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Use sleep to improve memory

Want to improve your memory? Get a good night’s sleep.

Forget brain training and crosswords. Improving your sleep is one of the the best things you can do to stop forgetting and enhance your memory.

I unpack how to use sleep to improve memory and share three science-backed methods to help you get to sleep, stay asleep and wake feel rested.

Sleep and memory are inextricably linked

Getting enough rest helps you once you wake up, and sleeping after learning can consolidate this...

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Benefits of music for your brain

 

Whether you play a musical instrument, are a festival goer or just love listening to your favourite tunes on the radio, many of us instinctively know the effects of music on our mood and energy.

But did you know about the huge benefits that playing and listening to music can have for your brain?

Your brain loves music. While sound drifts through your auditory pathways, pitch registers in the language center, rhythm rockets through the motor regions, and the rest of your...

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5 Steps To A Healthier Brain

When we’re overweight, we know implicitly that it’s unhealthy and we also know that the right diet and exercise should help to shift those extra pounds. But what about an unhealthy brain? What can we do for our brain when it’s out of shape?

Well - there are some simple science-backed changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle which have immense power to change the way your brains operate. So today I am going to walk through the five steps you need to take to nurture...

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How to work with your circadian rhythms

Feel as though you’re constantly tired and always struggling to catch up? You probably need to reset your circadian rhythms to meet your brain’s needs and have the energy to do the things you want to do.

The next revolution in healthcare is going to be around living life in tune with our natural rhythms - our circadian cycles. 

What are circadian rhythms?

Circadian rhythms are real biological processes that every plant, animal and human exhibits over the course of a day....

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The hidden sense for controlling emotions

Interoception - our sense of the internal state of our body - is not as well known as your “outward facing” senses such as sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell, but it’s turning out to be really important for your mental health.

Our sensitivity to the interoceptive signals coming from the different organs in our body determines our ability to control our emotions. And neuroscience and psychology is developing new techniques that help you “tune in” to your body...

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Calm your brain with breathing

Stress is responsible for over 70% of doctor’s visits. It is one of the biggest drains on your energy levels, and a major contributor to sleep loss and mood problems like depression and anxiety.

Stress and anxiety are rampant in today’s world (for many reasons you’re certainly well aware of). But here’s what you may not know…

It turns out that one of the fastest and most powerful ways to get your brain and body out of stress and anxiety isn’t to think...

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How to slow down ageing and live longer

What if I told you that 80% of your health in old age is up to you, how you live your life!

Your body has inbuilt defence systems against ageing, called “longevity genes” - that can slow down and potentially even reverse the ageing process.

Research is starting to work out the diet and lifestyle that is effective at switching on these sirtuin genes in humans to slow down ageing.

I unpack how to activate these genes to live longer and slow ageing in five simple...

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The surprising brain benefits of a good social life

As humans, we’re designed for social interaction. You might think you’re just laughing and talking, but your brain is actually hard at work laying down new pathways.

Science has shown that socialising is critical for good brain health and social isolation is toxic for it.

So today I discuss:

  • why having a good social life is so good for your brain
  • why people with strong social ties are less likely to experience cognitive decline
  • how to re-engage socially if you’ve lost...
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Brain Fog or Dementia?

Many women in midlife say that their brain feels like ‘cotton wool’ - that they become increasingly forgetful and find it hard to retain information.

This “brain fog” can make it especially hard to function at work, and concentrate when reading or watching TV.

But when should you worry that something is wrong?

Is it just lack of sleep? Is it the menopause? Or might it be the warning signs of dementia?

How can you tell the difference?

In this week's post, I want...

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