Science has not yet discovered the true purpose of dreams. What we do know however, is that the brain is actually the most active while we are asleep.


While our brain is busy processing the experiences of our day, we sometimes get to enjoy wildly absurd dreams. Often these dreams present a creative new angle and possible solution to our tough logical or emotional problems.

Dreams are not logical and speak to us from our unfiltered subconscious. Since we are not awake to dismiss what we see as irrational or impossible, our minds become opened to accept, for the moment, new possibilities and perspectives. Dreams can be used as a critical problem-solving tool if we are able to channel them towards a problem that we can’t seem to solve, and embrace the abstractly creative solutions that present themselves.


How to make dreams work for you:

  1. Develop a regular sleep schedule.
  2. Before retiring for the night, consciously decide on a problem that you want your subconscious to work on. Either state it out loud or make a mental note. Doing so will help “plant a seed” and guide your dream.
  3. Write down everything you remember about your dreams in the morning.
  4. Ask yourself the same question you wanted an answer to when you wake up and see what new ideas pop up.

This process takes time and trust to develop. But have faith! The good news is that there are many examples of how dreams inspired major breakthroughs in the discovery process.


  • Albert Einstein: His Theory of Relativity was inspired by a dream where he was sledding down a steep mountain. As he traveled faster and faster, he began approaching the speed of light, which caused the stars to change their appearance.
  • Nils Bohr: While struggling to figure out the structure of an atom, the Danish scientist had a dream where he saw the electrons spinning around the nucleus, like the planets orbiting the sun.
  • Elias Howe: In 1845 Elias Howe invented the sewing machine. He had a dream that helped him understand how the penetration of the needle would work in his invention.
  • Jack Nicklaus: In 1964 Jack Nicklaus discovered a new golf swing in a dream bringing him out of a bad golf slump.

Dream big! Dream smart!

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