Chicken vs egg.
It’s a funny thing, do you suppose the correlation between creative insight and lack of sleep is coincidental or otherwise? I remember the same thing from being in high school, and then subsequently working for the school board, that all of my moments of clarity and inspiration seemed to happen after midnight.
Even now, it’s nearing midnight once again, and I am running on the fumes of what was less than two hours of sleep from last night. Yet I find that I am not hindered in any way in terms of doing my work, and in fact allow my mind to wander slightly, picking up pieces of music, writing my next column in my head, etc.
So then is that relation purely coincidental? Or if not, which is the true cause and effect? Is it a lack of sleep that fuels imaginative and abstract thought, or is it backwards – does that type of thought only strike at particular times, causing the type of exhaustion that I am suffering now?