A lot of writers, myself included are terrible sleepers. We don't get our quota of slumber. Some set their alarms and get up early to put down words, whilst others are still up at midnight scribbling away for hours. Lack of sleep isn't a new phenomena, but it seems to have become a plague.
Why Do We Need Sleep?
Sleep helps you feel your best, and if you get the recommended seven or eight hours, it allows you to wake up feeling refreshed and able to meet the demands of your day. You'll be better able to concentrate on that story idea, that scene you're writing, or that deadline.
Insufficient sleep has an affect on health over time, our immune and cardiovascular systems will feel the impact, and type 2 Diabetes has also been linked to not getting enough sleep. It's vital we get enough rest so we're able to perform well in our busy lives. Or perhaps that is the issue? Are we simply doing too much? Perhaps we need to give more priority to sleeping. I'm re-educating myself on the matter, and have put all my findings here.
- Set a schedule for going to bed and getting up - This regulates you body clock.
- Slow right down - The last hour before you go to bed should be your power down hour. Warm bath, listening to music, meditation etc
- Temperature matters - Don't have your bedroom too hot - Open a window.
- Stay warm - Hang on, that's a little contradictory, but the thing is you won't sleep if you're cold. So wear warm nightwear and socks too!
- Read before retiring - It's been proved that reading relaxes the mind, and helps you to drop off to sleep quicker.
- Exercise - Experts say the best time is between 4pm-7pm to aid sleep.
- Ban all screens an hour before bed - That's the TV, your mobile, your Ipad, and your laptop. I really struggle with this one.
- Caffeine - As we age we don't break caffeine down as well, it's much slower to metabolise, so it's more likely to stop us from sleeping.
- Eat well during the day - Don't skip breakfast which regulates us, and eggs, chicken and fish give us essential amino acid.
- Spend a few minutes each night thinking about all the things you are grateful for, that happened in your day.
Do you sleep well? Do you have any tips to share, if so, please share them in the comments.