During this time, most people only know that sleep only benefits the body physically only. But in fact, sleep can also provide tremendous benefits for one’s psychological condition, one of which is to increase emotional intelligence (EQ).
Maybe you are confused how sleep can affect EQ? The following explanation.
Did you know that important discoveries such as scientific methods, periodic tables, and aromatic chemistry were discovered while the inventor was asleep? More precisely, these insights emerge when they are dreaming.
There are many opinions circulating about dreaming. According to the popular theory expressed by Sigmund Freud, dreams are “suppressed longings”. The point is that dreams can occur because there are unresolved desires in our minds. As experts investigate dreams, there is evidence that dreams are beneficial for your emotional intelligence and overall productivity. This can happen because when you are sleeping soundly, there are two benefits you can get:
1. Sleep Helps Reduce Stress
For you who work, the amount of work, pressure, and targets that must be achieved often makes you stressed and mentally tired. As a result, over time you will easily feel anxious and have more sensitive emotions, so this can affect your relationships with people around you and also your work performance. Well, one effective way to reduce stress is to sleep.
When you sleep soundly and reach the dreaming stage, the brain will be in a calm state where there is no noradrenaline at all, which is a molecule that triggers anxiety.
The main emotional structure of your brain will also be reactivated during your deep sleep.
In other words, the brain will reprocess the stress that you have and all the bad memories that occur that day positively, because the element noradrenaline is not involved. Thus, your emotions will be stable and you are better able to manage your emotions later.
To be able to get these benefits optimally, try to have quality sleep, which is to sleep with sufficient time and soundly. Because a study published in Frontier in 2012 revealed that lack of quality sleep can increase emotional reactions and reduce your ability to manage emotions.
2. Sleep Makes You Smart and Creative
When you sleep well and reach the dreaming stage, all your memories will fuse into one. Just like a blender that mixes all the food ingredients that come into one, so also the brain will process all the memory you have.
When dreaming, the brain that has been filled with all the memories of events that occur will relate it to the similarity of the knowledge you already have before. This will make you a smart person and have emotional readiness to face tomorrow.
The benefits of this one have been proven through a study in a study published in the Minutes of the United States National Academy of Sciences.
The research involved a number of participants who were taught a certain knowledge.
Some people were asked again about this knowledge before they went to sleep, while others were asked after they slept all night, and there were also some people who were questioned after napping for 60-90 minutes.
As a result, it was the group of participants who slept through the night that performed far better than those who woke up and lacked sleep. Of course, sleep must be accompanied by efforts to increase knowledge so that you can be smart and creative.