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From a very young age...okay, okay from birth...I have slept a lot. I slept through the night at a young age, I took long naps as a toddler, I went to bed at an embarrassingly early hour as a teenager, and never pulled an all-nighter in college. To this day, I can easily sleep for nine hours a night.
The people who get anywhere from 4-6 hours of sleep per night and still function astound me. There was one semester of college where I was averaging around 6 1/2 to 7...and I literally was falling asleep in my classes every day.
These sleepless people were making me think the other day about the relation of sleep to art. In their state, yes, they can function, but can they create? And if they can create with that level of sleep, can they create something better with more?
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I honestly feel that sleep affects people in very different ways. There are probably people who create better when sleep deprived. But in general, I feel that fully rested adults are able to use their mental faculties better. Creativity is one of the most difficult mental faculties because you are having to come up with new ideas.
There is a wonderful article written about this subject at the new website I found titled Happenchance. If you are interested in this subject I would highly recommend popping over there and reading more. It even goes into the creativity during sleep (dreams) and the special cases of artists that create better without sleep.
So...what about you? Do you create better with more sleep, or less?
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