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Power Napping for Creative Gems, Inspiration and Invention!

Thomas Edison's 2nd Secret Million Dollar Invention Strategy

Power Napping for Creative Gems, Inspiration and Invention!

2. Power Napping for Creative Gems, Inspiration and Invention!
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 enough.

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 every night."

~ 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 Napping!

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 Kindergarten!

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 best.

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 SLEEP?

"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 future."

~ 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 Edison?

Next: Set Yourself An Idea Quota and Become Immensely Productive!


References:

http://members.aol.com/ELECTRPOW1/POWER1.HTM - Edison in his own words

Power Sleep - The Revolutionary Program that Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance
By DR. JAMES B. MAAS.
Read Chapter One at:
 http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/m/maas-sleep.html

 


 

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