Jerry, this is actually an unusual topic that is not completely understood by psychologists and psychiatrists... For many years there has been an expression, "I don't know - let me sleep on it a day or two". This, to me; indicates that this phenomenon has been taking place for many years and for many people. This is also a subject that is very important to me - and here is why...
As a youngster, I was very easily distracted. If (back then) there was such a thing as the "ADD" diagnosis - I feel confident that I would have won the Blue Ribbon. Focus is a problem for me. I am a person who has had a wide variety of hobbies and interests and in retrospect, all of them have been "quiet activities". I've had a lifelong interest in rocks and minerals (no noise) and reptiles (again - no noise).
Interestingly, Joy understands my "handicap" and helps me to be in a quiet environment when I really need to focus. Fortunately, our 3- grown daughters do not have this focus problem - they seem to be able to work under all conditions.
God has blessed me richly as an inventor and I have been very successful as an inventor, with a wide variety of products on the market - all over the world. The really weird part, though; is that many of my inventions were thought of during my sleep! Many years after doing this hundreds of times, and actually being able to control my thoughts while sleeping - I learned what is going on!
In my "awake hours" there are a myriad of distractions and it is very difficult to maintain my [intended] train of thought, however; in my "asleep hours" there are no distractions and a proper train of thought (in my unconscious mind) can be maintained. I am also diagnosed as O.C.D. (Obsessive - Compulsive Disorder) and this actually is another reason that I am so easily distracted during my "awake hours". During my sleep, I am not distracted - so my "concentration" is at its best.
Jerry, you are not weird or strange for having done this. I will say, though; that you come-up with more thought-provoking subjects than anyone else I can think of. Please keep-up the good work, as I guarantee many of your questions are interesting to quite a large number of readers!
Otis Guillebeau from Auburn, Georgia
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