Meditation improves your mind, memory and mental focus
When the brain is resting in deeper brain rhythms during meditation, repair and restoration of brain cells occurs
Improved mood, happy thoughts and focus are side effects of regular practice of meditation
Want to improve your ability to focus, learn, and remember things?
Practice regular meditation.
That’s right, not only does meditation reduce stress, but it can also improve your mind, memory, and mental focus – permanently.
Here’s how . . .
While you meditate your brain goes from the beta waves, which are the awake and alert brain waves, to the slower levels of brainwave activity called theta and delta waves. This is usually where the brain goes during deep sleep, dreaming, or deep hypnosis. This is also the time when the body undergoes its most restorative rest.1
While the brain is resting in these deeper rhythms, the body is at work. The immune system gets boosted and the body also repairs the damage done to it during the day, including healing cuts, bruises and internal problems we may not even know about. This restorative state is also when the mind shuffles through the thoughts and experiences of the day, organizing data into short term and long term storage.1
Meditation rewires the brain by producing high-frequency brain waves that increase the ability to focus, pay attention, learn and remember what was learned. Meditation can also increase happy thoughts, improve your mood, and slow the aging process in the brain by slowing the thinning of the brain’s frontal cortex and helping to produce more brain cells. Those who meditate can experience these benefits permanently with regular practice. 2
If that’s not enough, meditation has also been found to improve long-term and short-term recall as well as academic performance in high school and college students. 3
There are several different types of meditation, but the one thing they all have in common is they are all easy to do and they all have powerful results.
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1. Stress Management for Life– Third edition, by M. Olpin and M. Hesson, (Wadsworth Cengage Learning) p. 321.
2. Benefits of Meditation: Train Your Brain, by M. Oz MD and M. Roizen MD, (Realage.com).
3. Stress Management for Life– Third edition, by M. Olpin and M. Hesson, (Wadsworth Cengage Learning) p. 325
One in five Americans don’t get enough sleep
Sleep deprevation reduces memory, impairs brain cell activity and increases risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Sleep may possibly help those suffering from PTSD
Do you ever get frustrated because you can’t find your keys?
Have you ever walked into a room and don’t remember why?
Are you ever afraid that you may be on your way to Alzheimer’s?
Here is what chronic sleep deprivation can do to you . . . .
One in five Americans chronically does not get enough sleep. The short term and long term effects can be devastating. Here are some of the latest findings on what sleep deprivation can do to you:
• Alzheimer’s Disease – Sleepiness disrupts your brain’s coordinated activity of important networks. The impaired function of these networks is implicated in Alzheimer’s.
• Memory – Not getting enough sleep plays havoc with communication to the part of your brain called the hippocampus, (which is vital for memory). These changes may weaken event recollection.
• Impaired Brain Cells – Loss of half a night’s sleep can impair and alter the normal behavior of brain cells.
• Risks to Learning and Mental Health – Brain imaging and behavioral studies are showing that sleep deprivation blocks or contorts brain pathways and poses risks to learning, memory, and mental health.
The Good News
• Help for Fearful Memories – Fearful memories can be intentionally weakened during sleep. This is hopeful for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
These are just some of the findings presented at Neuroscience 2012, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health. 1
“As these research findings show, we cannot underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep,” said press conference moderator Clifford Saper, PhD, MD, from the Harvard Medical School, an expert on sleep and its deprivation. 1
How to Help
For those of us that can’t get in the hours, try a Power Nap or meditation during the day. This kind of short, but powerful rest can help replace that sleep lost the night before.
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Learn how to meditate – we recommend “The World is Not a Stressful Place” found on Amazon.
For other information on sleep consider reading, Sleep FAQs and Do I have Insomnia, Why Bright Lights and Dark Nights are Essential for Sleep,
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-Jon Kabat Zinn
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