Ways To Improve Your Memory
It seems that every week a new study reveals some bizarre way to increase your memory. For example, chewing gum and drinking chocolate (not simultaneously) recently were linked to better recovery. Not surprisingly, the evidence copies of these theories is a little thin. But a lot of careful research, scientific methods backed fire up the memory and retention of your mind. Here 10 should definitely try.
The less you sleep, the more their cognitive abilities, including memory-will suffer, concludes a study in Finland. Recent research at the University of Lübeck in Germany has also suggested that sleep is a time when your brain sorts and stores new memories. If you are sleep deprived, your brain will not retain or remember information as well as you normally would. And no amount of sleep to catch up bring back lost memories, the German study authors say. (These 20 ways to sleep better every night can help.)
Lots of research has linked exercise a stronger memory. One of the most recent studies came from the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Among older women, aerobic exercise (running, swimming) significantly increased the volume of hippocampus-the brain structure involved in verbal memory and learning. The more you move, the blood with oxygen and nutrients, causing flows and nourishes the brain, the study authors say. Basically, if you want a healthy memory, you need to exercise.
3. Talk to friends
You probably do not realize it, but having a conversation with another person requires the brain to complete several high-level processes simultaneously. You have to follow what the person is saying, interpret the meaning of his words, and come to a right answer. All this requires effort. And as a result, talking to someone else, even in the phone-it’s enough to drive recovery significantly, shows a study by the University of Michigan. Another study found that daily social interaction helps prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s memory.
4. Seek out novel experiences
If you are not challenging your brain with new places and information, memory suffers, according to research from University College London. Family activities allow your noodles to laze on autopilot. But the novelty, whether you are exploring a new hiking trail or take Sudoku puzzles can stimulate your brain and memory, study in the UK (and many others) shows.
5. Test your brain
A study in Scotland found that people with jobs that require a lot of high-level, complex brain processes (architects, for example) tend to have better memories later in life. But what if you do not have one of those jobs? Dissection of the information you find on the top down, effortful forms can keep your memory sharp, indicates research from the University of Texas, Dallas. For example, after seeing a television program, try to distill what you just saw in parts. What was the point of the episode? The growth experienced by the characters? Make your brain work and you keep your memory sharp.
Stress and everything that goes along with it (inflammation, lack of sleep) has been shown to mess with your memory. Laughter not only counteracts stress but also improves short-term memory, shows a series of research efforts at the University of Loma Linda. Just 20 minutes of watching a funny video was sufficient to enhance short-term memory, the researchers found.
Multiple studies have linked several types of meditation memory benefits. Why? The retention and storage requires concentration. And meditation is to block out distractions and sharpening their attention in ways that reinforce memory, suggests a study from the University of California, Santa Barbara. There is even evidence that meditation improves cerebral blood flow, another memory drive side effect. (Try these 3 quick meditations that anyone can do.)
8. Eat berries
Several studies have linked the consumption of berries, especially blueberries-to improve memory recall and retention. The berries are full of flavonoids, a UK study linked to improved vascular function. Due to better blood flow is good for the brain, flavonoids in berries could explain why fruit increases recall, the study authors speculate UK.
9. Get your vitamin D
Recent years have seen a large increase in research linking vitamin D for all kinds of health benefits. Several of these studies connections between the “sunshine vitamin” and both brain health and memory were noted. One of the Oregon Health & Science University, linked higher levels of vitamin D scores improved verbal memory. Another study, this time from the UK, hinted that D may protect the brain from dementia.
Several recent experiments have found that the wandering mind can allow your brain to better memory catalog and shop. A study in the journal Neuron suggested daydreaming actually helps improve your memory like sleeping or napping way. On the other hand, multitasking, ie change quickly from one task to another without a break can really damage your brain’s ability to recall information, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.