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.

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