Sunday, October 23, 2011

Just sleep on it???

Almost everyone has probably received the advice “just sleep on it.” I myself have been confronted with big decisions where, instead of just making a choice, I say I am going to think about it for a night.  New research is showing that taking your time and “sleeping on it” is actually as ineffective and harmful and making snap decisions.  So, what is the right way to make a tough decision?
A study by Dutch researcher, Dijksterhuis and his colleagues, suggested in their article “Sleep on It” published in a 2006 version of the journal Science, that leaving decisions to the unconscious state was the best way to come up with a solution. However, recent studies are saying that pushing decisions off in order to sleep on it is not an effective way to solve a problem.  Instead, the best way to reach a solution is research…don’t we all just love to hear that.  By researching and coming up with lists of pros and cons, the decision maker can make an informed decision and weigh out all the options, instead of just hoping that an answer will magically appear from the depths of our slumber.  While the unconscious mind does provide relief and escape from often nagging decisions, the break does nothing to help reach a solution.
So, next time you are faced with a tough decision, don’t just sleep it; RESEARCH!! It’s the only way to truly know and understand all your potential options.

1 comment:

  1. I'd say, research, and if there's no clear decision coming, then sleep or find some way to relax and not think about it for a while. Going for a walk, doing some cooking, reading something totally unrelated, or lying in bed drifting from sleep to wakefulness all work for me.