Oct 30, 2019
A happy tune is THE secret to unmasking solutions to your dilemmas as you get some ZZZs. This remarkable discovery comes to us from Northwestern University psychologists.
Investigators tested 57 subjects presenting them with tricky puzzles the evening before sleep. Each puzzle was accompanied by a unique sound. Then, as they slept, they heard the unique sounds of half the brain teasers. The next morning, the participants were able to solve those puzzles whose sounds they heard while sleeping some 55% more efficiently.
If you have an nagging issue, try associating a tune with it. Then play the song at low levels as you sleep. You might just wake up with a brighter idea.
Kristin E. G. Sanders, Samuel Osburn, Ken A. Paller, etal. Targeted Memory Reactivation During Sleep Improves Next-Day Problem Solving. Psychological Science, 10/19; https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797619873344
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