I’ve frequently stressed the importance of good health to your career as a productive freelance writer.
Sleep is especially crucial, not only to your ability to concentrate on your writing projects, but also so you have enough energy to get them done on time. I wrote an extensive post about how lack of adequate sleep hurts you and 11 ways you can get more and better sleep here: “Are Your Sleep Habits Hurting Your Writing Career?”
But today I’m sharing an excellent infographic that lays out the brutal consequences of sleep deprivation for your health, including increased risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes — and death.
It also describes how sleep deprivation decreases your focus and ability to remember, and actually leads to the loss of brain tissue.
(You can click the infographic for a larger version that’s easier to read.)
My earlier post lays out 11 ways to get more and better sleep. For me, the most important ones are:
- Keeping a regular schedule of when I go to bed and when I wake up
- Keeping my room dark and quiet (Actually, I frequently use a small fan for white noise so that I don’t hear cars honking or blue jays squawking.)
- No food for at least two hours before bed
- 20-minute power nap in the early afternoon, as needed
- Lots of exercise every day
Do you get enough sleep? Does the information in the graphic give you enough motivation to do something about it? Any tips to add?