A California dream researcher has proven something that wouldn’t surprise Mozart or Keith Richards. It’s that dreaming is a great way to solve creative problems.
Dr. Sara Mednick, a sleep psychologist at the University of California, San Diego, found that subjects who, between morning and afternoon word-game sessions, took a nap that included a period of lively dreaming called REM sleep, improved their later scores by 40%.
Scores for those who merely rested or whose naps included no REM sleep didn’t budge. REM sleep is the most conked-out stage of slumber, named after the rapid eye movement that characterizes it.
The idea that dreams have creative utility isn’t new. Richards, for one, has said that he dreamed the riff that underlies the Rolling Stones song “Satisfaction,” and Mozart claimed some of his music came to him in dreams.
For those of us who have hit our extremely busy summer season – there are many opportunities – not to sleep. We need to pace ourselves better and get the rest our bodies so desperately need. In order to be really effective with creative scripting on the spot and inventive ideas to make some difficult contracts fly like the wind – we need to rest. True rest, where we dream. Dreaming of fishing, Para- sailing, the hogger of a life time – the dream doesn’t matter as much as the fact that you are dreaming. Real estate agents need to be creative. As a Real Estate Broker/Staging Specialist, I am constantly tapping into my artistic side.
I started to just get so worn out that I spent all day tired. This morning I slept in a half an hour longer. I am not an early morning person and I had attempted to make myself into one out of necessity. The problem was, I was still keeping my midnight hours as well. All work, no play – no good.
Ahhhh California Dreaming is – a good thing.