Although most people think that writers don't work much, that we just sit with wine and words pour out of us, we know this is not the case.
In fact, in this modern age, not only do writers have to write, they have to take care of families and homes and their own book publicity.
What do we give up to get all this done? Sleep. And this often leads to sleep deprivation.
What are the effects of sleep deprivation?
(1) We can't handle stress - everything feels like work. Writing deadlines, that used to come and go with ease, will often cause panic. Finishing a blog post or keeping up with our blog roll can feel overwhelming.
(2) Our concentration and memory suffer - we can't focus. We can stare at a blank Word document and not know what we're going to write. We can't even remember when we left off the day before because without proper REM, our memories don't form well.
(3) Social media & book publicity suffers - without sleep, we're less friendly. Negative reviews cause us to leave nasty comments. We don't feel happy when others succeed.
(4) We get fat - when we're tired, we want to eat for energy. Because writers spend a great deal of time sitting, we have a greater risk of becoming over-weight or even obese.
(5) Creativity suffers - research suggests that sleep deprivation may have a particular effect on cognitive processes that rely on our experience of emotions. Writers rely on their creativity and so need sleep.
Need help with getting to or staying asleep? Try these tips for shutting off your brain before bedtime.
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