Easy Memory Improvement Exercise

If you’ve had a busy day, your mind and your thoughts are very likely in overdrive well into the evening, even as you are trying to fall asleep. There’s an easy memory improvement exercise that gets you to slow down and intentionally recall the details of your day. This exercise has a variety of benefits including better [Read more...]

Rest After Learning

When was the last time you were in a seminar or a training session, and the instructor said, “Sit back. Close your eyes for 10 minutes and rest”? It has probably never happened since most session planners try to cram in as much information as possible. Research tells us that taking a rest after learning something increases retention [Read more...]

Connection Between Sleep and Memory Improvement

Much to our surprise here at Improving Your Memory Techniques, a recent study has suggested that the connection between sleep and memory improvement isn’t the same for all age groups. Many earlier studies have recommended sleep as an aid to improving memory. Now it appears that sleep is more essential to [Read more...]

Relaxing Ways to Improve Memory

Where is it? Where is it?
Can’t find it. Can’t find it.
It’s got to be here. It’s got to be here.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a few relaxing ways to improve memory? Better than the vicious “I can’t find it” cycle. You know the one I mean. You can’t remember where you filed your report that’s due tomorrow, where you parked your car, or where you left your wallet. Now you start [Read more...]

How to Strengthen Your Memory

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could learn a piece of music or another language while we slept? If you want to know how to strengthen your memory, the key appears to be in running a [Read more...]

Can Lack of Sleep Affect Your Memory?

In this video, sleep expert Dr. James Maas shares a long list of consequences associated with shortened sleep. Some of them may surprise you. “Can lack of sleep affect your memory?” Several items on his list address this question — but then, you’ve probably already guessed at the answer.

Can Lack of Sleep Affect Your Memory?


Can lack of sleep affect your memory? Yes, it appears that getting enough sleep is vital for good brain functioning — including your ability to remember things.

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Napping Improves Memory

It would be wonderful if here in North America we could adopt the practice every day of taking time off for an afternoon siesta, as is common in a number of places around the world. Why? Well, it turns out that along with other health benefits, napping improves memory.

While we’re napping, the brain is hard at work problem-solving, sorting and filing, and making connections. Here is an interesting article.

Napping Improves Memory

Napping Improves Memory

Napping Improves Memory

Several recent studies strengthen the connection between sleep and learning.

Reactivate and reorganize. A 2010 Harvard study suggested that dreaming may reactivate and reorganize recently learned material, which would help improve memory and boost performance. In the study, volunteers learned to navigate a complex maze. During a break, some were allowed to nap for 90 minutes, others weren’t. When the volunteers tackled the maze again, only the few who dreamed about it during their naps did better.

Shorter naps. In another Harvard study, college student volunteers memorized pairs of unrelated words, worked on a maze puzzle, and copied an intricate figure. All were tested on their work, and half were allowed to nap for 45 minutes. During a retest, napping boosted the performance of volunteers who initially did well on the test, but didn’t help those who scored poorly the first time around.

Micro naps. For many people, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to find 45 minutes to nap. In a German study, a six-minute snooze helped volunteers recall a list of 30 words they had memorized earlier.

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So it appears that the length of the nap doesn’t really matter. Even short napping improves memory. No wonder it’s often referred to as a power nap! Give it a try.

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How Will Pulling an All-Nighter Affect My Exam Results?

You’re behind in your studying and you’re short on days before the final exam. You can’t possibly cover all the material in time. Something has to give.  As you consider giving up sleep before the exam, you wonder, “How will pulling an all-nighter affect my exam results?” Apparently, quite badly.

How Will Pulling an All-Nighter Affect My Exam Results?

Unfortunately, that may be one of the worst ways to prepare, according to UT professor Russell Poldrack, who studies memory, learning and how we acquire new skills.

“Getting a good night’s sleep is probably the most important thing,” he said. “It’s a really important way that memories get transformed in the brain.”

In other words, walk into a test feeling like a zombie, and you’ll likely perform like one.

There are better techniques you can use to positively impact your memory, and as a result, your exam results.

A better way to prepare for the final is to continually test yourself.

How will pulling an all-nighter affect my exam results?

How will pulling an all-nighter affect my exam results?

“The act of retrieving something from memory is actually one of the most powerful ways to get it to stick in memory,” Poldrack said.

Additionally, Poldrack suggests that your surroundings can make a huge difference as to how well you can recall information. A classic study performed by D.R. Godden and A.D. Baddeley of the University of Stirling placed subjects either on land or in SCUBA suits underwater and asked them to learn a list of words. When tested, the ones who learned the words on land performed better on land and those who learned them underwater performed better underwater. As such, it may be more effective to study in a library or classroom setting that’s similar to where you’ll be tested rather than curled up in bed.

Read the entire article here.

Now you have the answer to your question, “How will pulling an all-nighter affect my exam results?” So the  next time you’re preparing for an exam, plan ahead, use the suggestions in this article, and don’t figure if all else fails you can always stay up all night. Not a good idea.

What effects have you noticed on your memory and exam results when you’ve stayed up all night? Tell us in the comment section.


Sleep Interruptions Create Memory Problems

In a new study researchers discovered that sleep interuptions create memory problems.

The study, described in My Health News Daily, involved a group of healthy adults and a group with mild sleep apnea. (When people suffer from sleep apnea, they experience pauses in their breathing during sleep that can cause them to wake up many times during the night.)

Sleep Interruptions Create Memory Problems

Scientists divide the memory process into three main stages: encoding, consolidating and retrieving. The consolidation of memories includes stabilizing and storing them for the long term.

Study participants learned a motor task in the evening in which they typed the same sequence of five numbers over and over again. The researchers said the healthy and the sleep apnea groups learned the task equally well; both became more accurate and faster at typing the sequence over time.

After a night’s rest, and with no additional training, the healthy participants showed a 14 percent improvement in their task accuracy and speed. However, the sleep apnea patients showed almost no improvement, and some did worse than the day before.

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sleep interruptions cause memory problems

In this article, we learned that one of the reasons we experience memory problems is that new information sometimes doesn’t get a chance to be fully consolidated during sleep.

There’s nothing worse than getting up with that overwhelmingly drowsy feeling after an interrupted night’s sleep.  Now we know that a bad night’s sleep contributes to memory problems too. We may not be able to do much about it, but being aware of it helps us cope just a little bit better.

Have you noticed that sleep interruptions create memory problems? Share your experiences in the comments area below.