How Sleeping More Can Improve Your Blogging

Writers Block…Yikes!

What can I blog about? What about…nah. Oh, I got it…no, that sucks too… As a blogger, you always want to have fresh, relevant, kick-ass content. But sometimes, you just sit down at that keyboard and there’s nothing.

Everybody gets writers block sometimes. This is true whether you’re John Grisham, John Mayer, or John Chow. But, what contributes to writer’s block, and how can we get through it?

One thing that plays a role in writer’s block is sleep. When you’re tired, the brain doesn’t make the kind of interesting connections that it’s able to make when rested. A sleepy person is more likely to find himself at dead end after dead end, like a rat in a maze.

Sleep has been shown to bring about perspective and insight that helps us solve problems, make critical leaps, and more easily identify patterns. All of these things contribute to better blogging, making it easier to come up with good ideas and get them down on paper (or screen).

So, as a blogger, what can you do to sleep better?

Keep a Consistent Schedule

For those of us who are fortunate to not have “a real job”, it can be easy to drift around the clock in a fuzzy cycle of work, eat, and sleep. Before you know it, you have no schedule, and your sleep WILL suffer, as will your energy level.

If you find yourself in this kind of a “trap”, you can break out of it with a little discipline, and an alarm clock. Work to put yourself on a consistent schedule, 7 days a week, and follow the rest of the tips

Get Your Face Out of The Computer Before Bed

The computer screen is a sleep-killer. I know you want to finish that post, and refresh your affiliate stats 578 more times. But give yourself 30 minutes at least (optimally 60 or more) between shutting down the computer and shutting down yourself. (yes, this includes iPads and laptops too!)

Diet & Exercise

Again, unless you’re a health blogger, there’s a good chance you’re not eating right and getting appropriate exercise. These things play a big role in the quality of your sleep. Keep a consistent meal schedule, exercise just about daily (early evening is a great time to help with sleep), and manage your caffeine intake. In a perfect world, you’d have zero caffeine. If you find that’s just not possible (at least to start), work on confining your caffeine to the first few hours after you wake up. Any caffeine within 5-6 hours of bedtime is asking for trouble.

Get Some Sun

For too many people, the only light they get is from their computer monitors. Do yourself a favor and take your laptop outside. You can be in the shade, just allow your eyes to be in the natural sunlight during the day. This will help your body discern day from night, so it knows when it’s time to sleep.

Hopefully these tips will help. They won’t eliminate all writer’s block, but should minimize its occurrence, and help you bust through when you do. And, if for some reason you still can’t get started, you can always take a nap and come back later!

Sean Folkson is the founder of TheSleepGuy.com, and NightFood: Nutrition for Better Sleep. While working on his internet businesses 15 years ago, Sean stared at monitors all day, stopped sleeping, got fat, and conceived of NightFood, a healthy late night snack for better sleep. Now he helps people sleep better every day with NightFood bars, and the free sleep tips and info at TheSleepGuy.com


36 thoughts on “How Sleeping More Can Improve Your Blogging”

  1. Mate Hegedus says:

    Everything is a check for me, except “Get Your Face Out of The Computer Before Bed”.

    I just cannot resist to just refresh my Clickbank stats 😀

    My best post is about how to get PR9 backlinks and I written that after a super long hour of sleep.

    Sleep is really a must!

    1. Getting enough sleep won’t only improve the quality of your writing, it’ll actually improve your quality of life. Eat healthy and sleep well and your life will be awesome.

      1. Joel says:

        The magic number if we talk about sleep duration is 7. No more no less. Seven hours is what we all need according to a research published a few months ago. Sleeping too short or too long both have detrimental health implications.

        1. It’s not just sleep that is important, nutritious food and fresh air in the sun is also what the body and brain need.

  2. wasim ismail says:

    I know what you mean, but its hard to get away, it 1am right now, commenting from my ipad, couldn’t sleep, so was just checking my reader,,,loll you know what I mean.

    1. Erwin Miradi says:

      LOL yeah we all have been there dude.

  3. Dealbulous says:

    I can’t seem to sleep more than 6 hours 🙁 I don’t know why but could be due to poor money income.

  4. Brian says:

    I agree too. Its hard to sleep after working on a site for several hours before bed. Usually what I will do is take 1 whole day off every week from computer.

    1. Erwin Miradi says:

      Yeah.. And the best thing about being a blogger is, you can work anytime you have the mood to. You can rest and back to work anytime you please.

  5. This is been a great thinking so fer. I never think like that. You are something different who can imagine lovely.

  6. Pam Britton says:

    For me, it’s all about balance–enough sleep, rest, work, play. I like your suggestion, too, about putting yourself on a schedule, if you’re one of the lucky ones who aren’t working a “regular” job.

  7. hard for me to get off the machine…

  8. Chad B says:

    As they say, a relaxed an fresh mind produces more output.

  9. GamesDunia says:

    Yes it is true that fresh weather and early rising in the morning can refresh any body’s mind which can give him power to work more.

  10. Kavya Hari says:

    Blogging is one of the correct directions to come up with good ideas and can get more information in it. Thanks a lot for sharing your post on here 🙂

  11. fas says:

    Some awesome tips, does the no laptop rule before sleep include TV and iPhones 2?

  12. Enstine Muki says:

    I solve a lot of coding problems after a good sleep. Sleep really kind of ‘resets’ the brain and makes it fresh to start fresh

  13. rochelle says:

    Ok i cant check too any of these. I spend my life of my computer, even while in bed, getting ready to sleep. As for the sun, we are not friends. I should probably improve my sleeping so I can blog like a rockstar!

  14. Chad Nicely says:

    Very interesting, never really though of it that way. What if your working on your laptop in bed, and waking up to the same screen? LOL…. done that several times. I can always write a better post, if I have me a “Starbucks” Carmel Machiato, with Breve Upside down…

  15. rakesh kumar says:

    You are right , We bloggers are used to sit in front of computer and try to browse or search new contents every time and does not care about good food and exercise. Thanks for these awesome tips.

    1. Erwin Miradi says:

      Yeah.. Sometimes we don’t even see the sun for a couple of days. Only blogs and search engines.

  16. Great article. I could definetly need som more sleep. Hopefully I’ll be in the money soon so that I can sleep and blog a little and make a great living doing just that 🙂

    Thank you for great tips!

  17. Matthew Racz says:

    Awesome tips! I think the schedule advice is extremely important. I had awful insomnia when I was in college and it was largely due to not having a set schedule. Once I graduated in May I got back into a rhythm and my productivity is way up!

  18. This post title sure caught my attention. Blogging killed my sleep. It keeps me up until the middle of the night and makes it very difficult to fall asleep. Diet and exercise? Ha! More often than not I realize that the only time I’m getting up from the computer is when I’m getting something to eat or drink. Time to turn over a new leaf!

    1. Sean Folkson says:

      I know this is a real issue. how productive are you REALLY being all that time in front of the computer? Some time away to recharge will benefit you in both the short and long term!

  19. Sarah says:

    This is so interesting and true. However i find myself waking up in the middle of the night with creative and interesting ideas. So my sleep is very broken . For some reason my creative brain is on at night and not during the day when i am thinking hard about what to write about.

  20. Sean Folkson says:

    Great comments everybody…thanks for the love!

    Remember, your clickbank stats will update while you sleep. no need to keep checking 🙂 For me, that was one of my biggest problems, checking stats. Go off the grid, your stats will be there tomorrow!

    If you have ideas in the middle of the night, jot them down and go back to sleep. If you let your mind race at night, it will run all over the place and make sleep difficult.

    best!
    sean

  21. Erwin Miradi says:

    Yeah sleep is really a must. The idea to write could come anytime and anywhere. You can’t force it only by sitting at the front of the monitor all night all day. You need to refresh the brain sometimes.

  22. Great reminder! We all need to “Re-Charge” from time to time.

  23. Thank you so much. Lately, I have been staying awake late night and next day I found that i couldn’t remember well. I think it is due to less sleep. I will try to sleep well which is good for our brain as well as to our body.

  24. Gift Ideas says:

    Many have many efforts but not good results. Nice sharing here.

  25. Mochamad says:

    I agree with you John. If we just do sleeping so how we can write the qualified posting that useful for other people.

    1. Its all depends on the creative mind

  26. nice tips to keep you healthy and in a way, wealthy. thanks Sean for sharing this wonderful article.

  27. Blogging its an interesting stuff which will help to promote our blog

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