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I learnt that the brain gets rather WAAAYYY active at night when we're ASLEEP than in the day when we're awake. We see the benefit of this when we try to solve difficult math questions and fail, go to bed and we can suddenly solve it like 1+1 when we wake up. What I do wonder though is that, to become "smarter" in math, can one decide to study quite complex mathematical explanations, theories, laws or whatever JUST before sleeping in order to achieve that? is that how it works? is it possible?

asked Aug 22 '11 at 19:27

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When you are asleep, there's less distractions so your brain may randomly revisit a math problem while you are asleep and be able to utilize most of it on that problem rather than one part be thinking about your girlfriend, another part be playing a song that's stuck in your head, ect

answered Aug 22 '11 at 20:09

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I think it all makes sense now :). Thanks a lot :D

(Aug 22 '11 at 20:11) sasome sasome's gravatar image

If it means not walking up at 6am, then I think it just might work.

answered Aug 22 '11 at 19:45

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The short answer is no, no and no.

The mind is always active. I don't know where you "see the benefit of this" that going to sleep will give you complete understanding of a subject like math, but it's incorrect. I don't understand complex math and when I wake up every morning I still don't understand it.

If you want to understand something you have to learn about it and know it, then you will be able to use it. Dreams are made of the pictures of your mind and I would not focus too much attention on them.

answered Aug 22 '11 at 19:51

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edited Aug 22 '11 at 19:53

"The brain is much more active at night than during the day. Logically, you would think that all the moving around, complicated calculations and tasks and general interaction we do on a daily basis during our working hours would take a lot more brain power than, say, lying in bed. Turns out, the opposite is true. When you turn off your brain turns on. Scientists don’t yet know why this is but you can thank the hard work of your brain while you sleep for all those pleasant dreams." -Reference (fact No. 5). I was only thinking that if the brain is more active when i'm asleep, then it can work out the difficult things i don't/didn't understand the previous day more efficiently and/or faster. and about the benefit thing i said, i've tried it several times and it worked 7/10 times.

(Aug 22 '11 at 20:04) sasome sasome's gravatar image

I wish it was that easy.

answered Aug 22 '11 at 20:19

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I dunno bout you, but I always find I work out problems when either on the toilet, or having a shower. I put this down to limited distractions and only having to focus on one task with no other objects around to distract me and being locked in a space.

I.e I have to use the toilet and I can't leave till I'm finished. I'm wet from being in the shower so I have to clean myself and dry or get out and be cold, dirt and wet.

Why do people lock themselves in the basement to figure things out? Same reason.

Working things out is a state of mind and you have to find the best way to get into that state of mind. I can't work in a messy environment because of all the distractions and the constant thought of 'I really need to clear this mess up'

You may find you have to dedicate spaces where you live to do tasks. People often have a work room for this reason.

answered Aug 23 '11 at 08:06

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For some reason, I feel the same exact way occasionally. After a good night's rest or a nice, long nap, I find myself being able to proficiently do things that I wouldn't have been able to do before sleeping.

answered Aug 24 '11 at 22:01

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I have one word for you: Lucid Dreaming. What is lucid dreaming? Basically you're semi aware when you're dreaming, you can control your dreams. We all know that the brain is hyper active during the REM sleep, studies have been made to find out if we can actually study while in lucid dream state. I'm frequently lucid dreaming and I participated in this study and I would say when it worked it worked fantastic. The things I learned while dreaming are directly stored in my long term memory, I will never get rid of it. The thing is that it's very hard to put in information to study, you have to read a text, then quickly start lucid dreaming, and while you still have the information in your short term memory, you can study it. Not only is lucid dreaming a pretty damn hard thing to achieve. But going from studying to lucid dreaming in an instant is an almost impossibility for an average aged student. You'll need years of practice to achieve it. Maybe if we learn our kids to lucid dream from early age it will be possible,

answered Aug 25 '11 at 10:05

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