Missing Sleep May Hurt Your Memory

Body.Sleep1Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study that found participants deprived of a night’s sleep were more likely to flub the details of a simulated burglary they were shown in a series of images. “People who repeatedly get low amounts of sleep every night could be more prone in the long run to develop these forms of memory distortion,” one researcher said. “It’s not just a full night of sleep deprivation that puts them at risk.”

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Source: Michigan State University. “Missing sleep may hurt your memory.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 21 July 2014.

Your Mentally Stimulating Job May Help Keep You Sharp in Retirement

Body.Brain.Puzzle1Jobs that make good use of your intellect might have another benefit down the line – a sharper mind long after retirement.

People with jobs that require problem solving, planning and information analysis appear more likely to retain a clear memory and keen reasoning as they grow older, said lead author Gwen Fisher, an assistant professor of psychology at Colorado State University.

“People who were engaged in work characterized as mentally challenging scored better on a measure of cognitive [thinking] ability, both before and after retirement,” Fisher said.

This new study adds to a growing mound of evidence suggesting that people who want to keep their brain healthy after retirement need to start working their mental muscles earlier in life, said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association.

“It gels really nicely with other things we’ve seen where midlife is the point at which people really need to pay attention to their brain health,” Fargo said.

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Source: MedicineNet.

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Brain Workout (M, 125): Memory and Observation


  • Your mission is to do some memory tricks and stay observant.
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  • Have fun and good luck!


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Club Tip: How Not To Forget Your Wallet Again

Why do we Forget Where we Put Our Wallet?Body.Brain.Puzzle1

The reason we misplace items, which we blame our memory for, is simple. We were not consciously thinking about it when we put it down, because we were operating on auto-pilot-mode. We were not focusing on what we were doing – in effect, “we” were never “there”, which is why we can not consciously recall where we put the wallet.

The subconscious mind will know where it is.

However, since we engage with the world through our conscious mind, the wallet is as good as lost. This will inevitably happen more often as we grow older, not because our memory is getting worse, but because we have more memories and associations. As a result, our conscious mind is going to be distracted more often, making it harder to concentrate on what we are doing, especially on easy everyday activities.

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