REM sleep's role in creative solutions, dream inspiration and wisdom | Matthew Walker

Parent Episode: Dr. Matthew Walker on Sleep for Enhancing Learning, Creativity, Immunity, and Glymphatic System

Deep, slow-wave sleep – the non-REM form of sleep – preps the brain for the input and storage of information to facilitate the formation of memories. But during REM sleep – the time when we dream – the brain fuses all those newly formed memories with a lifetime of stored experiences and associations, allowing them to coalesce and build novel new connections. These new connections form the basis of creative solutions and wisdom. In this clip, Dr. Matthew Walker describes how REM sleep facilitates creativity, new ideas, and wisdom.

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