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?
Answer by Pizzscn · Aug 22, 2011 at 09:09 PM
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
Answer by IamTechCrazy · Aug 22, 2011 at 08:51 PM
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.
Answer by wordkev · Aug 24, 2011 at 11:01 PM
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.
Answer by Yarvaxea · Aug 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM
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,
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