Water and Sleep
as we get toward the end of our course, I want to take some time to discuss vocal health since your voice is now an important part of your business and monthly income, we want to make sure it lasts for a long time and that if or when you get sick, you know what to do to take the best care of your voice and your business. If we had to pick only two things that would have the most positive impact on your vocal health, they would be water and sleep and I remember this by using the rule of 88 glasses of water a day and eight hours of sleep each night and together these will have a massive impact on the health of your voice. Water is important because it makes up between and 70% of your body, making it the major component of most body parts and it helps with a lot of important functions like cell production helps deliver oxygen to the body and lubricates joints. It also lubricates the voice. Why is lubrication in the voice important because the voice works by vibrating and if the vocal cor...
ds get sticky, they no longer vibrate, They rub against each other and become irritated. Maybe you've noticed when you have a cold for example and are spitting up thick junk that the voice doesn't seem to work as well. Being dehydrated can cause this same effect on the voice and it becomes very noticeable when we do a lot of speaking. So anyone in a vocal industry teachers ministers, singers and of course voiceover artists need to stay well hydrated. This can also mean avoiding or at least being cautious of drinking fluids that can dehydrate us not all drinks are good and fuel the voice as well as water for example, caffeine and alcohol. Now am I saying that in order to be a voiceover artist you have to stop drinking your morning coffee? No, not at all. In fact I still enjoy a cup of coffee with breakfast. But you might find that drinking multiple cups of coffee and then switching to soda May start to tire your voice, so be sure to balance your day with a good intake of water. And what about sleep? Who really has time to sleep? eight hours? Anyone with kids is laughing right now and I certainly understand. So again, I am not suggesting that if you can't sleep eight hours you should skip voiceover. But we do want the voice and mind to be well rested. The voice will last longer and be stronger and reading out loud requires a great deal of energy and concentration. I can tell you from experience that when I am foggy in the studio I spend a lot more time editing my mistakes. So being well rested will save you time and frustration when it comes to your recording sessions. Sleeping well will improve your cold reads Help the voice bounce back. In fact most light vocal fatigue should recover within 24 hours days on end of vocal fatigue will discuss in a future lesson, keeps you durable and coachable. I don't know about you but I get cranky when I am tired now. If you have the ability to do so. Years ago, a friend of mine suggested I try a sleep experiment to see how tired I was and what my body wanted for a regular night of sleep. He suggested I see how many nights I can go without setting an alarm. Just let the body rest. What shocked me is that I slept almost 10 hours a night. For a couple of nights. I was really exhausted and didn't even know it. But then an amazing thing happened. I started waking up at 8 to 8.5 hours without an alarm and feeling great, letting my body balance out. My sleep schedule has helped my voice stay healthy and strong and definitely helps my mind stay focused on my scripts. So there you have it. You don't need to be a fitness nut or even a vocal expert to keep the voice healthy in the studio. Your two biggest friends for long term vocal health, our water and sleep in the next lesson. We'll discuss recording when you're sick and when you want to consider visiting an E. N. T.