HEALTH SPOTLIGHT: YOUR BRAIN

Sharpen Short-Term Memory

Are you feeling a little foggy lately? Does your list of things to do seem a bit fuzzy? You might be dealing with some form of short-term memory loss.

While these may not be signs of serious health issues, they can be indicators that you should discuss the matter with your physician.

One in eight Americans over the age of 60 reports worsening memory loss, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are many ways to improve your short-term memory, including regular mental exercises, the proper amount of sleep and even a healthier diet. Always be sure to check with your medical team before making major changes to your regular routine.

 

Keep Your Mind Busy

Many people understand the importance of physical activity when it comes to living longer, healthier lives. What you may not realize is that mental exercise can be just as important.

Do you take time out of your day to keep your mind in shape? If not, it might be time to start incorporating activities such as crossword puzzles or volunteering into your weekly schedule.

These types of activities can keep your mind sharp, especially if you’re suffering from short-term memory loss.

 

Spend Time with Friends

Consistent social interaction helps reduce occurrences of depression and stress — both of which have been linked to memory loss.

Spending more time with friends and loved ones is easy. You just have to make time for this social aspect of your life. Look for ways to interact with more people around you. Share in their stories and be open with your own life.

This type of interaction will help you connect on a personal level while strengthening your cognitive functioning.

 

Get More Sleep

As more research shines a light on the importance of sleep, Americans are starting to realize the damaging effects of skipping out on their Zs.

Many recent studies, including from Northwestern University and the National Institutes of Health, have provided us with a deeper understanding of how sleep functions in the brain to support learning and memory.

Adequate sleep — at least seven hours per night for most adults — plays a critical role in your overall health and productivity. Get yourself on a consistent schedule. Your memory will thank you.

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