Don’t Stay Up Too Late: A Public Service Announcement

Ugh.  I feel like poop.

I had this policy that sleep was optional if there was not enough time in the day to do what was necessary to finish this manuscript on time.

Trust me.  Sleep is not optional.

I highly recommend that NO ONE stay up until 2:30 in the morning three days in a row.

It’s just not healthy.

I feel like I am walking around in a bubble, like there is a hum all around me.  Is there a force field around the house?  ERGH I feel weird.  My ears are ringing.

Believe me; I could not get a straight thought out right now even if I wanted to.  There’s no way I could write another line or read another word of this manuscript.

My Mom always said to get enough sleep.  I always tell my kids to get enough sleep.  I didn’t follow my own advice, and here I am.

When writing to a deadline, remember to schedule in time for sleep.

Going to bed now.


7 responses to “Don’t Stay Up Too Late: A Public Service Announcement

  1. I’ve done something similar. (I’m looking at you, NaNoWriMo!) and feel your pain. Is the writing high worth the hangover? Not sure.
    Will I do this again? Probably.
    Because I’m hooked. 🙂
    Things will look so much brighter after good night’s sleep. Take care of yourself!

  2. Haha, I love your public service announcement! 🙂

  3. Sleep deprivation is the worst. I am a nasty sleeper. I sleep when i can, regardless of the time of day (course i can’t be at work sleeping) … but NAPS are key for me! Rest, and rejuvenate.

  4. Kourtney Heintz

    You’d think more time writing=more writing done. I tried that and burnt out. For some reason under deadlines requires strict adherences to eating, exercising and sleeping regimens for me. Otherwise, I can’t write and I get sick. Hoping you get some rest and recharge!

  5. Yes, sleep is pretty much mandatory if you plan on getting a readable story. Naps are good. Be sure to drink enough water; I’ve found that it makes the buzzing feeling go away.

  6. There was a time when I was writing Dragon King that I was up until 2:30 every morning and had to get up at 6 a.m. to go to work. This went on for several months. Finally my body said no more, I went to bed at midnight instead for about a week before starting the cycle all over again. Writing sort of does that to us. It takes over. Take a few naps, get to bed early. Pretty soon, another story will come along that you’ll have to write and 2:30 will be the norm again.

  7. Writing when exhausted can produce something interesting writing, although, not always good writing. Have a good nap today.