Have you ever come up with a great, creative idea in a dream or felt inspired to write or make something as soon as you wake up? Do you find that you are at your most creative when you are well rested? If so, you’re not alone.
In fact, there are several research-based studies that show just how and why sleep makes us more creative and how you could boost your creativity during the day by just catching a few more Zs at night or learning how to harness the power of your sleep. Here are 5 ways in which sleep makes you more creative.
#1 Sleep Inspires New Ideas
One of the many reasons that sleep can inspire new ideas and boost creativity lies in the science of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity means just what it sounds like and is related to the plastic, or ever-changing ability of our brain to learn new things.
With neuroplasticity, our brains can form new synaptic connections in response to external stimuli to make us more adaptable, smarter and even more creative.
Oddly enough, neuroplasticity isn’t necessarily at its peak in the middle of the day, or when we are at our most alert.
This is when our brain is producing high levels of beta brain waves, which are responsible for getting things done and completing tasks.