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Lack of Sleep May Cause Brain Damage


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Do you think that you’re going to catch up on your long term lack of sleep and feel better?  A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience earlier in March 2014 refutes that belief.  According to University of Pennsylvania neuroscientist, Sigrid Veasey, Long-term sleep deprivation reduces brain of power even after days of recovery sleep which could be a sign of lasting brain injury. 
Veasey and a University of Pennsylvania medical school team put laboratory mice on a shaky sleep schedule that is similar to that of shift workers. They let them sleep, then woke them at various intervals. The scientists then looked at their brains -- more specifically, at a bundle of nerve cells they say is associated with alertness and cognitive function, the locus coeruleus.  What were the results?


How Much Alcohol is Too Much for Your Brain Health?


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A recent study revealed that middle-aged men who consume more than 36 grams of alcohol (two and a half alcoholic drinks) per day may speed up their memory loss by nearly six years. 
The study, released in the journal Neurology, showed significant, quantifiable loss of cognitive powers akin to premature aging in those middle aged males who consumed more than two and a half alcoholic drinks per day. The study, which began in 1985, focused on 7,513 British civil servants who were members of the so-called Whitehall II cohort.  Every four years, members of the cohort had been surveyed on health habits (including alcohol consumption) and undergone a number of examinations. Testing started in 1997 and was repeated at three intervals, the last in 2009 when the people ranged in age from 55 to 80.


How Much Information Can You Hold in Your Short-Term Memory?


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“I always have trouble remembering 3 things: Faces, Names, and … I can’t remember what the third thing is.”
-Fred Allen
Yes, it’s our short-term memory that most of us struggle with on a daily basis.  We walk into a room and forget why we entered it.  Someone gives us instructions and then we forget those instructions halfway towards our destination. We get a simple grocery list and we can’t seem to get it right.  We beat ourselves up a lot about our failures, but how much information can our short-term memory hold? 


3 Simple Memory Techniques that Can Make a Big Difference for You in the New Year

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Ah, the New Year!  It brings us so much promise and excitement.  It’s a time of resolutions and renewal.  It’s a time to reflect on the past and implement new things to better our lives.  As part of this process you might want to consider implementing a few memory techniques into your life. Here are three essential techniques that can make a big difference in your life. These techniques are easy to implement and effective.

1) The HSKT Method
The HSKT method is an easy peg method that incorporates the famous children’s song Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.  It allows you to visualize things you’re trying to remember with 8 of your body parts: head, shoulders, knees, toes, eyes, ears, mouth, and nose.  Here are key steps: