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How to Get Smarter While You Sleep

Dr. Rao Suhail Yasin Khan

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According to neurologists, you should get nearly 8 hours of sleep every day. You can also make the best of those 8 hours by accomplishing things while you sleep. If you want to increase your brain power while you sleep, pay attention to what you do before you go to bed at night or take a nap. Here are some simple things you can do to get smarter while you sleep:

1-Steer Clear Of Late-night Snacking:

During an animal study, researchers from the University of California found that eating at off hours, such as the time when you should be sleeping, can mess with the protein activity which affects the circadian rhythm, as well as the hippocampus, which is the area of the brain that is responsible for memory. Instead of late-night snacking, you can try and have something a little earlier.

2-Get Some Pink Noise:

As you might have previously heard, white noise, such as the light sound made by a fan, may help you sleep better. According to researchers from Northwestern University, pink noise may boost your brain.

Pink noise is random noise that has more low-frequency components than white noise, and examples include the sound of falling rain or waterfall. The researchers observed that when participants listened to pink noise, their slow wave, deep sleep improved, which enabled them to score more on a memory test the following day when compared to the day after receiving a placebo treatment.

There are various pink noise apps available that you can download and see if this works for you.

3-Harness The Power Of Fragrance:

Certain scents can help boost your brainpower while you sleep at night. In one study, participants took part in a memory game while the room was sprayed with a rose scent. Once the participants went to sleep, the rose odor wafted in the room of one group.

The people who were a part of that group were able to recall the day’s task better compared to the other groups. According to the researchers, the olfactory system activates previous memories in the hippocampus and makes it easier to store new information.

4-Study Before Sleeping:

If you want to ensure that you do not forget what you have recently learned, you can try reviewing it before you go to bed to reinforce it. Apparently, people who revise before going to bed are better able to retain that memory 12 hours later. It seems that sleep facilitates stabilizing newly learned declarative memories.

5-Take A Nap:

According to a University of California study, people who take a nap after learning a difficult task, and undertake more learning activities later are able to perform better when compared to those who do not sleep in between. Apparently, naps help to declutter the brain, making it easier to learn and store new information.

Consult a doctor if you have been experiencing memory difficulties and changes in thinking skills. You can find and book an appointment with top neurologists in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad through oladoc.com. You can also call our helpline at 042-3250-044 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

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