So having just returned from a holiday which took me to the other side of the world and thus a different time zone, my days and nights have been upside down which has also effected my sleep. This is what has brought this issue of proper care of the body and brain in particular to mind as I have been having some issue with sleeping and feeling 'normal'. I decided to read through some books and look online to capture what it was I wanted to educate my self more about and then also to share with all of you. Here's some of what I found ~
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAIN
1. When you're sleeping, your brain stays awake.
2. The brain itself cannot feel pain? Headache pain is felt in the tissues,
nerves and blood vessels surrounding the brain.
3. Most people assume that vision is what your eye sees and reports to your
brain. Actually, the brain adds a great deal to the report it gets from the eye;
much what you see is "made up" by the brain.
4. A baby's brain triples its size in the first year of life.
5. Men's brains are on the average 9% bigger than women's brains. This does not
mean men are smarter than women!
6. The diameter of an individual brain neuron is four microns. This means that
30,000 neurons could fit on the head of a pin.
7. Even one night without sleep can create a deficit and generate memory
8. If you have a condition known as "synesthesia," your brain perceives letters
or numbers as having colors.
9. An elephant's brain weighs about 13 pounds, or about 10 pounds more than
10. Chances are that Albert Einstein's brain was smaller than yours, but don't
get too excited; it's only because he was physically smaller than average.
BEST FOODS & NUTRITION FOR A HEALTHY BRAIN
Eating well means thinking well. Nutrition and some food have been shown to
improve general brain health and others can help prevent or at least slow down
the effects of certain brain diseases. That's why it's important to include
these foods in your diet as often as possible.
1. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which helps fight the cell damage that can be
found in Alzheimers disease.
2. Fish has plenty of omega 3, which help maintain a healthy nervous system, and
iodine, to improves mental clarity.
3. Whole-grain foods contain folic acid, B12, B6,which all improve in memory.
4. Blueberries have been shown to improve short term memory.
5. Blackcurrants contain vitamin C, for increased mental agility.
6. Pumpkin seeds contain zinc, which enhances memory and thinking skills.
7. Fortified cereals are a good source of B12, which reduces homocysteine levels
that may contribute to Alzheimers disease.
8. Broccoli provides Vitamin K, which enhances cognitive function.
9. Sage is good for improving memory.
10. Nuts are a great source of Vitamin E, which improves memory.
INSOMNIA - WHY SLEEP IS VITAL TO THE BRAIN
As recently as 50 years ago, sleeping was considered a passive part of our daily
lives. Thanks to extensive research, we now know that your brain remains active
while you're sleeping, and that getting enough sleep is extremely beneficial
to your physical and mental health and could have an effect on insomnia.
Sleep is necessary to proper functioning of the nervous system. Some experts
claim that sleep allows the neurons (brain cells) that are extremely active
throughout the day a chance to recover. When you don't get enough sleep, your
neurons may become so depleted that they begin to malfunction. In addition, deep
sleep is related to increased production of proteins. Since proteins are the
building blocks of your body and they're also responsible for repairing
damaged cells, sleep is clearly a crucial component of your brain fitness.
Scientists around the world are still trying to learn why exactly we need sleep.
In the meantime, data collected from a series of studies is already showing how
important sleep is to our survival. Below are some of the findings that support
the notion that sleep is beneficial and that lack of sleep can damage your
1. Tests of motor skills, visual discrimination, novel-language perception and
insight formation showed that subjects who were tested during a 12-hour period
that included some sleep time showed significant improvement in performance over
those who spent a 12-hour period without sleep.
2. In another study, users were tested on a variety of neuro-cognitive tests
during a period of 14 days, in which sleep restrictions of 4, 6 and 8 hours each
night were imposed. It was found that sleeping only 4-to-6 hours a night for
just two weeks produced cognitive performance deficits in psychomotor vigilance,
working memory and cognitive throughput. These performance deficits were the
equivalent to as many as 2 nights of total sleep deprivation.
3. Partial sleep deprivation (PSD) is defined by a sleep period of less than 5
hours in a 24-hour period. Traditionally, PSD is known to affect mood and
cognitive performance, resulting in decreased reaction time, less vigilance, an
increase in perceptual and cognitive distortions, and changes in affect.
4. It was recently shown that a single night of sleep deprivation produced a
significant deficit in hippocampal activity during an episodic memory-encoding
phase, resulting in reduced retention rates. In other words, it was found that
sleep deprivation can create a deficit in the brains ability to form new
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