Posted on August 13, 2018
In a world where we all seem to be on the go all the time, exhaustion and anxiety feel like they are running at an all time high. It is hard to process everything going on all at once, leading to forgetfulness and feeling overwhelmed. Luckily there are super simple ways to boost your brain power to better absorb and internalize all of the information we encounter daily.
One of the biggest brain boosters out there is exercise. That’s right, exercise has more benefits than just maintaining a healthy body, it keeps the mind sharp as well. Our brain needs oxygenated blood to function, just like our other vital organs. Exercising increases our heart rate and blood flow to our vitals organs. The brain benefits from this influx of oxygen and is able to sustain the growth of new neurons as well as increasing their speed of communication. Keeping you more alert and increasing your ability to organize and multitask.
Another benefit of exercise is improved sleep quality. We have all heard that it’s important to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep at night. The reality of that is hard with everything else that needs to get done, sleep seems to fall on the back burner. When we view pulling an all nighter we think of it as being ultra proactive, helping us complete all of our tasks as well as learning new information, when it really does not help all that much. The better idea is to get some shut eye. During sleep the brain restores itself, organizes information and stores it in long term memory. Studying or working on a presentation for a few hours and then closing your eyes for at least 6 hours has been found to help with the retention of new information as well as recalling it correctly.
If you happen to wake up from those 6-8 hours of recommended sleep with a bad case of the Monday’s don’t be afraid of turning on the coffee maker and brewing a few cups. The amount of caffeine equal to 2-3 cups of coffee can potentially boost short-term memory as well as reaction time and concentration. There have also been recent studies that potentially link moderate caffeine consumption with improved memory in older women. Always be aware of how caffeine influences your body. Many people experience jitters or insomnia from even moderate amounts, if you experience these try declining your caffeine intake or switching to decaf.
There are plenty of other ways to boost your brain power, including playing brain games and learning new things such as a language or instrument. It’s all about finding what you personally enjoy the most and can make time for. Whether its having a relaxing cup of coffee on a quiet morning or changing up a bed time to get in those recommended Z’s, the best part of boosting your brain power is feeling refreshed, and ready to take on the day.
(Sources: Scientific American, Health)