Scientists Find A Way To Resolve Issues During Sleep


Darrius H.

A picture of a productive student sleeping in a class.

Everyone everywhere has stress and problems that they have to fix, but might not have the resources to figure out a resolution for it. In the past, scientists have tried to figure out ways to lower the stress levels of teenagers and adults, but have only been partly successful. Recently, scientists have figured out that if people who are stressed out, think about their problem before they sleep and try to think about it when sleeping, they are more successful in resolving their own problems.

The scientists have created a hypothesis that they used to test and find a conclusion for this topic. The hypothesis that the scientists made is that if the people subconsciously and consciously think about the problem needed to be resolved and sleep on it, the people will come up with a solution to their problem(s). The scientists came up with this hypothesis by knowing that human’s brains work seven days a week, 24 hours a day, so they know that the brain has the capacity of being able to work on fixing problems. They also came to this hypothesis because it must have happened to the scientists, so they know from experience. If there are people who do not understand, this is it: if anyone has been in a fight but just backed down from it, that person might have thought about all of the comebacks that they could have said. 

Another type of problem that the scientists thought about was brain-teasers because this is a type of problem that requires a lot of brainpower and problem-solving capability. They also have used a lot of different noises, music, and motions to listen to or do before heading to bed or while falling asleep. The hypothesis was tested by giving a group of 57 people each a different brain-teaser and a sound that goes with the problem. When the people in the group first got the problem, most of them did not get through to the answer. Then, before each of the people go to sleep, they would think about the problem that they had and listen to the noise that accompanied the problem as they were falling asleep and when they were asleep. In the morning, the people were asked to resolve the same problem, and the people were found to work through and solve the problem with fewer mistakes. After solving the first problem, they were asked to solve more of the brain-teasers, and they were able to solve 31.7% more of the problems than a person who did not sleep with the sounds to help them work through the problems. The scientists concluded that sleeping with certain noises is what makes people solve problems better than when people go to sleep without thinking about anything.

Many people came up with the most useful items that people use in their everyday lives. For example, Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev came up with the basics of the periodic table after sleeping. Another example is that the Beatles songwriter came up with the tune of one of their more famous songs, Yesterday, in a dream. Other scientists say that there is a technique on how to make a dream to show people solve their problems. The first step is to summarize the problem on a piece of paper, then put it by the person’s bed. The second step is to review the problem that the person has just before going to sleep. The third step is to visualize dreaming about the problem, waking up, and writing about the dream. The next step is to think about dreaming of a solution to the challenge and think about the problem as the person drifts off to sleep. Then arrange the items that are connected to the problem on a table and fall asleep. When the person wakes up, stay in bed, and try to remember if they had a dream about their problem. Whatever the person dreamed, write it down on a piece of paper and keep it. The scientists who figured these out using the right hypothesis and testing system for this idea.