Between busy schedules, many people find their memory often fails and the struggle to keep track of numerous activities in their business and personal lives is becoming difficult. Improving your memory doesn't have to be a struggle. Sometimes, small changes in daily routines can make a difference in your cognitive ability.
Here are eight techniques that will help improve your memory and affect the way your brain works:
Brain games: These electronic games are made by companies with the purpose of improving brain function. While more research is needed to support their effectiveness, many people do believe using these games in your daily life helps to improve your memory and cognitive skills. A University of California study found a driving game that "did improve short-term memory and long-term focus in older adults," reports The New York Times.
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Sleep: Not many adults get their required eight hours of sleep a day. If you want to be able to recall many of your memories at a later date. The Mayo Clinic says
you should make sleep "a priority." Sleeping helps your mind organize all of the information you gathered that day, giving your memory easier access when you need it later.
Physical activity: The Department of Health and Human Services recommends "at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (think brisk walking) or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity (such as jogging)," says the Mayo Clinic. The more blood that gets to your brain, the better your memory has the chance of being retained.
Learn new things before bed: Research has shown that when you learn things before bedtime, you often remember them better throughout the next few days. "The best way to 'consolidate a memory' is to go through the information just before going to sleep," Dr. Andrew Johnson, a United Kingdom memory specialist, told the Mirror.
"This is because there are fewer 'new' interfering memories so you will remember it better the next day."
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Take up dancing: People who listen to music often perform better on cognitive tests. According to Mirror, "Music with strong rhythms and patterns — like reggae and salsa — are best for memory and problem-solving."
Say it: Studies have shown that saying something out loud that you need to remember will increase your recall of the information later. You can also just mouth the facts to yourself.
Consider supplements: According to WebMD
, some research indicates natural health supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and huperzine A, can help avoid the memory loss that people see with age.
Meditate: According to AARP,
meditation can help improve the flow of blood to your brain by reducing anxiety. This helps keep your brain, sharp and your memory capacity will increase.
This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.
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