Have you ever forgotten where you put your car keys?
Have you walked into another room to do something, and once there, you cannot remember what it was you meant to do?
These simple examples of memory lapses are not unique, especially as we age. And, we all are aging every day we're still breathing.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could improve, and possibly, restore our ability to remember?
Fortunately, there is one simple thing we all can do toward this end. We can make sure we are getting a proper amount and quality of sleep.
Researches have found from their vast studies that a lack of sleep directly affects the brain's ability to learn and/or to store memories. It is during sleep that the body and brain heal and repair, allowing us to function at our optimum level, whether physically or mentally. Studies show that a good night's rest, or even a short nap, improves performance in mental and physical tests.
In contrast, when we are sleep deprived, our brains have a more difficult time absorbing and retaining information. The negative effects of sleep loss are not just limited to cognitive abilities. Our reflexes become slower, and our fine motor skills deteriorate. Scientists are learning that those of us who persistently lose sleep, are more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease.
How much sleep is enough to counteract negative cognitive and physical effects? The general consensus is that healthy adults should average seven to eight hours a night. Teenagers need slightly more, averaging between eight and nine hours.
Paying attention to our sleep health needs is one way to improve and maintain our cognitive functioning, not only for today, but as we grow older.
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