What kind of sleep habits, successful, artistic and creative people have? Does it really matter if you’re an early riser?
Sleep when you’re sleepy
Being a night owl and forcing yourself to become an early riser will play havoc with your nerves. Do try to sleep early and wake up early, but don’t force yourself to fit another person’s sleep patterns. Immanuel Kant used to wake up at 5 in the morning to meditate and write, while Franz Kafka work anywhere between 10p.m. and 2 a.m. It’s about fighting your own patterns
Why bulk on caffeine when a power nap can boost your afternoon productivity? Taking a 10 to 20 minute nap will re-energize you enough to survive those last 3 hours at work!
The good thing about power naps is that it doesn’t matter if you’re a lark or a night owl; it suits everyone!
Sleep at least 6 hours
Anything less will cause exhaustion and rob you off your creativity and rigor. Unless you want to prevent a burn-out, ensure you sleep well, consistently for 6 hours each day.
Studies show that you can combat sleep deprivation with a 14-minute snooze −you’ll be as good as new!
Set a Regular Bedtime – and stick to it
Try going to bed around the same time every day. Listen to your body, it will tell you when it’s time to unplug from the world and just hit the sack.
Having a regular bedtime ritual will make it easier for your body to fall asleep faster and wake up refreshed and rested. Play soft music, dim the lights. Do everything that can prepare your body for sleep.
Having short meals for dinner and lunch helps you prevent that sluggishness you feel after a hearty meal.
However, this drowsiness is sometimes inevitable. Instead of giving up and going for the couch, engage in mild physical activity; walk your dog around a block or two, prepare next day’s work snack, do some cleaning. Succumbing to that 7 p.m., drowsiness will mess up your night sleep.
What’s the best sleep advice you’ve tried and worked?