Get Enough SleepDo you get enough sleep at night? The National Institute of Aging under the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services states that adults and older adults need about 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you find yourself not getting the recommended amount, it may be time to change your nightly ritual. Your habits before going to bed are crucial to getting a good night’s rest, and below are a few suggestions to help:
- Get a regular sleep schedule started
- Avoid naps during the day, if possible
- Don’t eat large meals too close to bedtime
- Try not to use electronics in the bedroom
Try Brain FoodsWho knew that trying different foods could be helpful for your brain development? We are what we eat, and the food we ingest can be beneficial for our overall health. There are foods associated with helping specific areas of your body, but when it comes to cognitive health, you won’t have to make drastic changes to your diet to boost brain and memory health.
- Fatty fish – they contain omega-3 fatty acids (also found in the brain)
- Coffee – Yes! Your morning coffee helps, just watch your sugar intake
- Turmeric – helps brain cells grow
- Dark chocolate – contains antioxidants and tastes great!