Something to Sleep On

A new study finds that sleep is essential for creativity:

For the first time, scientists say they have proved what creative minds have known all along: that our sleeping brains continue working on problems that baffle us during the day, and that the right answer may come more easily after eight hours of rest.

The German study is considered to be the first hard evidence supporting the commonsense notion that creativity and problem-solving appear to be directly linked to adequate sleep.

I read this article, and intially was intrigued. Then I started thinking about the absurdity of this study. Do we really need “hard evidence” to tell us that people who do not sleep do not think well? The longest I’ve even been continually awake is 54 hours. At that point, I couldn’t think of anything. Perhaps I’ll do a study on the “commonsense notion” that people with sleep problems have fewer dreams…