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5 Tips for Sleep-Deprived Writers

You want to improve your writing skills. But you wake up every day exhausted, barely human, unless you have a cup of coffee.

Even after your cup of coffee, you’re a bit uplifted temporarily, but you’re still exhausted. Sound right?

Sleep is important and learning how to manage writing, living, and sleeping can be overwhelming at times. That’s why these five tips are so important.

Get Sleep to be a Better Writer

We know it’s difficult, but in order for your brain to work properly, you need to get enough sleep (and to stay healthy, too).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep.

How much sleep do you get?

Full disclosure… To reach a deadline, I’ve pulled lots of all-nighters or scraped by on three or four hours of sleep.

However, getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, or taking a nap to make up the difference, will help you write better.

So, what can you do to make it simpler to fall off to sleep?

Tip #1: Create a Bedtime Routine

Most writers use the end of the day to have some free time to themselves. To unwind. You know, we have to get our ‘writer’s brain’ to turn off before we feel like we can get some sleep.

You’re aware…

When you should be sleeping, you binge-watch shows, hang out with friends, and organize your home office.

However, if you want to improve as a writer, you need be comfortable with the routine of pitching editors, sending out letters of intent, submitting invoices, and keeping in touch with clients and prospects.

This same set of goal-making can assist you in creating a bedtime routine.

Professionals recommend:

  • Even on weekends, go to bed at the same time every night.
  • Every morning, get up at the same time.
  • Maintain a cool, dark, and quiet environment in your bedroom.
  • About an hour before bedtime, begin winding down your day by doing something relaxing, such as taking a hot bath or reading. This doesn’t mean scroll your social media or work from your phone.

What does your bedtime ritual entail?

Tip #2: Don’t Consume Caffeine or Alcohol Before Bed

To end the day, some authors swear by a glass of wine. From dawn until night, other freelancers frequent the coffee pot for a refill.

Caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee, energy drinks, and soda may provide an energy boost. However, if you consume them too late in the day, you will have difficulty falling asleep later.

Although alcohol may aid sleep, those who consume it frequently awaken in the middle of the night and have difficulty returning to sleep.

How much caffeine or alcohol do you consume before bedtime?

Tip #3: No Electronics At Least 1 Hour Before Bedtime

What’s going on here? No time for movies, TV, or social media before bedtime? If you’re a freelancer who is always on, you’ll need to set some boundaries for yourself.

Why? Researchers from Columbia University found that gazing at a screen keeps your brain engaged while you’re trying to sleep.

Even if you turn off your smartphone, tablet, computer, or other device before bedtime, blue light from electronics like a smartphone, tablet, computer, or other device impairs sleep.

How much time do you spend on a device before you fall asleep?

Tip #4: Don’t Forget to Exercise

You don’t have to walk far to get to work if you work from home.

According to a Stanford University survey, an estimated 42 percent of adults are working remotely since COVID-19 limits began last year.

Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day if you want to get a good night’s sleep and become a better writer.

Researchers at Northwestern University discovered that everyday exercise improved people’s sleep quality and alertness.

How much exercise do you get every day?

Tip #5: Manage Stress in Healthy Ways

Have you ever tried to fall asleep only to wake up thinking about a freelancing project, your marketing efforts, or grabbing hold of more clients? 

Workplace stress, family issues, financial concerns, or one of those life-changing tragic events can keep you up at night.

Methods to manage stress include:

  • Meditation
  • Journaling
  • Deep breathing
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Exercise (especially Yoga)
  • Counseling/Therapy

How do you manage stress?

The Benefits of Good Sleep

There are many benefits of a good night’s sleep, especially if you have continuous nights of the right amount.

Your brain gets a break from making thousands of decisions every day when you sleep. Everything from what to eat and dress to what words to use in a blog post or how much to charge a new client. If you get enough sleep, your brain will be better able to make decisions that will help you become a better writer.

It’s difficult to be creative while you’re dealing with the frustrations of freelancing (fatigue, exhaustion, brain drain, and writer’s block). It’s as though you’re always in a constant state of intense thought. Sleep helps to drive these impulses to the background, allowing new ideas, connections, and creativity to emerge.

Want to be a better writer? Catch up on your sleep!

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