Get creative in your sleep
WE ALL know sleep is of vital importance to our health, but did you know that your slumber can also be a rich source of ideas?
The meditation and sleep app, Calm, commissioned a poll to find the American and British public’s favourite idea that came to someone in their sleep. Top of the list was Einstein’s theory of relativity, which supposedly grew out of a dream in which he saw a field of cows leap into the air at the same time after walking into an electric fence. In the dream, he and a farmer who was in the field disagreed on what they’d seen. This led Einstein to ponder on how different people experienced time and space in different ways, and the idea of relativity was born. Now Calm have come up with ways to help us capture those creative ideas.
KEEP A RECORD
Have a notebook to hand, by your bed, as it’s often hard to recall a dream later in the day. Get into the habit of writing down your dreams as soon as you open your eyes, before you’re fully conscious. This will get easier the more you do it.
ASK FOR ANSWERS
When you’re settling down to sleep, ask your subconscious mind for answers and solutions to questions and dilemmas that are flummoxing you. Meditating before bed while pondering your question can help.
Wake yourself up in the middle of a dream so you can capture any pearls of wisdom. This is something that surrealist painter Salvador Dali would do by dozing in a chair with a key in his hand.
When he dropped off, the key would fall onto a plate below, jolting him awake.
Some of our most brilliant ideas come to us through dreams