In life, we encounter problems impossible to solve. Whether it's a game, a puzzle, or something personal, there are questions in life we prefer to forget. However, it's maybe true, no problem cannot be deciphered. Experts say, we just have to take a nap!
According to studies, sleep can help us in problem solving and creativity. Insight is the sudden realization of the problem solution. To come up with an insight, meaning getting closer to a solution, one should practice incubation.
Incubation means spending time away from a problem. Apparently, one form of incubation is sleep.
So, how a person can solve a problem by dozing off? It doesn't make sense, right?
Experts say that trying to solve a problem again and again, results in accumulation of failed attempts. This may draw the person farther from the right solution.
By sleeping, the person will forget the dead ends and false information. Thus, letting the person face the problem with a fresh mind.
In a study by Beijamini, Pereira, Cini, and Louzada
, participants were asked to play a video game. In difficult stages where the subjects can't move past, one group was given a chance to sleep for an hour, while the other remained awake.
The results showed, participants who had slept compared to those who stayed awake, were twice as likely to get past the hard stage!
Experts observed similar results in a study
involving a math problem. About 60% of the participants who slept discovered the hidden short cut of the puzzle, whereas only 23% of participants who kept awake solved the equation.
Sleeping may also improve or boost creativity in individuals. In a study
involving creative solutions, participants took a Remote Associates Test. Turned out, participants who did a 90-minute nap were successful in the test, compared to those who didn't sleep.
Experts say that a good amount of Rapid Eye Movement sleep (the sleep phase where dreaming occurs) helps in integrating previously encountered information in order to solve problems creatively.