Forming ten key habits in everyday life can reduce the risk of cognitive decline in people of all ages. Combining all of these habits can achieve maximum benefit for both your brain and body. You’re never too old to incorporate them – so start today!
The Alzheimer’s Association has come up with suggestions that could be the difference between a weak, aging brain and a strong one. Read further for tips and tricks from healthcare professionals.
- Hit the hay.
Sleep deprivation impairs brain functions such as memory and decision-making. During sleep, your brain forms connections that help you process and remember new information. A lack of sleep can negatively impact both short and long-term memory. Furthermore, your concentration, creativity and problem-solving skills aren’t up to par when you don’t get enough rest.
If your nighttime routine doesn’t allow for enough sleep throughout the night, try moving up your bedtime by 15 minutes each week until you’re getting enough sleep for your body. Adults need between seven to nine hours of rest per night to function at their best.
- Take care of your mental health.
The definition of mental illness is a health condition that changes a person’s thinking, feeling or behavior. Whether big or small, depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns can dramatically increase the risk of cognitive decline.
Talking to a trusted professional and accessing resources available to you is an immediate step to take in prioritizing not only brain health but your overall health.
Stay tuned this whole week for more information on ways to love your brain! Find updates on www.uicsl.org.