before I go on stage. I don't mind the occasional low-energy gig when it's a casual and nobody's really listening, but for the real listening shows I like to "train" for them a little bit by eating right and trying to stay up late for a night or two before to get my sleep rhythms a little more in sync so I don't get "gig lag" and run out of gas. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else had noticed similar things and had any stories or tips to offer?