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Edison was right: Waking up right after drifting off to sleep can boost creativity

Edison was right: Waking up right after drifting off to sleep can boost creativity

The state between wakefulness and sleep is a sweet spot for problem-solving When Thomas Edison hit a wall with his inventions, he would nap in an armchair while holding a steel ball. As he started to fall asleep and his muscles relaxed, the ball would strike the floor, waking him with insights into his problems. Or so the story goes. Now, more than 100 years later, scientists have repeated the trick in a lab, revealing that the famous inventor was on to something. People following his recipe tripled their chances of solving a...

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