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Entries in creativity (2)

Friday
May242013

Post and article roundup: Better sleep for grown-ups

Many of my articles and blog posts center on helping kids sleep well—but I often write about better sleep for adults, too. Here are eight blog posts and three of my national print articles to help grown-ups get their recommended daily intake of zzzzs.

How to be more creative without really trying

Baby steps to better sleep for the entire family

Rise and shine: The power of morning sun

Sleeping well when you're pregnant

Five energy boosters that aren't

Quick energy fixes for when sleep is scarce

Six sleep gadgets, from creepy to cool

Mommy's tired: Sleep tips for moms

National print articles:

Sleep Before You’re Dead Women’s Health Magazine January 2013

Better Bedroom, Better Sleep Costco Connection Magazine July 2011

Snacking to Snooze: Eating for Better Sleep in Pregnancy Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine November 2012

I’m a nationally published sleep expert, health journalist, and mom. My articles about sleep, health, and parenting appear regularly in over 80 national and regional magazines and on television. Can I help you? Subscribe to The Well Rested Family to have sleep news, tips, and tactics delivered to your inbox or feed reader by clicking here.

Need more sleep? My e-book Ready, Set, Sleep: 50 Ways to Help Your Child Sleep So You Can Sleep Too is chock-full of mom-tested solutions to help babies and toddlers start sleeping well, tonight!

My new e-book Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers & Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades is available now!

 

Monday
Nov212011

How To Be More Creative Without Really Trying

People who say they'll sleep when they're dead are sacrificing their ability to have good thoughts now.

--Jessica D. Payne, University of Notre Dame

Feeling a little dim? Trying hitting the sack.When we’re overwhelmed by life, sleep tends to be the first thing we sacrifice. Big work projects, family transitions, and other stressful life situations leave us too busy and too stressed to get a good night’s sleep. As it turns out, sleep is exactly what we need during those times—research from University of Notre Dame shows that sleep plays a vital role in creativity and problem-solving. So well-rested people can slam-dunk big projects, solve those vexing problems, and generally kick butt at life.

Just how does sleep help us to be more creative? Thanks to fresh research, we know that sleep is not the passive state it was once believed to be—during sleep, our brains our busy strengthening our memories, but that’s not all that’s happening. Our memories are also sorted and made more relevant, which allows us to organize and connect ideas in new ways.

Want to make your sleep even more productive? Other scientists are studying ways that we can actually problem-solve during sleep. This Psychology Today article explains how you can improve creativity and problem-solving by incubating thoughts in your subconscious mind—a tactic that can improve creative thinking by 39 percent.

So the next time you’re stuck or need a creative boost, try getting some sleep (even just a nap). Set the problem on your brain’s back burner for a few hours or a few days, and see what happens. You might be pleasantly surprised at your brain’s ability to do the heavy lifting while you’re not even looking.

What about you—are you more creative after a full night's sleep? Or are you more of a "sleep when you're dead" type?