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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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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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Can hormone therapies prevent dementia?

In the next three minutes, 3 people will develop dementia and two of them will be women.

Women may be at much higher risk of dementia when they lose the brain protection of hormones that decline during peri-menopause and menopause.

As hormones like oestrogen protect brain function, can you stop dementia from developing by replacing these hormones lost during menopause?

Watch to discover the answer to: can hormone therapies prevent dementia?

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Your chances of mental decline in midlife

By the time we reach midlife, we all have some of the brain disease(s) that causes dementia, but only some of us will go on to experience the symptoms of cognitive decline later in life. Why is that? The truth is dementia doesn’t suddenly appear. In fact, the seeds for dementia are sown inside your brain years, even decades before you will ever experience any symptoms. Today, I breakdown your risk of mental decline in midlife and what it tells you about your chances of going on to...

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How menopause changes a woman’s brain

From hot flushes to low mood to insomnia to forgetfulness, many of the foreign feelings that women experiences during menopause are caused by changes happening inside the brain. Today, I breakdown the different brain symptoms of menopause, why they put women at higher risk of dementia, and what can be done to do mitigate this risk. 

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Brain-Healthy Exercise for Midlife Women

Exercise causes physical changes to your brain that invigorate thinking, reasoning, memory and mood.  Your brain receives positive benefits every time you put on your trainers and move away from the sofa. In this episode, I breakdown how exercise keeps the brain young and what exercises women should be doing before and after menopause to enhance their well-being and safeguard against future dementia.

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