I’m sure you’ve heard that not getting enough sleep is dangerous to your health, your relationships, your weight, everything.  

I mean, if I could get more sleep, I would – but the demands of life only allow us so many hours.

Fortunately, there is one good thing about being tired: We are at our most creative when we are sleepy!

A studydone recently on 428 college students tested their creative thinkingabilities at night and in the morning and made a very interestingdiscovery: night owls are most creative in the morning and morningpeople are most creative at night.

The researchers ended up recommending that the students schedule art andcreative writing classes during their non-optimal waking hours.

Why do I like this study? Well, I often find myself having to tackle aproject at what I would certainly call a “non-optimal” time. As afreelancer, I get a lot of flexibility about when I do things, butequally the time slots available to accomplish my projects are at themercy of family obligations and other activities that have to be workedaround.

But my favorite thing about the findings in this study is that I don’thave to feel like I’m not doing my best work, even if I’m sleepy. Imight not feel great when I’m doing it, but the project will not suffer from my tiredness, it might even benefit.

So at times when I’m working and would rather be taking a nap, I’m goingto try to remember that I’m at my most creative before I have thatextra cup of coffee.

Wendy Stackhouse
, Consultant for Artisan Creative