I was considered odd in high school and college because I was always in bed by 9:30 (yup, you read that right – 9:30). Of course there were some occasions where I stayed up a bit later – maybe 11:00ish if I was enjoying myself at a friend’s party or if I had a hard time putting down a really good book. Sleep was and is something that has always been important to my lifestyle. If I don’t get enough sleep I’m crabby and sluggish. Same can be said if I get too much sleep. I discovered early on that the key to being focused and consistent in creative endeavors was to get enough sleep.
Our creative minds need rest – good rest Researchers recommend getting between 7-9 hours of sleep a night is healthy. A rested mind is crucial for a creative individual – tired minds and bodies will struggle when it comes to producing creative content. Below are a few suggestions for helping improve sleeping habits:
1 – Turn off technology in advance
Remove yourself from all technology at least 30 minutes before you turn in for the night. If you feel you need to have something nearby where you can log creative ideas that might pop into your head at night, keep a notebook near your bed instead of a tablet, smart phone of laptop.
2 – Lavender scent
Lavender is said to help improve sleep. Find lavender scented plugins, sachets or candles to have in your room.
3 – Clean up
Keep your room tidy! Clean the floor, dust the baseboards, and wipe things down regularly. Make your bed daily, wash your sheets weekly, and keep dirty laundry in a basket instead of strewn all over the floor.
4 – Reserve your bedroom for sleep
If possible, avoid using your bedroom for things other than sleeping, resting or winding down. Try not to have a television or computer in your room. Keep any distractions in other rooms. Paint your walls a calming color. Avoid big, bold patterns in wall art and make sure your blankets and sheets aren’t too busy with too many colors and patterns.
If you live in a studio apartment, do what you can to make the portion with your bed different from the rest. You could use a chic divider or maybe just make sure that you keep anything distracting as far from the bed as possible.
5 – Unwind with yoga or by meditating
Try out this relaxing yoga routine or take a 10-15 minutes to meditate to some calming music. Give yourself as much time as you need to truly feel relaxed and prepped for sleep.
6 – Write down sleeping goals
If you feel that your sleeping habits aren’t the best, take some time today to write down how you wish to improve them. Create a plan. If you feel something isn’t working for you, stop and try something different. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all sleeping plan, so take the time you need to discover what works best for you.
What helps you sleep well? Feel free to share what works best for you in the comments section.