How Sleep Deprivation Is Affecting Musicians



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"Sleep Deprivation, a factor more likely to affect musicians as they tend to extend studio sessions, working all night in the studio. Sleep deprivation is considered as a barricade blocking movement or advancement through a series of events."

"ALL-NIGHTERS", I heard this numerous times in my favorite music genre, rap and it got me wondering how these artists work. When they say "All-nighters" in rap it simply means - artists tend to stay up all night working, producing more tracks. Well, we got a lot of scary things to talk about this type of working time table.

The Hip-hop / Rap industry turned out to be the most outstanding genre in the world, revealing how hardworking rap artists are, as they tend to get more and more popular the same as pop artists which is impressive and fantastic. We carried out a study and we ascertained that most of these artists call themselves "ALL-NIGHTERS" as I mentioned before , meaning that their work session / sessions can last throughout the whole night. We are going to discuss the effects of sleep deprivation in music, how it can alter your music career and livelihood.

You can be a hardworking affluent individual but don't ever spend your nights awake, trying to progress more in your work, its harmful to your health , as a matter of fact it deteriorate your progression. What most people probably know or expect as the aftermath of sleep deprivation is feeling lethargic, sleep or dozy butll according to reports from certified physicians , sleep deprivation incite catastrophic situations and other arising health problems you unaware of.

Sleep deprivation - The condition of forcibly (by someone else, or by a sleep disorder) being kept awake, to the point of noticeably lower alertness. People exposed to time-taking busy jobs are prone to sleep deprivation and we are going to give one example of a time taking job and how it create a path to sleep deprivation , being a rapper . Say no to all-night studio sessions they are harmful to your health.

We had to listen to more than 20 different rap albums for us to discover how rappers work or handle their time in studios. In course of this study , we came across numerous songs were artists were talking about spending their nights awake , working in the studio. Do they realize that it negatively impact their progression?. It might reveal how hardworking you are but it negatively affect you. Getting enough sleep equips your mind and body to be more effective in whatever field you are working in. We are going to discuss in depth on how lack of sleep can affect these artist's health, lifestyle and their circadian rhythm, if they tend to overstay in studios.

Circadian rhythm - The internal-body-clock that regulates the (roughly) 24-hour cycle of biological processes in animals and plants. Circadian rhythm is responsible for the coordinates of sleeping, digestion processes, hunger, working time, waking time e.t.c, throughout the day and night. If this clock is interrupted numerous effects we are going to discuss below, will affect you.

Effects of sleep deprivation and its alterations in ones music career.

Depression and Anxiety

I bet we all have seen a lot of rappers talking about depression and anxiety a lot, leading people to come up with their own different theories and explanations. Discomforting or distressing situations are not the only factors to blame for depression and anxiety affecting most of the rappers. No matter how cloyingly you forcibly stay up, there is no way to evade the fact that sleep deprivation enhances depression. As most of these stars tend to overstay in studios, extending their sessions, they're obliviously altering their livelihoods. Anxiety and depression, listed as common symptoms of sleep deprivation together with changes in mood and behavior. Sleepless nights enhances a lowered perception of quality of life which is likely to create a lane leading to depression.

Drug Overdose , the aftermath of Depression and Anxiety

You might be wondering how far true this fact is, well this is 100 percent true, as we mentioned earlier , depression / anxiety is not only caused by distressing situation but it is also an outcome of sleep deprivation. The next thing artists do when they are depressed nowadays is to overdose drugs. Many rappers died from drug overdose, the aftermath of depression is drug abuse.

Unmotivated due insomnia

Don't brag about having a 3 hour sleep to your colleagues or fans , trying to prove how hardworking you are, you will turn into an insomniac. According to physicians it was reported that Insomniacs are hard to motivate. All-nighters artists transform into insomniacs. To provide your artist with an incentive during sessions is crucial, this keep the positive spirit on. An artist without impetus to strive or excel is or might be insomniac. It will be a hard task to motivate him / her, thus being less affective to his / her work.

Temperamental or Moodiness

Being short-tempered, described as natural according to many people, later discovered to be a rumor that people forcibly turned into a fact . Well on the other side, according to most physicians, sleep deprived people mostly tend to be short-tempered. How does this negatively affect someone's music career?, short tempered artists are geeks in creating chaos and mayhem, thus breaking chemistry between other important figures and it lead to a sharp sudden decline of loyal fan base as they react this barbaric behavior. Kanye West is one of the artists believed to be suffering from sleep deprivation, who frequently changes his mind or mood suddenly.

Difficulties in concentrating

Sleep deprivation causes Impaired studio or show performance, as sleep deprived people tend to react slow, thus the situation leading to loss of concentration. This force artists to make average-rated projects thus creating a room for criticisms by music analysts and experts. Progression is likely to be affected more as there will be a loss of concentration.


A lack of coordination or elegance is due to lack of sleep mostly. Poor planning or lacking tact is a situation not to be entertained in someone's music career otherwise it might be his / her downfall. Assuming that you are an artist, say no to all-night sessions or this might be you very soon, being a klutz.

Facing Difficulties in Learning New Concepts

Its not all about keeping the same culture and concepts but its about how to implement it in different ways according to the current generation. New concepts are crucial. Using old tactic or approach in tackling music business might lead to the decline of audience / consumers, since most of them move and adapt according to new concepts, unless the old tactic is psychologically implemented. Lack of sleep makes you resist a change or facing difficulties in learning new concepts.

Increased Forgetfulness level

There is a point when artists tend to forget their lyrics whenever they are about to get on stage, what an embarrassing moment . This is due to lack of sleep mostly. The only way to freshen up your mind and preparing it for new information is to get enough time to rest.

Reduced tendency of thinking positively

As an artist, focusing on thoughts of success, as a strategy for achievement is a crucial thing to believe in. Sleep deprivation reduces your positive thinking. Being negatively minded is a pathway that leads to chaos, thus affecting your music career negatively.


In course of creating new music tunes or flow , dejecting situations brings stagnation in your career, pushing you to perform at your lowest level. Sleep deprived people are always discomforted. Same applies to the all-night studio sessions and this might lead to mental or bodily  distress.

Increased body weight

As an artist, you should keep your body in good shape as an added flavor in the path of impressing fans. Even though a lot of people are engaged in exercising , sleep deprivation is responsible for an increased body weight or obesity. Sleep deprivation causes the release of insulin, which leads to an increased fat storage.


Yes its a fact that a sleep deprived people are more prone to death just the same way as drug overdoers. Proper working timetable should be made to dodge this and for effectiveness seek. According to reports sleep deprivation kill humans faster than starvation, as circadian rhythm is affected.

Possible Solutions

This might be a way to promote hip hop or rap artists so that they can perform at their highest level. Side effects caused by sleep deprivation can be easily reversed depending on your sleep deprivation time frame.

8-10 hours of sleep

Artists are encouraged to follow the "8-10 hours of sleep" routine to escape sleep deprivation. They better work all day and reserve their night time for sleeping.


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