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5 ways to improve your memory
28 July 2015 |
Worried that your memory is fading faster than you can write an appointment in your calendar? There’s no need to worry, here are five simple ways to boost your brain activity and increase your memory span.
1. Get some exercise
One way to jog your memory is to do just that: jog. Running, swimming and cycling are a few examples of ways to engage your brain.
Cardiovascular exercise that gets your heart pumping boosts specific areas of your brain, like the memory-controlling hippocampus, according to a study by the University of British Columbia.
2. Get enough sleep
Adults are recommended to get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. While sleeping, the brain works to consolidate memories and shift information into different regions, in order to make room for productivity the next day.
Sleep also synthesises new ideas, which is a process useful for upcoming projects or reports.
3. Brain games
Brainteasers like Sudoku and crossword puzzles increase your concentration and could help to strengthen your memory.
In addition to these, there are hundreds of online brain games to strengthen your cognitions, and similar apps available on smartphones.
4) Eat well
We remember things better when our brain cells are stimulated enough to form connections.
In particular, researchers have found that acetylcholine is a factor in this. The chemical can be found in the likes of soybeans, eggs, almonds, fish and vegetables like cauliflower.
5. Try mnemonics
Psychologists have developed ways to improve our ability to associate, and therefore increase our capacity for memory.
Acronyms – making the first letters of a list of words into a separate word to help you remember an action or situation. For example, CAAT could stand for ‘Call Anne At Ten’.
Chunking – break up information into smaller chunks. For example, break up a string of numbers into the format of a phone number.