Thomas Edison's Top Ten Invention
Power Napping for Creative Gems, Inspiration and Invention!
Thomas Edison's 2nd Secret Million Dollar Invention
2. Power Napping for Creative Gems, Inspiration and
Thomas Edison was a man in a hurry. There was
too much to do and discover in the world to be shilly-shallying around wasting time in bed! He confined himself to
3 to 5 hours of sleep a day (see boxed quote below) sometimes snatched on his workshop table. But he kept a secret
weapon that made his sleep highly potent for invention and creative mind prospecting.
THEY DO WHAT THEY LIKE TO DO ....dated 1921
"People will not only do what they like
to do--they overdo it 100 per cent. Most people overeat 100 per cent, and oversleep 100 per
cent, because they like it. That extra 100 per cent makes them unhealthy and inefficient. The
person who sleeps eight or ten hours a night is never fully asleep and never fully
awake--they have only different degrees of doze through the twenty-four hours. Most people
seem to think they must eat until they are no longer hungry. Most of their energies are taken
up in digesting what they eat. I see what people eat and for myself half as much is
For myself I never found need of more
than four or five hours' sleep in the twenty-four. I never dream. It's real sleep. When by
chance I have taken more I wake dull and indolent. We are always hearing people talk about
"loss of sleep" as a calamity. They better call it loss of time, vitality and opportunities.
Just to satisfy my curiosity I have gone through files of the British Medical Journal and
could not find a single case reported of anybody being hurt by loss of sleep. Insomnia is
different entirely--but some people think they have insomnia if they can sleep only ten hours
~ From the notes & journals of
Thomas Alva Edison
Other luminaries such as Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Lyndon Johnson and
Ronald Reagan have shared that secret weapon. And it is called Power
Now while you can 'get by' on 4 or 5 hours sleep a night, new research by Dr.
James B. Maas, author of the book "Power Sleep", shows
that's not enough for peak health. You need to compensate in other ways. As much as anything, Edison delighted
in the popular image of being a heroic tireless inventor who proclaimed sleep "a heritage from our cave man
days." But really he needed to nap in the day to keep his brain functioning well. It's said that he could sleep
at the drop of a hat and was once discovered asleep in a cupboard!
So Edison used power napping to catch up on much-needed rest and to give his
phenomenal brain a break from conscious effort, allowing his unconscious processes to do the genius thinking for
him. Let's see how that worked...
During his day, Edison would take time out by himself and relax in a chair or on a
sofa. Invariably he would be working on a new invention and seeking creative solutions to the problem he was
dealing with. He knew that if her could get into that "twilight state" between being awake and being asleep, he
could access the pure creative genius of his subconscious mind.
To prevent himself from crossing all the way over the "genius gap" into deep
sleep, he would nap with his hand propped up on his elbow while he clutched a handful of ball-bearings. Then he
would just drift off to sleep, knowing that his subconscious mind would take up the challenge of his problem and
provide a solution. As soon as he went into too deep a sleep, his hand would drop and the ball-bearings would spill
noisily on the floor, waking him up again. He'd then write down whatever was in his mind.
Nap Time Ain't Just For
During the afternoon our energy levels drop and we
can find it hard to concentrate. Doctors now agree that a short nap during this 'low
energy' time can be more beneficial than an extra hour’s sleep at night. Recognising
that productivity levels can be increased, some companies now actively encourage their employees to
take a ‘PowerNap’.
According to research by the Loughborough Sleep
Research Centre, humans function best when they sleep twice a day: the main
one at night and the second in the afternoon. Their research shows that short naps can
improve stamina and concentration."
~ Excerpted from http://www.pzizz.com/explore/6i.html
It doesn't take long to train yourself to power nap. If you are only getting 4 or
5 hours of sleep a night, twenty minutes napping can recharge your brain and give you a real mental, emotional and
physical lift, so that you can perform at your peak again.
When looking for creative answers to problems or new ideas for songs, paintings,
poems, novels or inventions, do what your grandmother always recommended and "sleep on it". Let your subconscious
mind go to work for you while you sleep.
Power napping is a great way of catching up on lost sleep. But 8 hours a day is
still recommended for peak health and well-being. Edison was so driven by his commitment to be productive, that he
would not allow himself to sleep more than a few short hours a night. That doesn't necessarily make it the ideal
lifestyle for everyone. Albert Einstein admitted that he needed at least 10 hours sleep a night to perform at his
I personally find that 4 or 5 hours sleep a night goes by like a blip. I don't
remember my dreams as easily. It's easy to get grouchy later in the day. When I sleep for 7 - 8 hours, my sleep
seems leisurely and full of the magic of dreams, and I wake up happy.
What about you?
ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH
"If you're getting less than eight hours of sleep
each night, including weekends, or if you fall asleep instantly, or need an alarm clock to wake up,
consider yourself one of millions of chronically sleep-deprived people--perhaps blissfully ignorant
of how sleepy and ineffective you are, or how dynamic you could be with adequate sleep.
The sleeping brain is highly active at various times
during the night, performing numerous physiological, neurological, and biochemical
housekeeping tasks. These are essential for everything
from maintaining life itself to reorganizing and enhancing thinking and
memory. This enables us to remember the past, organize the present, and anticipate the
~ From "Power Sleep" by Dr. James B. Maas
Modern life is a mean old bitch sometimes and we don't get the chance to sleep as
much as we would like. It's important to try and give yourself "top-up" times when you catch up on sleep. Either
schedule earlier nights on weekends or use the power nap technique to get your rest. You'll live longer and smarter
if you get the sleep you need.
And sleep is a great way to access your creativity, isn't that right Mr
Yourself An Idea Quota and Become Immensely Productive!
http://members.aol.com/ELECTRPOW1/POWER1.HTM - Edison in his own
Power Sleep - The Revolutionary Program that Prepares Your Mind for Peak
By DR. JAMES B. MAAS.
Read Chapter One at: http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/m/maas-sleep.html
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