John Steinbeck wrote, “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” Neuroscientists are today explaining just how that works in the language of neurons.
Scientists are researching how memories are stored and consolidated while we sleep and exploring how they may also be in a process of reorganizing into new ideas and fresh creative awareness. Maybe the “crazy” dreams we sometimes have are a part of the brain putting diverse puzzle pieces together for a new sense of things that have gone on in our lives and are presently happening.
It is important to understand that sleep is not just a time out but a vital piece in our physical and mental wellness. When worries may keep us awake, the most important task in solving them is actually going to sleep and letting “the committee of sleep” do some problem solving for us—the easy way.
One of the first questions I always ask a client is “How are you sleeping?” Our first work is often addressing what may be getting in the way and how to set ourselves us for a successful sleep pattern.
Sometimes we need to change our focus from trying harder to trying easier!