Boost Your Brain Power With These Easy Steps

April 10, 2018

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Walking into a room and forgetting the reason you went in there can prompt you to begin a self-diagnosis of your health.  But improving your memory can be as simple as getting more sleep. According to this review in Psychology Today, sleep improves memory by protecting new memories from interference and by helping to sort and consolidate memories in order of importance. Without adequate sleep, these processes don't take place, and as a result, memory suffers. Multitasking can be bad for your memory too. Most of us have a number of tabs open in our brains at one time and that makes it difficult to really concentrate on any one subject. Even something as simple as texting a coworker during a meeting or scrolling through Facebook while your son tells you about his day could affect your ability to remember key points that you should have been paying attention to in the first place.  Get physical! In a study published in the journal, Brain, a multinational team of researchers found that physical exercise can help protect against cognitive decay in aging. Get a breath of fresh air, preferably a rosemary-scented breath of fresh air. Researchers found that students working in a room scented with rosemary, "displayed significantly enhanced prospective memory, with test scores 15 percent higher than those who had been in the room with no aroma." Of course a trip to your doctor may also help your memory. It's worth getting a complete checkup so that you know what you're really dealing with. In addition to Alzheimer's disease and dementia, other health issues that could cause memory loss include hypothyroidism, stroke, vitamin deficiencies, depression, menopause, sleep apnea and head injuries.


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