Boost your creativity

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by Professor Colin Espie

Have you ever woken up with the solution to a problem that seemed impossible the night before?

You're not alone, because some of the most creative ideas came to people in their sleep:

• Paul McCartney dreamed the entire melody to Yesterday.

• The periodic table came to chemist Dmitry Mendeleyev during a nap.

• Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus changed his swing after dreaming of a different grip.

Scientific studies have confirmed that sleep can inspire creative insight. And dream-inducing REM can help you find hidden links between ideas – a process essential to creative problem solving.

So next time you can't sleep because your mind won't let go of a problem, remember that once you nod off, your unconscious brain might solve it for you.