One of the biggest fights my roommate and I have is because of sleep. 💤
Fortunately for me, she sleeps like a log, and any sound I make while she's asleep won't wake her up. But unfortunately for her, I am a light sleeper, and every sound she makes while I'm asleep sounds like an explosion to my ears. We've tried a number of things to try to solve the problem (she even slept in a friend's room once after a night out so as not to wake me up), but I eventually accepted that I'll always end up waking up no matter how quiet she tries to be while I'm asleep.
Sleep is one of the most important ways we can take care of ourselves. Not only does it give our bodies adequate time to rest and our brains time to recharge, but it also affects our moods, our attention span and most importantly, our creativity.
Whenever I don't get enough sleep, I become irritable, and usually end up having a rough day that involves snapping at people and being oversensitive about even the smallest things. It took me a while to relate this irrational behaviour to my lack of sleep.
In fact, I was only able to connect the dots after almost a whole week of sleepless nights, which eventually ended with one night of good sleep. I woke up the following morning feeling refreshed and like I could take on anything life threw at me.😃 I was effortlessly kind to everyone I came across that day, and didn't hesitate to pay as many people as I could a compliment - even strangers.😄What's more, although I had been struggling a lot that week in terms of creativity, I did more creative work that day than I'd done all week!
There's a rumour that's been going round for quite a while now that creative people can't form a "normal" sleeping pattern, because our best ideas come to us in the middle of the night. But that's not entirely true. Sure enough, my best ideas sometimes come to me in the middle of the night when I can't sleep; but that has more to do with the silence at that time of the night - which allows me to hear my own thoughts more clearly - than it does with anything else. Most of the time I sleep throughout the night and wake up in the morning, and the ideas I have then are equally as good! 😊
All in all, I am much more productive after a good night's rest than I am when I feel sleep-deprived - as is probably the case for everyone. When I have a good night's rest, I am so full of life and energy the following day that my brain starts to form ideas that it wouldn't usually form when I haven't had enough rest. I am constantly surprised at how easy it is for me to be creative, and to do what needs to be done after I've slept well. All I usually have to do in such moments is get a pen and a paper, and write down all the creative ideas forming in my mind.🙌📝
There are a number of things in life which we have come to take for granted - and sleep is one of them. But if we think of it in terms of a good night's rest being the difference between us being average and us being our best selves - or more precisely, the difference between us being alive and us really living - then maybe we'd look at it differently.
So how about you consider calling it a night early today? 😉😊
I find it easier and more effective to write down how I feel rather than to say it.
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