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Sleeping, Eating & Blogging

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012

Most people don’t know about the connection between sleeping and eating. They think they do, and there are many tales of how eating one thing produced this or that kind of dream, or not sleeping on full or empty stomachs and the like. As it turns out, there are a few lessons one can learn about these two things, and how they’re related to blogging. Don’t think I can do it? Let’s find out.

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1. Did you know that you could survive more than 60 days without food if you at least have something legitimate to drink? That doesn’t mean it’s great living, but it’s survival, which means you have a chance to overcome whatever problems you might have if that’s the reason why you can’t eat.

It’s like blogging; your blog can survive if you decide to write only once a month or even once every 2 to 3 months, but is it really blogging? Will your blog or website get much benefit out of it without more output?

2. Did you know that you wouldn’t survive more than a week without sleeping (although there have been some anomalies, but it’s uber rare)? For most people, even if you tried not to sleep for more than 72 hours your body and mind will overcome you and you’ll dose here and there. My record is 81 1/2 hours, and I can honestly say it was miserable, but I got through it.

This is like blogging once you get into it. For awhile at least you’ll find yourself having more things to say and feeling a need to write, even if you’re not in the mood to do so. Of course this presupposes that you’ve fully embraced blogging and all that comes with it.

3. Did you know that when you get older you’d rather sleep than eat, but how dangerous that is? From around the age of 45 or so people actually do start eating less, even if their weight doesn’t always show it. Inactivity has more to do with weight gain at that point than how much one eats. However, when there’s the choice between sleeping and eating, most people will choose to sleep, and the older you get, the less energy doing that gives you as far as waking up or wanting to do anything else. The act of sleeping stems the act of being hungry, which is fine when we’re younger, but not so much as we get older. Most times, when a person in a nursing home starts sleeping and won’t eat, it’s pretty much known that they won’t be alive much longer.

If you don’t love blogging, and you have the choice between blogging and doing something else, you’re going to do something else, and after awhile you’re not going to want to blog anymore. In this case you probably won’t expire, but if you thought blogging was necessary for your business you’re going to find reasons not to do it and your blog will die out. This is the reason why some people recommend having publishing schedules if you’re blogging more out of necessity than enjoyment. Of course, the real idea of blogging is to find something you enjoy talking about so that you don’t tire of it.

4. Eating can help you sleep, but what you eat will definitely affect how you sleep. All of us have different types of food that affect us positively or negatively, and how close we eat these things to when we go to sleep or fall asleep can mess us up.

For instance, eating a high amount of carbs will put me to sleep during the day within 30 to 60 minutes, no matter what it is. If I eat it late in the evening, close to when I’m going to bed, there’s no effect at all. But if I eat something with acidic sauce, like tomato sauce, and go to bed within 3 hours I’m going to be sick all night, probably wake up sick, and sleep horribly. If I eat a salad I tend to sleep well, but I hate salads that late at night so it’s not something I do all that often; yeah, stupidly stubborn that way.

How you decide to write your blog will have a major effect on how much you enjoy writing on it. If you tend to write long, boring posts that are more like textbooks than prose, you’re going to hate it. If you niche yourself so much that it’s a chore trying to figure out what to write, you’re not going to be encouraged to write. This is why so many people recommend finding something you enjoy talking about and why I recommend that if you’re going to write on a certain niche not to make it so tight that it limits what you can write about. Most people should be able to figure out what they like to write or talk about without needing someone else to tell them how to do it or what to write about.

I think that’s enough for now; time for a sandwich, then a nap. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It is quite interesting, Mitch and for some of this thoughts I have different stats – like 30 days without food and that elder people sleep less than kids. However I don’t really think that anybody have test the limits, in science its said that men can’t survive after more than 4 days without sleep, from personal experience I know that I have done more than 8 days without sleep and after that slept 72 hours in a roll.
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January 12th, 2012 | 8:54 PM

Carl, I did the research on this one, and it pretty much said that almost every person that reaches 5 days will start hallucinating and babbling and most probably, if they weren’t being watched or tested, they napped somewhere along the way, even if they didn’t remember it. I remember when mine happened it was here in the house just a few years ago and I just couldn’t sleep at all, but knew by that third day that I was getting a bit goofy. But in college, during finals, going around 72 hours or so without sleep was pretty east; much younger and more resilient then. If you lasted 8 days you have to be superhuman; maybe we should send you for testing. lol

January 12th, 2012 | 9:34 PM

I doubt that I can repeat that and I personally don’t want to. It was the time when I was in the army and on duty and I guess I didn’t had much of a choice then.
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January 14th, 2012 | 8:26 PM

Ah, military endurance testing and the like; they used to do that here but it’s against the law these days. Course you lived in another country so who knows what goes on there… well, probably you. lol

January 14th, 2012 | 10:53 PM

Hi Mitch,
another great post from you…
yes, you are right in all the statements. we cant live without food, water, sleep. my maximum without sleep was around 50 hours, lol…and i could hardly survive. it is the truth that eating can help us sleep, but what we eat (or drink-in my case) will definitely affect how you sleep. so, no more drinking coffee late at night!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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January 12th, 2012 | 9:17 PM

Good thing I don’t drink coffee Eleonora, though I have been known to drink my earl grey tea late in the evening here and there.

January 12th, 2012 | 9:35 PM

nice list, I enjoyed reading this. but I think I can’t survive 60days without food. hehe
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January 12th, 2012 | 9:57 PM
Peter Davies:


I agree with writing long – I tend to do that and not do enough blog posts.

I find that if theres enough of a gap between eating and going to bed I’m ok
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January 13th, 2012 | 2:14 AM

You know Peter, I’m surprised more people don’t just write one long blog post and then break it into sections so that they end up with multiple posts. I did that with my pillar post, although in retrospect if I’d broken it into at least 5 posts instead of just 2 it might have worked out better.

January 13th, 2012 | 3:14 PM

It is as simple as a healthy blogger can most of the time provide a healthy blog if they are well motivated. That doesn’t mean though that the unhealthy bloggers cannot provide an excellent content. The thing here is that, a healthy body can cope up well with stress and can help the blogger think fast of good things to write.
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January 13th, 2012 | 3:38 AM

You got the idea Farrell. Sure, even unhealthy bloggers can do well, but being more active works better.

January 13th, 2012 | 3:15 PM

I’m a thin guy so if i will not eat for more than 2 days i will dry on me feet :))
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January 13th, 2012 | 12:35 PM

I would rather be doing so many other things than what I am currently obliged to be doing! I survive!
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January 14th, 2012 | 9:58 AM

Rummuser, sometimes I feel like I’m only surviving, and other times I feel like I’m barely surviving. But I’m surely going to make sure I follow through with eating when I need to and sleeping when I can.

January 14th, 2012 | 10:44 PM

Those are some interesting facts. I had no idea that you could go that long without food. 81 1/2 hours is pretty impressive without sleep.
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January 14th, 2012 | 5:38 PM

Doug, it was something I often did when I was younger that when it happened the last time it pretty much wore me out, but there wasn’t anything I could do about it. I hope it doesn’t happen again.

January 14th, 2012 | 10:52 PM


I think I may have gone almost 70 before. Very true though, it wears one about beyond belief. Once I did this and I was so tired the day after that it really was not even worth it. Deadlines seem to have the reins, though haha
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January 19th, 2012 | 2:41 PM

That’s true Doug. When I was doing it in college for a reason that was one thing. When it’s a bout of insomnia it’s another, as that’s also quite depressing. I don’t think I ever want to go through it again at this point in my life.

January 19th, 2012 | 11:59 PM
Olawale Daniel:

I personally love to eat a lot since I’ve started blogging, but now learning ways to eat less and blog more ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for this great post
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February 6th, 2012 | 9:33 PM