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Can Sleep Boost Your Creativity?

Can Sleep Boost Your Creativity?

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Can Sleep Boost Your Creativity?

Can Sleep Boost Your Creativity?

In art, literature, or science, it’s an elusive question: how do you create something new? How do you get past a block or solve a seemingly impossible problem? Well, putting it aside and sleeping on it just might help.

Numerous studies show that having a snooze can promote creative problem-solving. But now scientists are starting to uncover why sleep may make you more creative. It is the combination of non-REM (NREM) and REM sleep that allows the brain to detect commonalities between what may appear to be dissimilar concepts and present us with the keys to solving the problems on our minds.

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The Stages Of Sleep

The Stages Of Sleep

As you begin to nod off, your brain enters into four stages of sleep: the first three are NREM, and the final one is REM sleep. During NREM, or slow wave sleep, your brain replays memories. New information is initially channeled to the hippocampus, a small region located deep within the brain that is shaped like a seahorse. Importantly, the hippocampus organizes and prioritizes the incoming information.

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REM Sleep

REM Sleep

In adults, REM sleep is a short phase that makes up only about 20 percent of the total amount of time spent in slumber. 

During REM sleep, the brain is not only in a state of heightened activity, it is also no longer governed by the regions that control logic and inhibit impulses. Unconstrained by reality, fragments are loosened from their original context and recombined in strange, exhilarating, and sometimes frightening ways. It is all very vivid and emotionally intense, as the unbelievable becomes believable.

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Do Dreams Serve A Purpose?

Do Dreams Serve A Purpose?

In spite of their potent emotional force, dreams are merely the result of the random firing of neurons. It is only after we wake that the brain, seeking order, weaves the pieces together in search of some significance.

Dreaming of recent experience reflects the reactivation and consolidation of memory in the sleeping brain.

The purpose of dreaming is to determine what new information is useful and to help the brain make predictions about the future.

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