April 17, 2017

Creative Sleep Habits – insights from artists

As many of you know, creativity and a passion for artistic expression are cornerstones in our heritage.

Technogel has long been used to make ordinary objects more comfortable. And, throughout our 25+ years history, we’ve always collaborated with the design community to discover ways to mold Technogel into new inventions.

So, when we were planning the opening of our first (and only) flagship store, it was natural for us to connect with local artisans to help us furnish and accent it. A vibrant community of artists, makers and dreamers form the fabric of the Technogel Sleeping Experience Center in Berlin.

Artists are often typecast as restless, unrelenting and offbeat—assumed to turn night into day in constant pursuit of creativity. While sleep may appear to have a minor role in artists’ lives, is it really like that? We talked about it with some German artists.

Anne, a freelance artist from Munich:
How much sleep do you need per night?
Six to seven hours plus a one hour power nap each day.

How important is sleep for you in terms of being creative and effective?
Very, very, very important!

What are the most important factors for sleeping well?
A good mattress, closed blinds and no electronic devices nearby, phone either turned off or not in the room.

What's most important about your bedroom?
I prefer to sleep alone, in a single bed, in the same room I work in.

Miguel & Jan-Christoph, photographers from Berlin:
How much sleep do you need per night?
Miguel: Seven to eight hours. Less than six or more than nine hours are problematic. Jan-Christoph: Generally, six to eight. In the past I needed at least 8. However, it's more about quality rather than quantity. 5 hours of sound sleep is better than 10 hours of tossing and turning.

How important is sleep for you, in terms of being creative and effective?
Miguel: Very, very important. Without adequate sleep, everything seems 10 times more complicated.
Jan-Christoph: After a good night's sleep, you feel physically and mentally fit and your mood is significantly better than after a bad night. In that respect, good sleep is essential for a good day.

What is most important for you to sleep well?
Miguel: It must be completely quiet, dark and not too warm. For years I slept with earplugs, but I stopped doing that now.
Jan-Christoph: For me, darkness and silence are most important. I am very sensitive to noise and light while I sleep. I'm a light sleeper, so in the car, on the train or on a plane, I can at best doze. As trivial as it may sound, the most important thing is to be really tired. Sports always helps.

You travel a lot: how do you manage to sleep well when you're away?
Miguel: I always bring a sleep mask and earplugs. Physical activity also always helps. And with jet lag, it's best to just stay up until you can naturally enter the local rhythm.
Jan-Christoph: When I'm traveling, it is important to me that I have a reasonably good bed in a quiet, dark room. I also use earplugs and sometimes a sleep mask. Often, I need 1 to 2 days to get used to a new room or bed. When I'm traveling, I'm usually on my feet from morning until late at night. That makes falling asleep pretty easy.

At the end of the day, our minds and bodies need adequate sleep to rejuvenate and fuel creativity. Deep and restful sleep is essential for focused and effective work—not only for artists, but for everyone.

And, even more than we like to exercise our creativity to make innovative sleeping and lifestyle products, we want to provide comfort that inspires more creativity in your life!

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