British Prime Minister, a sharp memory and high level of cognitive function enabled Margaret Thatcher to decide on effective policies that not only affected her country but also the whole world. She possessed all the requisite qualities of a leader and her leadership catapulted her to her status as one of the most respected figures in history. This lady is Margaret Thatcher, known also as an iron lady, loved and hated, admired and criticised by many.
Do you want to emulate the qualities of Margaret Thatcher at work?
First you will need a sharp mind. Few studies have revealed a couple of techniques that can help boost our memory and cognitive functions. This article will touch on these various techniques.
1. Sleep is not a waste of time activity; it actually boosts your memory and creativity. We spend at least one third of our time every day sleeping. In our fast paced and stressful society, we choose to forgo our sleep time to get work done. A recent study by University of Noter Dame revealed that sleep helps to consolidate memories, ingraining them so we can retrieve the information later. Sleep also seems to reorganise memories, extracting the emotional details and reconfiguring the memory to help us produce new and creative ideas.
Before you curtail your sleep time, think again. We need at least eight hours of sleep every day to allow our brain to reorganise the details and “reboot” the big CPU. Contrary to popular beliefs, it is the quality and not the quantity of sleep that plays an important role in keeping our memory sharp.
2. Learn something during your sleep time - This provocative study by Northwestern University suggested that we can effectively learn a second language during sleep. While we learn during our waking hours, the knowledge is scattered all over. When we sleep or take a nap, our brain will consolidate all the new skills and sharpen the memory.
3. Playing songs during your sleep will improve your memory and learning skill - Surprisingly, playing a favourite tune during the deep sleep phase can improve your memory and enhance your learning skill. This piece of groundbreaking information is established all thanks to the intensive study conducted by scientists in Northwestern University. The surprise finding: subjects who slept with background music playing during their slumber found that their memories improved.
Doing all these long-term definitely helps your brain to exercise more and train up more. So it's really ok to sleep! Start planning some nap time for yourself in a day!
Dr Joe Luo
An internal Medicine specialist with over 11 years of experience and also an active researcher in the US, researching on positive health benefits that natural ingredients and lifestyle boast.
Dr. Joe’s biggest aspiration is to create a world where natural products will help patients alleviate their health problems as well as eliminate the side effects that are common with synthetic drugs. He also, founded Doctor Link International Pte Ltd, manufacturer and distributor of a wide range of health supplements that helps various ailments.
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