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Artists Insomina – How to deal with it as an Art Student

Every great artist seems to suffer with an illness, even if it’s something small but the most common ones are depression, anxiety, socially awkward personas, and even insomnia.

In this post we will be discussing the latter.

Art is a great tool to deal with all of these things, and sometimes even the best pieces come from them. There is even an artist who is inspired by their insomnia, Insomnia Arts, there isn’t a lot there but it should start filling up soon, and so we’re going to keep our eye on it. There are also groups for insomnia artists on DeviantART itself that are filled with a lot of artists, and artworks.


For those who don’t know the definition of insomnia is the inability to stay, or even fall asleep. For some, they can go nights without sleep. Others use that time where they are unable to sleep, and put it towards something productive. One of my personal favorites, actually admitted to suffering from Insomnia at one point. You can see his work here, and a video below shows a bit about him and the amazing works that come from his mind.

But how do you deal with this as a student, let alone an art student? I’ll tell you below.

I’ve created a bulleted list on what you can do to deal with the insomnia, without medication. (Also a list of medications can be found on WebMD, and by talking to your doctor.) Personally, I don’t want to list the medications because I think that you should at least try to do things without it, then if they don’t work you can resort to medication but that’s only a personal opinion. Everyone deals with this in there own way, and in no way do I claim to be an expert on the disorder. These are just my personal tips:

  • Drink Lavender Tea before bed
  • Meditate/Relax *
  • Yoga/Meditation*

*Obviously those can be placed together but some people think of them as separate things.

Honestly, drawing does many different things. Sometimes it can stress you, relax you. Especially to the point where you’re so relaxed and stressed you end up falling asleep, or is that just me? Yeah, okay. It might just be me, and some of these things actually do work for me!

I remember when I was meditating during yoga practice I ACTUALLY FELL ASLEEP!!  So try it, and let us know if these simple tips helped you out!




I'm a Connecticut Based Freelance Artist, who dabbles in Digital Media with a strong suit in Traditional Pen and Ink stylized drawings. You can find more of my work on

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