La notte porta consiglio

La notte porta consiglio in Italian

La notte porta consiglio
(You should) sleep on it

Literal translationThe night brings advice
MeaningSleeping on a problem can help you find a solution
IPA pronunciation/la ˈnɔtte ˈpɔrta konˈsiʎʎo/

It recalls the Italian idiom dormirci sopra, literally “sleeping on it”.

Where does this come from? This proverb probably originated in ancient times, when people took refuge in temples and often slept there. It was thought that sleeping in temples would help connect the individual with the gods and get an “answer” from them.

boy who's just woken up

For example, you can say…

Sono sicura che domattina risolverai il problema. La notte porta consiglio.
I am sure you will solve the problem in the morning. The night brings advice.

La notte porta davvero consiglio. Sono riuscito a risolvere il bug stamattina!
The night really brings advice. This morning I managed to fix the bug!

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