Life as a comedian can be hard — you can have the audience eating out of your hand one second and you may hear crickets the next. Plus, unless you have a fairly large following, the money isn’t that great. In fact, comedy is a profession that should only be pursued by the passionate. Anything less than your complete dedication will eventually lead to failure.
The Sleep Life of Comedians
Although comedians must face many ups and downs in their line of work, there is one constant thing that every single comic has to deal with i.e. the inevitable consequences of all comedy gigs, better known as the adrenaline dump. Comedians get on such a high that it is virtually impossible to go straight to bed after a gig. There are some brave souls who have tried but the ending result was the silent torture of insomnia.
Most comics tend to deal with this problem in one of two ways:
They stay up all night, drinking and partying with friends
They go home, get comfortable and try to ride the feeling out by watching movies and doing other relaxing activities
The Effects of Sleepless Nights
Based on the above information, it’s safe to say that most comedians get less than 7 hours of sleep a night; unaware that being out of sorts the next day is the least of their problems.
7 hours of sleep is the amount of time needed for adults to successfully navigate through every single stage of sleep. Not only does getting fewer hours make the sleep deprived comedians feel groggy, it also places them at a higher risk for a number of health problems that include stress, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and more.
Sleep is a vital component of health and there are some experts who say that is just as important as eating and exercising. But, these late night gigs that comics take to pursue their passion can disrupt their circadian rhythms i.e. the internal processes that affect sleep-wake cycles.
Improving Sleep Quality
There are some comics who have the luxury of staying up all night and sleeping all day. But, this isn’t possible for everyone — take those with kids and daytime jobs, for example. Fortunately, there is some good news; if these comedians were to practice, what is called good sleep hygiene, they would be able to vastly improve the quality of their sleep. Plus, it is remarkably easy to do so; experts suggest the following the next few tips to help:
- Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly
- Make sure their bedrooms are relaxing, quiet, and dark. It is also important that they are kept at a comfortable temperature.
- Mattresses and sheets should be as comfortable as possible. Latex mattresses are very beneficial because they provide the right support for the body. Also, the bed should only be reserved for sleeping and adult
- Avoid eating large meals before going to bed and stay away from caffeine and alcohol.
If they’re still unable to go to sleep after 20 minutes, they should get out of bed, do a relaxing activity for about 40 minutes, and try again.
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