Obstacle to Creativity: Lack of Sleep

Posted On 3:11 PM by nerdluck |

I found myself tinkering with an unfinished layout for 3 hours. Whatever I do seems ineffective and unable to "pass as moderately satisfactory" even for my lowest quality standards. I feel that there was a switch in my head I accidentally switched off and now I don't know where it is. I pulled myself away from work and took a 15-minute nap before heading out to have lunch. When I got back, I finished the infernal page in half an hour. I found my switch! Sleep! [or was it food, nah] I have not been getting enough sleep lately and it's frustrating. I have been through a lot of all-nighters but I have never felt so much like a mindless zombie before. All those sleepless night are catching up to me and setting my brain on emergency shut down. Did you know that Paul McCartney discovered the tune for "Yesterday" in a dream? I didn't. Not until I googled "sleep-and-creativity". For someone who is already hard-wired into turning in late, a few good tips for a smooth trip to dreamland is close to priceless. I am doing better now thanks to these tips. Here are some of the things I've learned and tried so far:

Took a bath with lavender scented soft soap - relieves stress.
Given up coffee beyond 5pm
Play music -
Try using music with no words you can understand [another language perhaps]. Reggae does it for me since I really can't understand the accent. Chillout electronic music is best but watch out when you start having psychedelic dreams.

Try to develop a habit of having enough sleep. Be warned young designer. You may be squeezing yourself dry with all those all-nighters. Remember the lesson of the
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1 Response to 'Obstacle to Creativity: Lack of Sleep'
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    http://nerdluck.blogspot.com/2008/12/obstacle-to-creativity-lack-of-sleep.html?showComment=1335793775215#c8555634673116210921'> 9:49 PM

    Well duh! All professionals need to follow these tips like a Bible!


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