Acting in the Theatre can be Very Intense, do Actors Get Enough Sleep?

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Acting in the Theatre can be Very Intense, do Actors Get Enough SleepCelebrities lead fairly fabulous lives but they are often hectic as well. They frequently have to travel across the country at a moment’s notice, attend parties at late night hot spots for publicity, follow rigorous and demanding schedules, etc.

So, it comes as no surprise that sleep is not always their number one priority. In fact, prescription medication and insomnia have often been the culprits in a number of high-profile celebrity deaths — this paints a vivid picture of how dangerous sleep problems can be if not treated responsibly.

Theatre Actors are the Gladiators of the Acting World

But, did you know that the lives of theatre actors are even more hectic? This particular profession is not for the lazy and requires a lot of passion, dedication, and a number of other hardy traits. Some of these include:

  1. Tons of stamina: Theatre actors generally work for hours at a time, rather than minutes like screen actors.
  2. Discipline: This trait helps these hardworking artists to get through rehearsal and memorize long sections of movement and dialogue.

Also, during a performance theatre actors must handle a number of responsibilities simultaneously:

  • Project their voices in a large space without straining or sounding like they are yelling
  • Act with their whole body rather than just their faces
  • Somehow deliver the same performance day in and day out, always ensuring that the portrayal seems new every single time.
  • Deliver believable performances in front of a live audience – there are no second takes.

There are some theatre actors who love live shows as they provide instant feedback. Still, there are others who dread it because the presence of the audience is a constant reminder that they’re acting — something that can be distracting if you lack the discipline and focus needed to stay in the moment while audience members react, answer telephone calls, smoke, take pictures, etc.

Theatre Actors and Sleep

Even though all actors make a lot sacrifices, sleep seems to be the hardest hit. Theatre actors, in particular, have to get up early for their day jobs and stay up late to get the chance to follow their passion. They also have to squeeze in time to memorize lines and run errands. When you finally take a minute to see how much time all these activities take, it’s easy to see why many theatre actors don’t get the 7 hours needed for quality rest.

Tips to Help Actors Get Better Sleep

Most actors seem to be handling their hectic lives well but, the truth is, they aren’t immune to the sleep-related health problems that plague us. But when you consistently miss out on sleep, it can lead to a wide variety of serious health issues like heart problems, diabetes, obesity, and more.

Thankfully, there is some good news to be had — it’s relatively easy to start getting better sleep. Some general rules of thumb include:

  • Shut down all electronic devices an hour or so before it’s time to bed go to bed. The bright light from the screens can negatively impact influence the ability to fall sleep.
  • Bedrooms should be quiet, cool, and dark. Also, they should only be used for adult activities and sleep.
  • Don’t exercise or have coffee when it’s close to bedtime.
  • Investing in a good quality mattress is highly recommended as there is nothing worse than lying on lumpy bed.

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