What did Thomas Edison and Salvador Daly have in common? In addition to their great contributions to the community, the two also shared a soft spot for a unique sleeping technique.
Convincing about the effect on creativity that good sleep can, both will use sleep to stimulate ideas. They would fall asleep holding something. When they start to fall asleep, things will fall to the ground, wake them up and allow them to remember their sleep-induced thoughts.
So, the big question is: can a short dream fill you with creativity or does it just work for world famous scientists and artists? The 2021 study answered the question, supporting the link between sleep and creativity.
In this study, a team of two survey researchers from the institute tested 103 participants on their ability to complete a task. This challenge (known as the number reduction task) has a hidden shortcut that allows bidders to complete it quickly.
Only 16 percent of the groups were able to find a shortcut to the job at first and then were fired. The rest of the group was then sent to a dark room for a 20-minute break to close their eyes.
The purpose of these conditions was to send people to sleep. Because the researchers wanted to target the early stages of sleep (the best point for creativity), they followed Edison and Daley techniques, giving participants a glass of water.
At the end of the break, participants were asked to work on similar tasks. Six percent of participants who woke up in the early stages of sleep found the secret rule while only 5 percent remained awake.
This result is particularly surprising because the group that slept, on average, only slept for one minute. However, this growth in creativity is lost for those who sleep too long and enter another phase of sleep.
“We don’t really understand why it promotes creativity. The first stage of sleep is a hybrid state between waking and sleep that potentially provides the best of the two worlds for creativity. It’s a rich, unpredictable, dream-like experience.” Related to (called hypnagogia) which may be what causes the generation of ideas. ” Says Dolphin O’Dwyer, author of the study.
Not only is it a very short dream to improve your creative thinking, but following Edison’s drop-down item is actually a great way to do it. This prevents you from sleeping too long and loses its effect.
“When people have a problem that they have trouble solving, or when they need creative inspiration, they can try to do a ‘creative micro-nap’ using the Edison technique.”
“To do this, they must lie down, close their eyes, in the armchair while holding an object in their hand; the hand must be out of the arm to bring that object down.” Oudiette says.
It is worth noting that the technique of dropping items does not always work. Researchers will occasionally testify to participants dropping a cup before the first stage of sleep, warning them before they are completely asleep.