Why Good Sleep Helps You Become a Better Innovator?

  • Being up earlier and having more waking hours in the day does not mean that we have more quality hours, if that is what you are thinking as an innovator.
  • There are numerous reasons why people need to be getting eight hours of sleep a night, especially some of them are quite relevant for innovators and team leaders.
  • Sleeping enriches a diversity of functions related to learning, memory, creativity, decision making, and emotional regulation, i.e., improving how brain functions.
  • Sadly, two-thirds of adults throughout all developed nations fail to obtain the recommended eight hours of nightly sleep, and most of them do nothing to change this.
  • There are two types of sleep: 1 — NREM (non-rapid eye movement), and 2 — REM (rapid eye movement) aka ‘dream sleep’.
  • NREM supports the storage and strengthening of new facts and skills.
  • REM sleep connects those facts and skills with each other, helping us to develop a more accurate model of how the world works and become more innovative and creative.
  • Nnovation and creativity, after all, is a byproduct of associational thinking, where not only do ideas come when you are awake, but more often the are seeded while you are asleep.
  • All the dots you’re collecting through books, podcasts, blogs, conversations, lectures,etc. may go to waste if you don’t get enough NREM sleep (memory) or REM sleep (associational thinking)
  • REM sleep predominantly occurs during the latter portion of an eight-hour slumber. If you only get six hours of sleep a night, then you miss out on 60–90% of your REM sleep.
  • It is early night sleep rich in deep NREM sleep that provides superior memory retention savings relative to late night REM-rich sleep.
  • Even daytime naps as short as 20 minutes (hello Edison) can offer a memory consolidation advantage so long as they contain enough NREM sleep.
  • If you can think of any other reasons why adequate sleep promotes better innovation, please feel free to add to this list.

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