Creative and Groggy

From Research Digest:

Are you an evening person? Guess what? Early in the day, when you’re bleary eyed, stumbling about in the fog of sleepiness, you’re probably at your creative peak. In contrast, if you’re a morning person, then for you, the evening is the best time for musing.

How come? Insight-based problem-solving requires a broad, unfocused approach. You’re more likely to achieve that Aha! revelatory moment when your inhibitory brain processes are at their weakest and your thoughts are meandering….

The researchers recommended that students consider designing their class schedules so that they take art and creative writing at their non-optimal time of day. “Previous research has shown that students tend to get higher grades when classes are in sync with their circadian arousal;” they said, “however, the interaction between time of day and type of class has not been investigated. The results of this study suggest that the relationship between time of day and grades needs to be investigated and may not simply follow a uniform pattern.”

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Rick

    “..when your inhibitory brain processes are at their weakest and your thoughts are meandering…”

    Then I must be peaking 24 hrs a day. :^)

  • Chris Jefferies

    Interesting. I wonder if this report from ‘Nature’ on the effects of a psychedelic drug on brain activity might be connected?

    I’m not suggesting anyone tries to increase creativity this way, but it is very interesting!

  • Susan N.

    Rick (#1) – hilarious…I’m in the same boat!

    Sometimes I work stuff out in my sleep, and wake up with insights. Does that count? :-)

  • Henriet Schapelhouman

    That is very interesting. Wonder if that’s why I get more insights when reading my Bible in the morning… Any thoughts on that?