Assigning Tasks to your Subconscious
How It Works
The approach is, before bed, to spend a few moments thinking about a quandary you're facing and present it to your subconscious. I do this by essentially asking myself for help, in my mind. The two times I've done this since reading the article, I have awoken with an answer to my problem.
A Success Story
One of the times, I asked for help on how to deal with my nighttime eating habit, as I wrote about here. In the morning, my subconscious had arrived at an elegant solution of eating my oatmeal blend (recipe here) as a pre-bedtime snack. In addition to addressing the issue of uncontrolled nighttime snacking, it was also a solution to my dilemma on how to incorporate this nutritious oatmeal recipe into my daily eating regimen. Especially since I had gotten pretty attached to my morning breakfast of an egg on English muffin.
I've only tried this a couple of times so far, but given my experience, I think it's worth a shot. Only takes a few seconds, and maybe your subconscious will come up with something good while you're asleep. I'll definitely give it a try again in the future when I need the help.