We really don't give sleep the credit it deserves in our daily lives. It provides us a time to rejuvenate, relax and recover from our hectic schedules. Good sleep is all about cozy sheets, a consistent schedule and a strategy to minimize light and noise. Let's discuss.
Now let us not forget that a lack of sleep doesn't just have effects on our vocal quality but also the quality of our state of mind. Now, one may ask, why does this matter for the vocalist? Think about it. A stable, sane and healthy mind iwill be reflective on your business skills, interpersonal abilities, critical thinking methods and songwriting stratgies. Creativity is at its maximum when it's been given a wonderful space to flourish and sleep is a seriously matter in this equation. As SWVS reminds us, "Singers have to manage breath, pitch, intonation, pronunciation, style and performance simultaneously. When one is lacking sleep, multitasking all of these elements becomes exponentially harder." So, the more maintenance and attempt to control the uncontrollable aspects of life, the more success you'll have as a singer in terms of vocal agility and flexibility. Think maintaining muscles by hiking or new experiences for a refreshing adventure - our brain and body love to and benefit from staying in exercise and mainetenance mode. Have you ever heard of the term "Get ready to stay ready" - this is a similar sentiment.
Despite our body's abilty to boince back rather quickly and relentlessly, you still must weave a strategy into your lifestyle and sleepstyle if you want to perform at premiuim vocal quality. Lake Lessons lets us know that "When your body is tired, your voice is tired too, and will be fatigued much faster. Singing while experiencing vocal fatigue will eventually damage your voice, resulting in a lack of clarity, loss of volume, and diminishing tone quality."
Now, when it comes to the nitty gritty of the sleep schedule, it all comes down to each of our individual reactions to particular sleep schedules. It's also important to take into consideration that these schedules may vary week to week, but the more stable of a schedule you can have with your body, the better. It appears to our minds and bodies enjoy a healthy dose of predictability. When it comes to specifics, may experts say that 7-8 is the most advisable nightly dose of sleep aid, but it appears that its best to adjust to your addition environmental and lifestyle factors. Don't forget to take into consideration other factors that may be effecting the quality of your night slumber including stress, alcohol intake, outside noises and a level of light that varies from your preference.
Our best suggestion would be to commit to testing out a few different schedules that will work for you. The wonderful part about putting the time in to get to the bottom of how you can hack your own level of productivity and movitation is that you'll soon be able to maximize your creativity and in theory, you'll be a healthy sounding singer, who is happier with more ideas and more energy.