Brain Bulletin update from Terry Small

Posted by Lori Goldman on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Under: Parenting
The best thing you can do to improve your memory and overall health is to SLEEP.   Why? Terry Small, Brain Trainer, tells us.

I read this in the Vancouver Sun newspaper recently:
"Imagine medical research linked a particular food with all the following: obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, some forms of cancer, depression, decreased immunity to bacteria and viruses, lower IQ, problems with focusing, learning and concentration, and a decrease in alertness, leading to accidents and injuries.
One would expect most people would avoid any such food like the plague, while others would call on governments to impose an immediate ban on sales of the product. But, alas, the culprit here is not food; rather, it's something even more common than food: sleep deprivation." (May 2, 2012)
With so much science behind the need to get a good night's sleep, it may be time for you to make some changes.
I have been trying to get more sleep. Here's why:
- If you don't get enough sleep, individual groups of neurons will take "naps" during the day while you are awake!
- If you sleep well, your brain has a chance to consolidate long-term memory.
- When you sleep, your brain 'catches up' on processing information that you received when you were awake. (Parts of your brain that are involved with this are not available to do this when you are awake. They are busy doing other things.)
- Sleep helps you to be more creative.
- When you are sleep deprived you are more likely to make poor dietary choices.
  (Poor exercise choices, too.)
- Getting less that six hours of sleep per night increases your risk for stroke, heart problems, and viral infections.
We could go on, but you get the point.
Here's something proactive you can do. Food may help. Try any of these seven foods a couple of hours before bedtime to help you brain release 'sleep chemicals':
1. Bananas - You get magnesium, serotonin, and melatonin (natural sleep regulator).
2. Cherry juice - Research shows that two glasses of cherry juice can help you sleep 40 minutes longer. It increases melatonin.
3. Oatmeal - Also rich in melatonin.
4. Honey - Tells your brain to turn off orexin (a neuropeptide linked to alertness).
5. Whole-wheat bread - Eat this with banana and it helps tryptophan get to your brain. Once there, it changes into serotonin and off you go....
6. Warm skim milk - Contains tryptophan and this has a natural sedating effect.
7. Almonds and walnuts - Contains magnesium and tryptophan...increases seratonin. Nuts are great brain food, too.
I take my brain health seriously. How about you?

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Lori in I got my Bachelor of Education degree in the USA but was born and raised in Canada. Working in Asia and with immigrant adults and children for 26 years has given me insights into the difficulties they face in a new country and school system. I like to help adults adjust to and explore the rich and diverse opportunities in Canada while also supporting them in their challenge of parenting in a new culture. I love to help children learn English, develop skills, and gain confidence to succeed in school and life.


“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning A lack of planning on your part does not constitute and emergency on my part. "Most people don't plan to fail; they fail to plan." ~~John L. Beckley

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