Sleeping on a problem allowed his mind to be open to ideas not hindered by realities of the waking world. Some of his greatest hypotheses had been devised while sleeping.
He almost had the answer to cold fusion. He could provide the world with a cheap, clean source of power.
In his dream state, he spoke, “I have it! The secret is to…”
…the alarm went off…
He woke. His solution was lost. It was time to feed his baby.