Staying in the first phase of sleep for at least 15 seconds or slow eye movement triples your ability to creatively solve problems, according to new research. This is a condition called hypnagogia. In this state, the presence of auditory, visual, tactile and logical hallucinations, as well as sleep paralysis, is possible.
In a new study, 103 participants were shown multiple eight-digit sequences and asked to find patterns in them as quickly as possible. After two blocks of 30 attempts, the participants took a 20-minute break during which they were asked to relax with their eyes closed. At the same time, each participant was holding an object in his right hand. If the object fell, it was clear that the participant was falling asleep. Then he talked about his thoughts just before the fall.
It turned out that the participants who fell asleep found the hidden pattern three times more often compared to those who did not sleep at all, and about six times more often than those who continued to sleep.