In my last post I discussed some very interesting and promising evidence supporting the significant ‘brain boosts’ that come from regular exercise and activity. This evidence supports the idea that brain health markers improve when performing semi-regular (one or two sessions per week), intense workouts; and that resistance training is emerging as the preferred method for such training. There also seems to be a lot of benefits to moderate intensity activities like hiking, skating, skiing, etc. as well; and may well be worth working both into your lifestyle for optimal impact on brain function.
It makes sense to assume that if you don’t get enough “ZZZ’s” that your attention and memory will be compromised. In addition to a fuzzy memory and attention span, when we don’t get enough high quality sleep we feel moody, it becomes harder to concentrate on tasks, we cannot store or recall information as well or as quickly and our decision making suffers.
In fact, I’m sure you’ve experienced some or all of these symptoms at some point in your life first hand after a poor nights sleep. Please take 10 minutes of your day and watch this fascinating talk by Jeff Iliff, neuroscientist at Oregon health and science university, as he discusses a fascinating new (2014) discovery on the necessity of sleep in keeping our brains healthy. Enjoy!
I recently listened to a podcast interviewing sleep expert, Dan Pardi. He performs research with the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford and the Departments of Neurology and Endocrinology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. I have abstracted some key points to improve sleep habits from his interview and summarized them below:
Regular, high quality sleep is crucial for optimal brain performance and cognition. Not to mention may actually be a key in preventing Alzheimers disease. Try incorporating on new habit each week and test what works best for you.
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