Why sleep powers innovation

May 12, 2016

Innovation Factory

The story starts with a vision in the middle of the night, in the 90s. A 22-year-old graduate student at Stanford imagined he ‘managed to download the entire Web and just keep the links’. When Larry Page woke up, he started working on what would be Google’s algorithm, later becoming the company’s co-founder and chief executive officer.

In a curious news article on Businessinsider.com, Rachel Gillett also recalls Arianna Huffington’s manifesto, The Sleep Revolution, and some major breakthroughs that came about during sleep, such as the periodic table of elements or the structure of molecules.

Specialists explain that sleep allows brain neurons to reorganise themselves, creating new patterns, connections and solutions. More specifically, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep works as an incubation period, fostering creative thinking and bringing new light to problems.

Want to know how to make the most of your sleep power? Check out Huffington’s suggestions in the full article.

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