In this story from Inc.com describes new research is proving an ancient theory to be true: Sleeping is an active practice that increases your ability to solve problems and overcome stress.
If you’re dealing with a major problem at work, the best strategy to overcome your stress is almost effortless: Get a good night’s sleep.
Research has long shown that there are plenty of benefits to sleep. You’re more likely to positively maintain physical health, consolidate new information, and process your emotions, since sleeping lets your brain recover from the previous day’s stresses.
A 2013 study from the University of Rochester even found that sleep helps cleanse your brain of toxic proteins, which are byproducts of neural activity throughout the day, and would otherwise affect your ability to think.
Conversely, if your body doesn’t get enough rest, you’re more likely to feel paranoid, stressed, and depressed. What’s worse, sleep deprivation has been linked to serious medical issues, such as heart attack, stroke, and obesity, according to the Division of Sleep and Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Now, it’s becoming increasingly clear that sleep impacts your ability to solve difficult problems, by helping your brain recognize patterns so you can reapply old solutions to new scenarios.
That’s according to a new study from the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University, originally conducted in 2013, and more recently in 2015.