Ever wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea? Or, perhaps when you awake in the morning, you have a new insight to a nagging problem.
Well, neither of those would surprise a sleep researcher for it is now well established that your brain does not shut down just because you nod off. In fact, some believe that the brain is really doing some cool stuff when you are fast asleep.
There is a group of brain scientists who believe that during sleep the brain is not only storing the memories of the day's events but also attempting to make connections between your stored information and your immediate needs - in other words, solve problems that may have preoccupied you during the day.
Studies of REM (rapid eye movement) have proven that our brain cells are definitely firing during sleep. While tomorrow I am going to tell you about a fascinating study that establishes the brain's creative activities during the night, let me give you the headline today … a quote from the study's senior author:
"There is evidence, in fact, that REM is this creative memory domain when you build different associations, combine things in different ways, and so on."
The good news is that a good night's sleep can be much more than just a time of rest. As you will learn in future blog posts, a good sleep (and even a nap) can be a very valuable tool in building on the creative process.
Jim Randel is the founder and author of The Skinny On book series, condensed explanations of important life skills. One of his books is The Skinny on Creativity.
Randel's books are currently best sellers in China - three of his e-books in the top 100 best- selling e-books in China.