We love this visualisation from Brain Pickings that shows the correlation between writers’ wake-up times and literary productivity. Of course, sleep is only one factor shaping creative output - a good night’s sleep does not guarantee a great literary work! (This blogpost is proof of that…)
Ernest Hemingway seems to have been quite the Lark. He was a morning person, waking up early and doing most of his writing then too. By contrast, F Scott Fitzgerald was more of a Night Owl. Most of us fall somewhere in between the two. Just as there’s no one-size-fits-all in the amount of sleep you need, there’s no universal ‘best time to wake up’. Our preference for sleep and waking is an expression of our internal body clock. Sometimes our body clock gets a bit out of sync with the process that drives the need for sleep and our sleep can become disrupted. The good news is that CBT can help ‘jump-start’ these two processes so they work together again in optimising the timing of our sleep and its quality. Whether you’re a Lark or an Owl, we do know that a good night’s sleep increases both our creativity and productivity so your literary genius may yet be discovered!