Can’t find your car keys or wallet? Forget what items you wanted to get at the grocery store? Can't remember the name of the personal trainer you liked at the gym? You’re not the only one. Everyone forgets things occasionally. Still, memory loss is nothing to take lightly. Consider the following Mayo Clinic brain stimulating and memory sharpening tips to help you with your memory loss. Remember seek help from your doctor if you feel your memory is worse than it should be. Stay active - Mentally. Brain puzzles. Cross words. Read! Just as physical activity helps keep your body in shape, mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape — and might keep memory loss at bay. Take alternate routes when driving. Learn to play a musical instrument. Volunteer at a local school or community organization. Regularly Socialize. Social interaction helps ward off depression and stress, both of which can contribute to memory loss. Look for opportunities to get together with loved ones, friends and others — especially if you live alone. When you're invited to share a meal or attend an event, get going. Organize your life. You're more likely to forget things if your home is cluttered and your notes are in disarray. Jot down tasks, appointments and other events in a special notebook, calendar or electronic planner. You might even repeat each entry out loud as you jot it down to help cement it in your memory. Keep to-do lists current and check off items you've completed. Set aside a certain place for your wallet, keys and other essentials. Limit distractions and don't try to do too many things at once. If you focus on the information that you're trying to remember, you'll be more likely to recall it later. It might also help to connect what you're trying to remember to a favorite song or another familiar concept. Sleep! Sleep plays an important role in helping you consolidate your memories, so you can recall them down the road. Make getting enough sleep a priority. Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a day. Talk to your doctor if you are having problems with your memory.
Not sleeping? Tossing and turning at night? Waking up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep? Or even having trouble falling asleep because you are in bed worrying about life? It’s no fun when you wake up feeling more tired, not refreshed, in the morning and are excessively tired during the day. You’re not alone. More than 25 percent of Americans report not getting enough sleep occasionally, and 10%, according to the CDC, experience insomnia almost every night. There are a lot of things that can help you have a chance to get some sleep. Consider exercise, turning off your screens far before going to bed, and do not drink alcohol to make you sleep, it just doesn’t work. Exercise. Did you know, regular exercise can be a great way to help stimulate better sleep? If you have trouble sleeping, avoid working out too late. Strenuous exercise can make you more alert. It also increases your body temperature, which may stay elevated for as many as six hours. Steer clear of workouts too close to bedtime. Aim to complete a workout two or three hours before you plan on going to sleep. Turn off your screens. It's tempting to try to wind down by reading on the computer or watching TV before bed, but both can actually stimulate you. The light and noise of TVs and computers can be engaging and can reduce brain melatonin levels. You want your melatonin levels to increase around bedtime to help you fall asleep. Need just a little noise to help you drift off? Try listening to relaxing music or download a relaxing, sleep app. Do not drink Alcohol - it doesn’t work. Think a cocktail before bed will offer relief? Think again. This myth probably persists because alcohol can help you fall asleep. But as it moves through your body it may lead to disturbed, restless sleep, or it may make you wake earlier. The sleep that you lose is hard to catch up on. It's unlikely that you can fully catch up, especially with our busy schedules. . Sleeping in one or two days a week or over the weekend may actually upset your natural body clock. The disruption may make it harder to get to sleep the next time. The only way to catch up on lost sleep is to get back into a regular sleep schedule. Make sure to talk to your doctor if you are having problems sleeping. We can help!
We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is great for your health and excellent for your diet, but do you know how many you should really be eating? People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Eating healthy can also help prevent obesity and high blood pressure. That said, most people are still lacking the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables they should actually be eating. Did you know,
- Fewer than 1 in 4 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day.
- Fewer than 1 in 7 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day.
Next month is breast cancer awareness month. Get ready to spread the word. Do you really know what cancer is? Take a look at the National Breast Cancer Foundation's informative video below outlining the facts about what cancer is.
Did you know that one in three children in the U.S. are obese? The statistics sound high, but in all actuality childhood obesity can be prevented! Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. By making small changes in your lifestyle, like adding fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily meals you can go a long way. Opt for fruit instead of sweets, eliminate sugary drinks, and make sure your child has proper veggie servings in every meal. Additionally, incorporate exercise into your lives. Perhaps go for a family walk after dinner, or even get the kids on their bikes and play a little bike tag. Get away from the computer screens and move! Movement in any form can help you and your family get fit and do wonders for you and your child’s health. If you don’t feel like your child is getting enough exercise or healthy food options at school, talk to your teachers and administrators to get them in the game as well. Give them ideas and help them provide healthy food options and daily physical activities for students. Need ideas? Ask your doctor for ideas to keep your child moving and eating healthy.