Everyone has a memory stumble from time to time. Whether it’s forgetting where the car keys are, finally finding the glasses perched on top of your head, or slipping on someone’s name, momentary lapses are normal. However, you don’t have to resign yourself to memory loss. Here are some tips to improve and boost your memory function.
Mental function is not at peak performance when you have gotten few hours of sleep, or your sleep has been restless or interrupted. In fact, sleep generates changes that solidify memories in the brain. Most adults generally need 7-9 hours of sleep.
2. Improved Diet
A healthful diet is not only good for your heart but also for your brain. Choose fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains. Also opt for low fat protein sources such as fish, beans, and skinless poultry.
Physical activity increases blood flow to the whole body. That includes your brain and its associated memory. "Physical exercise has the best evidence for preserving memory and mental function with aging," says R. Scott Turner, MD, PhD, director of the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University Medical Center. If you don’t have the time for a full workout, try to squeeze in a few 10-minute walks.
4. Mental Exercise
Challenge your mind! Findings report that cognitive function and memory have been improved by applying mental exercises. Learning a new skill, learning a new language, or doing a crossword or some math in your head are great ways to strengthen your memory.
5. Stay Social
Social interactions give a boost to your memory as well as your mood. Visit friends and family, enjoy a show, or attend an event. Research shows that even 10 minutes of socializing can improve memory function.
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