Does anyone else struggle with sleeping?
I personally believe that there is some correlation between sleep issues and creativity, what do you think?
I have to agree on this one. Every creative person i've met struggled with some form of insomnia or sleeping disorder. I myself have sleep issues as well.
Yes, my mum has problems with it from time to time. After a night of no sleep, she has a bad headache and terrible migraines.
You may be right! That's why I am up right now, being creative and writing on hubpages. This is because we can think better with less distractions.
Yes,whether you write or not even your thoughts sometime make you restless.Actually,creativity gets it's price so creative people are more concern about the social issues.
The words 'struggle' and 'sleeping' just do not go together! I should think that anyone who has a struggle in mind is on the wrong track entirely. Surely sleep calls for relaxation, not emotional warfare which encourages stress.
I would suggest one might try concentrating the mind on physical relaxation. Starting with the feet, imagine you are 'breathing in', through your feet, then 'breath out' through them, a few times. Then leave them 'lying there', and move on to your calves, and so on through the whole body, leaving each area you have worked on relaxed. With your head, imagine it contains a balloon, which you are filling up with air until it fills the whole head. Then slowly 'empty' the balloon, until it just lies there crumpled. It is very difficult to remain tense when you are concentrating on breathing out! This approach is quite fun! A mental exercise too!
It has always been a problem until I started to write. It then changed into a journey of imagination, I accept that I need to rest but I also need to think. I end up dreaming and manage to recall the dreams as vivid as they were. Some have become writings, a book, and ideas. I do not now call it a problem, just me, the only thing that relaxes is oddly enough, Coffee.
The older one gets the harder it becomes to sleep through the night, it seems.
I struggle with sleep but usually it has to do with back pain, barking dogs, or a mosquito net that I am tangled in.
I don't know if creativity would stop me from going to sleep but I think if I woke in the night and had a great idea my mind would start planning. Many a hub is mentally started in the horizontal position. I go so far as to plan the different capsules, titles and the first few lines. Of course I don't write these down and when I get up in the morning, the great ideas are either gone or don't seem as newsworthy.
I think that there's some correlation between sleep issues and spiritual life. When i was younger my grandma took me to a friend of hers that 'treated' other people, spiritually. Those days I couldn't sleep, had insomnia and stayed hours waked. When I went to that laddie, she bathed me with water with salt (previously 'blessed') and then dried with a lit incense... She gave me a spray to use in my house. And that day I slept like an angle. she mentioned that i should use the alarm to wake up or i would be late to school. It happened like she said, i just woke up with the alarm... But know that I'm on church (not ever going to resort to those stuff), me and God, I can sleep. If i wake up in the middle of the night I pray and right away go back to sleep... Beyond uh?
Obviously Gary, it is proved that sleeping does a lot to the creativity. The flexible reasoning & deep perspective behavior will be improved more with sleeping. Also, REM sleep increases cognitive flexibility in everyone. Also, studies have proved that the lack of sleep will impair creativity.
Also, under hypnotic-induced sleep, participants were much more likely to produce paraphrases of jokes that they had heard before and to spontaneously create new jokes (when compared with their performance while awake).
I agree about the "even" part. Well, i'm fine with God so i don't think more of that only when i'm angry because of people wanting to manipulate others.I tried yoga once, more to control my body, improve it and improve my concentration ability.
what kind of creativity? If you sleep well you probably can think straight and get more creative i guess
No, my hypothesis is: creative people (artsits, writers, designers, architects etc..) have a higher chance of contracting sleeping issues.
Most people I know who are creative by nature, including myself, have most success after midnight
I agree with your statement Gary, the more sleep deprived, the more creative I become. I also have trouble at night because whenever I lay down, the wheels just keep turning. Takes me about an hr after I lay down to actually fall asleep!
At times, but when I do, I just brew up some tea, and off to sleep I go.
Sometimes, waking up at dawn is just an excuse to eat something!
I awake early, as a habit from having kids. I thought once they had grown, I would be able to sleep until 9...LOL.
Now, it is from going to bed early, and living on a farm.
Those planning and worrying about the next day or thinking of some creativity, their mind stick to thinking about the same throughout the sleep. Similarly if you engage yourself in watching TV or talking to a friend till late at night, you may find your sleep disappear and feel dull in the morning. People who take plenty of water to flush out the toxins, they will also wake up during the sleep for urinating which disturbs their sleep.
Hi Gary, last time i have this problem with sleeping but i found something i started painting (never done it before) I sow one beautiful picture on the internet and i said to myself: I want it and i do it by myself! Yes, that's happened! And now I am still painting if i can sleep! So, maybe you can find something for yourself, some kind of hobby you can do and be happy about it. Here can you see some of my pictures:
Good luck Gary and do something!
Creativity: I'm always writing stuff down, intending to use it for the next post/hub/article - there's a draw filled with them about this and that. Life usually gets in the way of using many of them, although some have made it to a website in the form of an article. Sleep usually knocks on my door at around nine in the evening but in the unlikely event that I can't sleep - it's great to be able to pick up one or more of those scribbles and get going on a 'master piece', should a sleepless night set in.
Absolutely, positively, without a doubt in my opinion and awesome question. I also believe it to be the reason so many artists including musicians, actors, some writers, painters, etc struggle with addiction problems because of their inability to sleep and cope with the fact that their brain often works on overtime with ideas just streaming through.
I also believe that a lot of children are diagnosed with mental health disorders because of not knowing how to release all this creativity in a positive form. They end up being labeled ODD, ADD, ADHD, etc, etc. due to their parents, teachers, doctors, and others not realizing what's bottled up inside is nothing more than a need to express ones self and create. They are given medication to suppress this genius and creativity leaving us with unknown miracles they will not be able to create. This has been proven time and time again starting with inventors such as Edison, Einstein, Bell etc and whom without we would not have electricity, phones, TV,etc., which would have definitely impacted our lives.
Sorry to ramble but I have a lot of strong feelings about allowing people to create and suppressing that creativity (sometimes needed just look at the stars) which is often such a huge gift.
There is a very and I do mean very fine line between genius, creativity, and those thought to be insane or crazy.
Yes, I struggle with sleeping. More like sleep issues cause delusions. My creativity suffers when I don't sleep well.
Yes on the first question, and not sure on the second. I would think sleep affects cognitive more than creative. Or. Left hemisphere vs. Right hemisphere. If I remember correctly there are more functions occurring in the right hemisphere anyway. So, maybe since it is active creativity may still ensue. I will have to fact check that later, since my memory function defaults to forgetfulness sometimes . . .
You need to consult system 2 more than system 1. That way, your not instantly available memory will become more flexible and less likely to allow system 1 to give up and write, "I'll fact check that later." 4 words: thinking, fast and slow. Good read
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