Edison's secret powernap technique boosts creativity
Mind Sleep Powernap

Edison's secret powernap technique boosts creativity

Dr. Kiran McCloskey
Dr. Kiran McCloskey

In 10 seconds? Famous thinkers and creatives such as Thomas Edison and Salvador Dali have historically recommended straddling the cusp of sleep and wakefulness to inspire creativity – and now, sleep research supports their technique.

What does the research say? In a 2021 study, researchers used a light sleep technique described by Thomas Edison and Salvador Dali and showed that people who stayed in a very light stage of sleep were more successful at creatively solving a problem than those who stayed awake or slipped into a deeper stage of sleep.

Get unlimited access to our 3-min Digests and other premium features

Choose your plan:

Personal

$99/year

✅ Includes 7-day free trial for new users
✅ Weekly Recap
✅ Daily newsletter
✅ Access 4 topic areas of your choosing
✅ Access all citations and resources
✅ Gain background knowledge with a Quick Dive
✅ The Sparrow Sessions Podcast
✅ No ads
❌ Direct access to the Expert Network
❌ Your questions - answered by an Expert Scientist
❌ 12 hours of consultations with our fabulous experts per year (that’s 1 hour per month!)
❌ Access to all topic areas as we scale the Content Library

We'll send you a reminder email 3 days before your trial ends.

Start my free trial

Professional

$3499/year

✅ Includes 7-day free trial for new users
✅ Weekly Recap
✅ Daily newsletter
✅ Access all citations and resources
✅ Gain background knowledge with a Quick Dive
✅ The Sparrow Sessions Podcast
✅ No ads
✅ Direct access to the Expert Network
✅ Your questions - answered by an Expert Scientist
✅ 12 hours of consultations with our fabulous experts per year (that’s 1 hour per month!)
✅ Access to all topic areas as we scale the Content Library

We'll send you a reminder email 3 days before your trial ends.

Start my free trial