Essay On Why Are We More Creative When We Are Tired?
Type of paper: Essay
Topic: Psychology, Mind, Time, Creativity, Night, Focus, Brain, Reason
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It is quite strange how we humans have the ability to get more creative, imaginative and even act more resourceful when we are tired or fatigued. It is just the way the human brain functions and acts when it is stressed out yet it knows that it needs to process something out to fulfill an important task before it.
The lives of students and also of those who generally work late at night or have to work under stressful situations tend to produce more brilliance in their work, and their output has a more creative approach to it. Though one would wonder is this possible and if it is, then how, it is quite true since it is proven through science. It is no rocket science, by the way, only an assessment of the manner in which the mind performs its due functions.
Usually, when the mind is fresh after a good night’s sleep and prepared to take on the day’s work, it is quite receptive to its surroundings and all that is going about it. The brain uses its very receptiveness to analyze and absorb everything around it, which makes a person prone to get distracted easily, focus on things that are going on apart from what it should really focus on and the attention specifically required to execute a given task it lost very easily. This is the reason that although the mind might find it easy to solve analytical or brain-storming problems well in the time span of its freshness, it might find it equally hard to come up with innovative ideas, newness in thought and its creative element would slack significantly.
This is the reason why many people find creative writing or their artistic ‘revelations’ hard to redress during the time they are fresh and wide awake.
As opposed to this, the mind strangely works the opposite way during the time it is tired and needs to rest the most. Yet if anyone knows they have got an essay due the next day or have to submit some important paper early next morning, then they would work for it no matter what the odds. The reason behind this is of course, the burden of responsibility to submit the work on time and also the mind’s quickness in willing to work in the best way to get the work done in a shorter time and perhaps produce the better output than it would have after a good night’s sleep. What happens here is the mind’s capability to shut out all distractions of the surroundings and focus on one particular job rather than go all over the place when it is required to be highly focused. This function is quite similar to getting some of the best ideas when one is taking a long, hot shower. The creative juices tend to flow when the mind is deprived of sleep and rest and is forced to work under pressure and duress. Work that involves innovation and in-depth thought cannot be done when there are other matters under concentration as well. This is the reason why the brain becomes more responsive to creative projects and newer, brilliant ideas.
It is also interesting to note why some people prefer to keep a diary to write in at night, since this is the time when, although the mind may be tired, yet it would wish to focus its attention on one point and close the doors to its surroundings, and thinking more creatively than ever.