Photo Credit: by Hannah Olinger,

How do you feel when you wake up after spending the night in relatively uninterrupted slumber? Are you rested? In a brain fog? Wish you could sleep for another hour?

Every individual has different sleep needs; and no matter who you are or what you do, sleep is critical. Good sleep gives the body and the mind the recovery time needed for healthy brain function and well-being throughout your life.

The quality of your sleep affects the level of resilience your body and mind will experience over the course of the day.

As a writer it’s essential to rise with a clear, rested mind in order to create a worthy writing effort.

I recently started wearing a Fitbit watch. This is a fabulous modern day convenience since now, on a nightly basis, I get feedback on my sleep patterns.

I know exactly how many hours and minutes I sleep, and the exact times I’m in a pattern of Light sleep, wakefulness, REM sleep, or Deep sleep.

When I’m in a REM state, I’m dreaming. During Deep sleep–which is 13 to 23 percent of your total sleep–this is the time when there’s an increase of blood supply going to the muscles. It’s also when the immune system’s being strengthened, the growth of tissue and bones are taking place, and cell regeneration’s occurring.

Deep sleep’s an important part of your body and mind recovery. It promotes short and long-term memory and overall learning.

What does a good night’s sleep do for your writing?

A good night’s sleep helps you feel like you can conquer the world.

My natural go-to for a successful writing session is accomplished during the morning hours. I feel more refreshed and my thoughts naturally surface during this time frame.

When do you have the most energy to do your best writing?

Choosing your most productive writing time will certainly affect how fast you’re able to complete your work.

It’s important to have a daily schedule where you make time for exercise and proper nutrition. Both actions will enhance your ability to be a productive writer.

It’s also a good idea to choose a target shut-down time to end your day. I have a reminder on my phone that alerts me shortly before 10:00 PM to begin my preparations to go to bed.

Try to stick with a specific bedtime to set yourself up for a minimum of seven hours of sleep. If you need less sleep, set your shut-down time accordingly. The right amount of good sleep will affect your ability to concentrate and be productive during the daytime hours.

Do everything you can to set yourself up for successful writing. A good night’s sleep is definitely your friend! There’s nothing rewarding when you can’t function at top capacity during your waking hours. Good sleep helps you make better decisions, be more creative, and think more clearly.

Here’s your writing invitation: set yourself up for writing success by choosing a nightly shut-down time and sticking with it.

Also, decide on a specific time to accomplish your best writing each day and honor this time for the next week.

Let me know how this works for you by commenting below. Does this action help you connect with your finest writing?

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Photo Credit: by Hannah Olinger,