Have you ever heard that sleep boosts creativity? It is true! 🌈 The majority of studies on sleep creativity have shown that sleep can increase insight and flexible reasoning, and there are many accounts from creative people about the creative function of dreams:
💭Robert Louis Stevenson came up with the plot of “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” during a dream.
💭Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was inspired by a dream.
💭Paul McCartney discovered the tune for the song “Yesterday” in a dream.
💭Jasper Johns was inspired to paint his first flag painting as a result of a dream.
💭Otto Loewi, a German physiologist, won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1936 for his work on the chemical transmission of nerve impulses. He discovered in a dream how to prove his theory.
But there is more – sleep also boosts our learning performance. That performance often improves after a time interval that includes sleep. Even famous sayings like” sleep on it” reflect the notion that reanalysed memories produce new creative associations in the morning.
Research has shown that even taking an afternoon nap increases learning capacity. 😊
So sleep as much as you need 🛌 and let your creativity emerge! Any experience with sleep and creativity? 💬