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Newton slept on it. The next day he came up with the formula for…

Posted by dorian on June 10, 2009

…the Law of Universal Gravitation:

If F is the force due to gravity, g the acceleration due to gravity, G the Universal Gravitational Constant (6.67×10-11 N.m2/kg2), m the mass and r the distance between two objects. Then

F = G m1 m2 / r2      ! ! !

okay, maybe that’s not how it happened. but on to our health post for the week. it’s about my dog mack’s favorite activity: sleeping.

Problems are solved by sleeping

Sleeping woman

Sleep is important for assimilating new information

Sleeping on a problem really can help solve it, say scientists who found a dreamy nap boosts creative powers.

They tested whether “incubating” a problem allowed a flash of insight, and found it did, especially when people entered a phase of sleep known as REM.

Volunteers who had entered REM or rapid eye movement sleep – when most dreams occur – were then better able to solve a new problem with lateral thinking.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has published the US work.

We propose that REM sleep is important for assimilating new information into past experience to create a richer network of associations for future use
The study authors

In the morning of the test day, 77 volunteers were given a series of creative problems to solve and were told to mull over the problem until the afternoon either by resting but staying awake or by taking a nap monitored by the scientists.

Compared with quiet rest and non-REM sleep, REM sleep increased the chances of success on the problem-solving task.

The study at the University of California San Diego showed that the volunteers who entered REM during sleep improved their creative problem solving ability by almost 40%.

The findings suggest it is not merely sleep itself, or the passage of time, that is important for the problem solving, but the quality of sleep.

Lead researcher Professor Sara Mednick said: “We found that, for creative problems you’ve already been working on, the passage of time is enough to find solutions.

“However for new problems, only REM sleep enhances creativity.”

The researchers believe REM sleep allows the brain to form new nerve connections without the interference of other thought pathways that occur when we are awake or in non-dream-state sleep.

“We propose that REM sleep is important for assimilating new information into past experience to create a richer network of associations for future use,” they told PNAS.

Dr Malcolm von Schantz of the Surrey Sleep Research Centre at the University of Surrey said: “Whatever the importance of the dreams themselves are, this paper confirms the importance of REM sleep, the sleep stage when most of our dreaming takes place.”

source: BBC NEWS


14 Responses to “Newton slept on it. The next day he came up with the formula for…”

  1. viktoryian said

    Oh, that is so true! Actually there is a proverb in Russia, which says smth like: “The morning is always wiser then the evening”. Works for me! 😉


  2. dorian9 said

    hello viktoryian, thanks for stopping by!
    i agree, the morning brings us new energy and fresh brain cells. especially if we get some good sleep the night before!

    i checked out your nice blog, http://viktoryian.wordpress.com/

    come again!


  3. ou sont les neiges d’antan?


  4. dorian9 said

    Je ne sais pas, betty. sleeping and assimilating new information peut-être?
    yesteryear’s snowfall at times prodigious. we just might be ‘blessed’ yet again.


  5. oh you’re good, you’re very good….


  6. Sashkka said

    Спасибо. Добавлено в закладки


  7. dorian9 said

    sashkka, добро пожаловать! прийти еще раз посетить.


  8. I think I am preferring the thaw: is that bad?


  9. dorian9 said

    notty, betty.


  10. queridia said

    There are individuals who do not experience normal sleep for long periods of time. The expection of not feeling well without 7 hours of ‘forgetfullness’ was the biggest handicap, quite often it wasn’t too difficult to do a normal days’ work. As I found out over a period of years. Everyone doesn’t dream the kind of colorful dreams many report, I’m one of them also.

    There are individuals who have written some amazing books about what they experienced while they were ‘asleep’, or their body was asleep. Robert Monroe is the modern equivalent of Emanuel Swedenborg, whose adventures ‘while yet in my bed’ wouldn’t begin to make sense to anyone that hadn’t already read Monroe’s scientifically studied out of body experiences. Joseph Chilton Pearce described an amazing adventure he had in a sacred place and that probably happened ‘all in his head’ but in a state that was visible, when normally it’s not visible to him. I can only hope to encourage those who are going through long periods of normal sleep deprivation, perhaps a deeper level of mind has become visible, and that may be part of normal life processes. In my opinion it’s necessary to become a scientist in one’s own life, like Robert Monroe was. Everyone is unique until to much generalization strips that wonderful quality away.

    I’ve been through apparent sleeplessness long enough to realize it was not as much deprivation as an opportunity to explore my own ‘consciousness’ and the effects of newer levels of thought brought closer to the surface. And as in my own situation ‘while sleep deprived’ I had a couple of episodes of being fully awake to what’s happening in my mind, while being completely asleep in bed. It was an important advancement towards knowing and understanding my own life. I hope this encourages others who are moving forwards into the processes of life that require some suffering as well as living through periods of prolonged uncertainty. Time is what forms a sense of living the real unique life, not the generalized version. I’m not slamming the generalized version though, unless it removes the uniqueness and importance of individual experiences. I wouldn’t be too concerned about being sleep deprived because a study reports this or that ‘fact’ about how importan REM sleep is.


  11. dorian9 said

    hello, queridia, thanks for stopping by and sharing some words of wisdom. i checked out your website http://pimoebius.com/ – lots of good reads so i’ll be sure to go back and assimilate all that new and interesting info.!

    will research robert monroe. check out our esoteric sister’s site, here’s an article you might find interesting: http://enkilleridos.wordpress.com/2009/05/04/the-mystery-of-the-american-stonehenge-the-georgia-guidestones/


  12. iflay said

    ¡viva la siesta!

    just ask Antonio Gaudí and Salvador Dalí!


  13. princessxxx said



  14. sarsen56 said

    It works for me, the sleeping bit that is.


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