Get cre­ative in your sleep

Spirit and Destiny - - Mind, Body & Spirit -

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.


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.


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

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