How to Sleep Longer and Write Better Content
Sleep is a misjudged superpower.
America is running low on sleep. Sleep deprivation is a disease of the globalized world. You are constantly bombarded with information and opportunities to be more, to do more, and to create more.
Looking at American politics, you may find that Congress resembles an Anonymus meeting gone wrong. You can hardly fit the whole government under one umbrella, but you can say that these people hardly get enough sound sleep.
Many think that sacrificing sleep helps build their career. When I lived in Hollywood, I would barely sleep five hours a day. Working around the clock, and sporting bags under bloodshot eyes was a badge of honor of the millennial workforce.
The money was exceptional, and being in my early 20s, I felt like sacrificing sleep for the American dollars was a good trade-off. You’re getting paid for your time, and by clocking more hours on different jobs you are making considerably more money.
The same earnings formula doesn’t translate to other jobs, especially if you’re not earning an hourly wage. Creative jobs are often not paid by the hour. Artists and creators have to finish the show and stun the audience before receiving the check.
Running a personal business is also not paid by the hour.
You not only have to finish the job, but you also have to do it exceptionally well so it attracts more eyes and affects the culture. Otherwise, you’re not making a living with your craft.
Writers, bloggers, and intrapreneurs have to maintain the edge and punch accomplishments in the face. You can’t let yourself become average. Nobody pays for average.
Sleep deprivation is a one-way ticket to failing everything and everyone. I’m not berating you with the health benefits and the upsides to maintaining healthy sleep hygiene. You have already heard about it from your doctors, teachers, and parents.
Here is my personal experience of running international projects and maintaining healthy sleep hygiene. Ever since I started sleeping better, my effectiveness rose tenfold and now I can juggle work, passion, and family, without being busy all the time.
Producing content is faster and easier and the quality is better.
- Overall output triples after a good night sleep
- Easier to write 2 to 3 Medium stories in a row
- Research, reading, and learning is super interesting
- Better engagement and feedback from readers and editors
- Better quality ideas and topics
Lack of sleep will make you work harder and longer for fewer results. Good sleep brings better efficiency.
- Considerably less empty walk
- Focusing on one task comes naturally
- Envisioning the whole day and acting upon it
- Creating more free time to spend with family and friends
- Create opportunities to travel and sightsee new and exciting places around the globe
Sleep-deprived people are often borderline crazy. Sound rest goes a long way in dealing with other people.
- Ability to actively listen to others without being bothered by personal stories and woes
- Pique curiosity for exploring new experiences
- Overall happiness and satisfaction boost
- Better physical appearances and higher confidence in social events
- Fewer relationship issues created by the inability to communicate
National Sleep Foundation recommends the regular 7 to 9 hours of sleep to function normally. Many think that less sleep equals more conscious time.
“Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain. Many people walk through their lives in an underslept state, not realizing it.” — Matthew Walker
Unfortunately, sleep-deprived people shorten their life and live in the shadow of their true potential. Sleep is your only superpower, according to Matthew Walker, a sleep doctor.
Getting enough sleep is easier said than done. Deadlines can sometimes push you to work overtime. And when you go to sleep, you’re still failing to fully and deeply rest.
I’m struggling with sleep maintenance insomnia, and my sleep is even if I spend eight or nine hours in bed.
You can blame light-emitting gadgets, light pollution, and jacked-up excitement in daily life for decreasing the quality of sleep. Your body is constantly producing stress hormones to fight daily tasks.
Your melatonin production (the hormone that signals body it’s time to sleep) is disrupted because of blue-light constantly radiates from your phone and computer.
America is not only enjoying less sleep, it’s also getting the worst possible quality of it. Imagine buying the cheapest car, and then finding out it that someone saved money on the breaks and safety features.
That’s how your body operates when it’s constantly jacked up on caffeine, cortisol, and adrenaline to fight sleep deprivation.
Unfortunately, you can hardly maximize your sleep quality in today’s age. Your place is constantly lit by the wonders of modern technology.
Computers and smartphones are the working tools needed for basic tasks. The TV might play in the background. And your lights are on longer than off.
I assume you’re not planning an escape to a secluded cave, only to meditate 17 hours each day and follow sleep patterns with a $300 Oura ring, like Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter does in his free time.
You can reach manageable levels of restful sleep through other methods.
- Sleep schedule, and going to sleep around the same time
- Wind down with a fiction book
- Escaping technology and screens whenever possible
- Physical exercise and an active lifestyle
- Getting enough sunshine and vitamin D3
Secret Sauce: spray melatonin. The substance is the only over-the-counter hormone that you can buy. Melatonin has no severe side effects. Nobody has reported signs of dependency, and you can get off melatonin at any time.
Unfortunately, the pills are not as effective as the spray. Your digestive track destroys a lot of the hormone and you are forced to take bigger doses with less effect.
The spray melatonin has changed my life, by affecting the quality of my sleep. You can spray it under your tongue. The sublingual vessels can absorb the substance straight into the bloodstream.
You are getting better effects using less of the substance. The on-set is instant and powerful. With melatonin pills, you have to wait for 30 to 40 minutes before it’s digested and used by your body. The spray makes you sleepy in less than 10 minutes.
The rapid onset can help you get back to sleep if you wake up in the middle of the night, unlike pills. The price is usually around 10 bucks and you can find melatonin at the nearest pharmacy.
Sleep is the best productivity hack you can implement today. Your brain gets rid of the toxic waste during deep sleep phases and you can think, recall, and create with better precision. The world is yours with enough sleep.
Your writing and creative process becomes easier, faster, and brings better quality to your audience. Exercise, sleep well, and take your supplements to create and accomplish more, and live a long and fruitful life.