The time for me to mentally solve problems is on the OTHER end of
the day. However sometimes this still could be considered “early
morning” ! I have found, through the use of meditation techniques,
that this process can be directed more than you might think. I think
of the problem in a general way in the stage before sleep, pushing
out other thoughts. Then, as I feel myself beginning that "float"
before I am completely asleep, I consciously direct my thoughts more
specifically. I find this extends that “pre-sleep” moment, and the
thought process continues after I have passed over into deep sleep.
Somehow, this also helps me remember my dreams, which my thoughts
have by that time have become. It’s actually rather fun as well!
I first used the process as a means of changing the nature of my
dreams, beginning by deliberately starting one of my more unpleasant
dreams, and finally substituting a more acceptable climax. Then one
night, I was facing a problem of how to put something together. I was
thinking of “how to” at bedtime. The process carried over. When I
asked my counselor about what happened, she helped me explore how to
use this innate capability, which probably most of us, as creative
people, unknowingly have within ourselves.