young woman falls asleep while studying at an outside cafe table. young woman falls asleep while studying at an outside cafe table. Sleep problems are reported in higher frequency from creative people, a new study says. (Photo: eakkaluktemwanich / Shutterstock)

Are you a creative person? That might be why you don't sleep well

Art-centered college students reported lower-quality sleep than their science-minded peers in a new study.

Does creativity ever sleep? Maybe not – and that could be why people who classify themselves as "creative" report more sleep problems than their scientifically minded peers.

A new study out of Israel's University of Haifa says that students who majored in the arts were more likely to evaluate their sleep as lower quality. And it's no surprise: With all those creative juices flowing 24 hours a day, they don't always filter out in time to get your requisite eight hours of shuteye.

In their research, 30 undergraduate students from seven academic institutions in Israel underwent sleep evaluations while wearing a wrist activity monitor. Then, they filled out a journal and questionnaire to measure the quality and pattern of their sleep. Finally, they completed visual and verbal creativity tests.

A new baby monitor called Nanit gives a bird's eye view of your baby's sleep.If you haven't slept like this since infancy, you're probably a visually creative person. (Photo: Anna Grigorjeva/Shutterstock)

"Visually creative people reported disturbed sleep leading to difficulties in daytime functioning," doctoral student Neta Ram-Vlasov, one of the authors of the study, explained. "In the case of verbally creative people, we found that they sleep more hours and go to sleep and get up later. In other words, the two types of creativity were associated with different sleep patterns."

Thus, the researchers concluded that all you visually creative people might have to deal with many sleepless nights, tossing and turning and fitful, disturbing dreams.

Well, not exactly. It could just mean it's time to change your routine, or incorporate other lifestyle changes to compensate for the dysfunction, like better nutrition, more exercise (yoga and meditation works wonders for bedtime prep!), reducing screen time or trying some of the products on the market that claim to promote better sleep. Be creative! (As if you could be anything else.)


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Are you a creative person? That might be why you don't sleep well
Research out of the University of Haifa in Israel found that the more creative people are, the more sleep problems they have.