Writers Need Sleep

Sleep: The unspoken component of writing.

Rest is vital to brain function. But the amount of sleep a writer needs is often overlooked, unspoken of. I’m here to break the silence: The better rested I am, the more creative I become.

I objectively notice sleep deprivation hinders my work progress. When I experience Writer’s Block, lack of sleep is almost always involved. It lurks in the background, well camouflaged, blended in, I can’t distinguish. “I’m waiting for inspiration,” I would tell myself; read and read, to no avail. Only once I sleep a full 8 hours over several nights do the writing circuits in my brain spark, come alive.

Have you ever experienced Writer’s Block? If so, could sleep deprivation been the cause? I’m genuinely curious whether other writers can trace their source of Writer’s Block to sleeplessness.


Thanks for reading, πŸ™‚

-Thomas J Benedict


26 thoughts on “Writers Need Sleep

  1. It definitely seems very possible that it could be sleep related but I don’t think it’s always. I have a 7 month old daughter who usually wakes several times a night but somehow I’m still managing πŸ™‚

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      1. You’re welcome πŸ™‚ I think you get to a point where you kind of just get used to being tired all the time πŸ˜› and free time is limited so you try make the most of what you get. All my writing is done during my daughter’s half hour naps and one day a week she goes to care for 4 hours

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      2. Oh damn, so you really have to make use of what little time you have or risk getting nothing done. This is mildly reminiscent of university: Getting used to being tired all the time and doing work when little slots of time opens up.

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      3. Yeah I remember those days but I wasn’t trying to write a book back then. I was pretty much full time work and full time uni though, not sure I could ever do that again πŸ˜› at the moment I’m just a full time Mum but I don’t have any deadlines so that makes it easier πŸ˜‰

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  2. I’ve never had a problem with too little sleep, it’s the opposite for me, I sleep way too much. In fact, I just woke up from a nap and I’m still in bed lol! I find running helps me when I’m having trouble writing. It just frees my mind and let’s the creativity unravel. πŸ™‚

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    1. LOL! I have a combination of insomnia on some days, and sleeping too much on others. So I fully understand where you’re coming from. Minimal exercise certainly could be a huge factor. I should seriously run (but that would require me to get up off my ass and walk to the treadmill. I too am still in bed, its 3:07PM). Thank you for feeding my curiosity!

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  3. I cant concentrate properly when I haven’t slept enough, but I have my creative peak middle of the night and stay up way past 2am, I might be tired but I get the last adrenaline rush and it is hard to fall asleep. The next day I am dead and wont have any brain activity until middle of the day, then cycle repeats. πŸ˜›

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    1. YES!!!!! I GET THAT TOO!!! I think you explained the other angle of my struggle. Being a night owl is both a curse and a blessing. Curse because we are coerced into following societal rules. If I was the king, it would be mandatory to start work at 12PM hahah!


  4. Yes, writers need sleep! For me, at least. I’m neither a morning person nor a night all; I tend to sleep a bit too much and wake up at mid-morning, and I find I’m most productive a little after brunch. No kids yet, so I’m enjoying this routine while I can. πŸ˜›

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      1. Happy Halloween to you too! Haha, at least you know what day it was. πŸ˜›

        Hm, we know what Halloween is, but it’s not a big celebration here and kids don’t go from house to house doing trick-or-treat. There are people who hold Halloween costume parties, though sadly I’ve only been to one; it would have been fun to dress up as something every year. πŸ˜€

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  5. Great topic, Thomas, and a well-written post!

    I rarely get enough sleep, and I’m sure that doesn’t help my writing. It’s a tough trade-off — get enough sleep and be more creative or get too little sleep and at least have a couple more hours to write, albeit not at peak efficiency. I do find that taking a good walk helps spark ideas, even if I’m sleep-deprived.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Dave!

      You’re right, exercise or a simple walk can do wonders for sparking ideas. Sleep is a luxury that’s hard to come by all the time. Sometimes when you’re on a roll, sleep could disturb that and you wake up in a different mind state than what is optimum for writing.

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