#1
Like most of you guys, I've been having trouble with my sleep schedule for a long time. That can mean anything from staying up till 4 A.M. and sleeping in till afternoon to consistently pulling all-nighters. This has done a number on my health, mentally and physically. It's made me groggy and unable to function during the day and I feel and look like shit all the time.

So for the past week or so I've gotten myself back on an appropriate schedule. I am now waking up with the rest of the world at around 7 - 8 A.M. and safely in bed by 11 at the latest. I no longer feel like ass all day and I'm already showing improvements physically, like my face clearing up. Feelsgoodman.

But of course, there's a catch: My creativity peaks at those unsightly hours of the morning and I simply can't get into that groove during the daytime. So as my mind clears and my body feels better, my art is suffering no matter how hard I try to fit it into my new, normal schedule.

I feel like I have to choose between feeling good and doing good.

Who can relate?
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#2
I can sort of relate in that I have a similarly ****ed up sleep schedule (or lack of one, I should say). Unlike you, however, I actually feel better sleeping at odd hours then when I try and force myself to follow a "regular" schedule. As for the creativity part, on average I probably do more creative stuff like writing or composing at night then during the day. But if I'm feeling inspired by something, it doesn't really matter what time of day it is.
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#4
I can only write songs if I'm under pressure to perform in other areas. While I was in school this meant staying up al night writing music instead of studying, and now it's only when I've got something particularly important to do at/for work.

Of course, I'll be happy about writing some sick tunes, but I wont be able to function in any other areas.
#5
I can relate. If you dont have to get up early. **** it. Stay up late and write your stuff.

Just try to find a balance. No over nighters. But no 11pm either. meet yourself like at 3am. I do 4 am. and thats it. I was doing over nighters and i was feeling the same way. sucks. but now with 3 or 4 its much better.
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#6
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Placebo much?


just like any other associative human emotion/ability. the same pathways in his mind that give him the late-hour feeling also gives him creativity. either that or he's stuck in a rut and can only feel creative when it's late. it's like saying only being able to fall asleep when the tv is on is a placebo effect. it's kinda given, but works on a different level than medicine.
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#7
I feel most creative when I have been reading a maths book just before going to sleep, and in that state halfway between wakeness and sleep, shifting forms of wondrous abstract beauty dance through my mind.

Which invariably have no meaning, are complete bull, and these effects combine to thoroughly disappoint me when I awaken.
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just like any other associative human emotion/ability. the same pathways in his mind that give him the late-hour feeling also gives him creativity.

fail is a girl.

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either that or he's stuck in a rut and can only feel creative when it's late. it's like saying only being able to fall asleep when the tv is on is a placebo effect. it's kinda given, but works on a different level than medicine.

It also doesn't matter. She's using it as a crutch. She doesn't need it to be.
#9
I can relate.

I have ADD, and during the day I'm quite restless in my head, but at night my head is as silent as the night itself, and I can focus better at writing music.

I make late nighters, but I do surprisingly well (and might even do better) at writing music at 9:00 - 11:30 in the morning.

Why this is, I dunno.. Maybe because I grew up learning and being active with my brain at school on those morning hours at a young age.

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#10
ivebeen sleeping bout 4 hours a day for the ;ast four years or so...
insomnia sucks but i also feel the most lyrics get done at early hours in the morning 4 to 5 ish too bad when i pass out and wake up i cant ever exactly rememeber what it is i was playing unless i wrote it down...i widh i could write neater
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fail is a girl.


i know, her avatar threw me off, thought she was a new user

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It also doesn't matter. She's using it as a crutch. She doesn't need it to be.


how would she get out of something like this? i sorta have the same issue with studying.
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#13
I only get creative when I'm lying in bed trying to sleep.
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If I try to think about it more, I end up extending my insomnia. If I forget about it, I forget about it.
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#14
You will miss out on the guitar riffs the other kids write while up all night on amphetamines.
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#15
I completely understand what the TS is saying. I am an art major with a concentration in painting, and I cannot paint anything before 1 am at the earliest, but I hit a wall at around 5am. If I go a couple days in a row where I average 2 or 3 hours of sleep per night, which isnt uncommon in college (last year I was averaging 12-14 hours of sleep per week), I cant focus and it honestly feels like I'm drunk. I can see things happen but I am late to comprehend them or react when I'm that tired and it zaps all creativity out of me, which is how I feel right now, and I have to get up for class in 3 hours. Not to mention I can't sing when I am that tired which is really annoying. If I am well rested my thoughts are clearer, but I have too much energy to sit down and paint or draw. Im glad to see I'm not the only one frustrated by a weird sleep schedule.
#16
Most of my writing is done late at night as well. Actually, the last chapter I updated for one of my stories was around 2:30 AM the other night. I just feel better writing at night/morning than during the day.
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#17
Most of my writing is done through a lot of beer and friends. :/ anything I write by myself turns out sounding like dog craps
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#19
Yes.

Not quite as bad though, I find dusk and evening incredibly inspiring, but that only leaves a couple of inspired hours now I've fixed my sleep pattern, and I already wrote fucking slowly. It's impossible to get inspired during daytime, everything looks mundane and small and dull as shit.
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#20
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fail is a girl.


It also doesn't matter. She's using it as a crutch. She doesn't need it to be.

Are you her psychiatrist?
#22
Doesn't the brain release chemicals at night-time? Or in the absence of light?
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#23
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Doesn't the brain release chemicals at night-time? Or in the absence of light?

I've heard that people are more creative when they're slightly sleepy, because their subconscious is more prominent, the same reason people sometimes hear voices when they're about to sleep.
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#24
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Placebo much?


I don't see how. I always thought it was because I can focus better when it's dark and peaceful, and the night is much more interesting than the day.

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Stop telling yourself you can only create at night, or you will only be able to create at night


See, it was kind of the other way around. I discovered I was only able to create at night which caused me to tell myself I could only create at night. I didn't come up with that concept out of the blue one day.

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#25
I feel more creative at early hours in the morning and/or drunk. That's just me though.

Also atmosphere does play a big part too. Dark, quiet, relaxing, even the weather can factor in. I play music for a stress reliever too so yah. If I'm pissed it's heavy music, chill is mellow calm music, and so on.
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#26
Sleep or lack thereof does not effect my creativity in the slightest because I have forgotten what it means to have a consistent sleep schedule. I am usually up for 48-72 hours, sleep for about four hours and then do it all over again. I usually sleep about 8 - 12 hours a week.

As far as creativity goes, if it is sapped, I take an acoustic guitar and sit out by the beach just before sunrise with a hot cup of coffee and just play and watch the sun come up. It usually lasts for about an hour after the run has rose and the creative juices are found again.
#27
I actually think that the pattern for me is thinking "OMFG this tune is amazing im going to be famous over this!!1" at 3am. Then upon listening to it in the day light its a pile of balls

I think it might be a lack of distractions. At night I'm less likely to watch tv or wander around to see what everyone else is doing
#28
I find that my creativity peaks at night time instead of day, and my sleep schedule has never been perfect. So I guess I could relate. But the self-loathing just comes naturally for me, whether I've slept well or not doesn't really affect it.