Health Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep—Spur Your Creativity
Everyone has experienced times when their brain was in overdrive—thinking up various creative ideas, methods, and revelations—and then times when their mind seemed to be against them, time when is was difficult to think of out-of-the-box ideas.
What is the secret behind those moments of pure creativity? Diet? Yoga? Meditation? Actually, there is a simpler explanation—sleep. Quite simply put, the healthier one sleeps, the more creative he or she can become—provided they possess a little bit of innate creativity!
So get a good night’s sleep before pulling out your pen and paper or your paintbrush. But is a good night’s sleep all that’s needed to spur your creativity? And what is the definition of good night’s sleep?
Sleeping for at least eight hours a night, waking up refreshed and without any body pain, having no ambient noise, and sleeping on a comfortable but supportive mattress all form a part of a good night’s sleep. Furthermore, your pre-sleep state of mind and what you eat or drink before hitting the cot matter. A proper sleep has you wake up fresh and feeling rejuvenated.
A good night’s sleep improves creativity by consolidating memories, or rather, making them stronger. During sleep, the brain reorganizes memories and restructures them, settling them into long-term memory segments, which leaves the short-term memory and processing center of the brain free for boosting creativity.
When you sleep less at night, your mind is unable to refresh itself, unable to store away memories created the previous day. The consequence of this is an overworked brain that has little space left to process creativity and improvise quicker.
According to Harvard University researchers, people undergo a strengthening of their emotional components during sleep that helps boost creativity. Boston College found that, after a good sleep, people feel happier and are able to get their creative juices flowing. Even the average Joe can experience the on-the-spur creativity required by artists, writers, and photographers after getting a good night’s sleep.
So if you want to work on your bestselling novel or create the next artistic masterpiece, start by getting a good night’s sleep.
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