Letting Your Mind Wander

Friday, February 18, 2011 / NewsMax Health

Until quite recently, neuroscientists believed that our brains function on a very low level when we are daydreaming or sleeping. A number of new studies show just the opposite.

When we daydream or sleep, special parts of our brain are working intensely on a number of thoughts, and it may be that our most creative period is during sleep or when our minds wander.

You would think that the brain is most active when engaged in conscious thought or struggling with some task. Actually, the brain burns the most energy when we are starting to doze or letting our minds wander. Neuroscientists call this the default mode of the brain.

Interviews with some of the world’s most creative thinkers found that most of their best creative ideas came unconsciously.

One physicist stated that the solution to a problem that had baffled generations of physicists came to him as he stepped off a bus, not even thinking about the riddle. Others report that such baffling creative thoughts came upon waking up from a night’s sleep or even in a dream. See my report "Good Sleep: Stop Insomnia, Reduce Stress, Boost Your Total Health" for more information.

Most creative people stated that they had no idea where their ideas came from; they seemed to come unconsciously. It is as if there is a separate mind in our brains that works silently to solve problems, yet it never openly speaks to us.

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