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How To Improve Our Memory, Per Science

There’s really no question about it, memory creation and management is one of the most important processes that our brains can do, since they’re used in storing memories and information for later recollection. Without it, we simply would forget how to do the most menial and mundane of tasks, and we wouldn’t be able to make memories at all. It’d be like being constantly born every 5 seconds since we’re in the constant state of not knowing anything.

However, as we grow older, cognitive conditions such dementia and Alzheimer’s tend to affect our brain’s memory functions, often robbing us of its most important uses. And we don’t even have to reach old age to lose it, since constant stress and an unhealthy lifestyle can easily affect our brains all the same.

Thankfully, we don’t have to sit around and just let our brains slip away, since we can easily be proactive and help keep it as sharp as ever. Here are some of the best tips that can help us, according to science:

  1. Sharpen your brain with mnemonic devices – Mnemonic devices are techniques that a person can use to help them retain information better. And according to recent studies, they can help improve your brain. This is because it essentially acts like brain training and forces it to work and generate new cognitive network connections. So go on ahead and adapt mnemonic practices whenever possible.
  2. Exercise regularly – That’s right, we mean physical exercise. Per research, leading a sedentary lifestyle can also lead to memory loss. So put on those trainers, go outside and start working up a good sweat. It’s healthy for both your mind and your body.
  3. Play video games – Yes, you heard us. Get on that controller and spend a couple of hours playing your favorite video game. It’s good for your mind, according to a recent study that illustrated how these pastimes can help improve the functioning of various memory-associated regions in the brain. But don’t go overboard, too much of a good thing can be bad for you.
  4. Eat your vegetables – This is a no-brainer since it’s a well-known fact eating vegetables can help keep you and your body healthy, and that includes your brain. And if you don’t believe us, then take a gander at the various research papers made on the topic, stating that fruits and vegetables can help lower oxidative stress in your brain as well as help retain healthy cognitive functions.
  5. Reduce stress levels – Per research, intense and persistent stress, especially at high levels, can easily impair our memory and disrupt our cognitive skills. So slow down, and ease yourself into taking it down a notch. You can do this by meditating, talking a walk or by incorporating mindfulness-based stress reduction methods.

Sleep and Memory Scientists were able to strengthen memories during sleep by reactivating them with auditory cues. Matheus Vinicius/Unsplash

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