What happened to me, seems to be pretty normal. We are creative when we sleep. In 1924, Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, had been grappling with a problem of stitching for his machine, when he had a dream one night. He dreamed he’d been captured by a native tribe and ordered by their king to complete the construction of a sewing machine. By visualizing holes in their spearheads, he awakened with the solution – an eyehole in the needle point. The insight led to the successful implementation of the sewing machine. Another example:
While working on a model of the atom, physicist Niels Bohr dreamed of a planetary system with electrons circulating around the nucleus. The Bohr Model of the Atom, along with his other works, led him to a Nobel prize in science.