First, you can try non-drug methods. Expensive vitamins that improve memory can be found in the simplest foods.
To begin with, it should be borne in mind that fast food, food with a high content of sugar and other refined carbohydrates clog the vessels of the brain and slow down its work, significantly impairing memory.
Keppra is used as part of additional therapy (to learn more about the drug Keppra can be found on the website antiepileptic-meds.com) in the treatment of:
- partial seizures with or without secondary generalization in adults and children from 6 years of age with epilepsy;
- myoclonic seizures in adults and adolescents over 12 years of age with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy;
- primary generalized convulsive tonic-clonic seizures in adults and adolescents over 12 years of age with idiopathic generalized epilepsy.
Useful substances and vitamins for the brain are contained in the following products: walnuts, red fish, mackerel, seeds, legumes, pumpkin, spinach, broccoli. Among other things, they contain a high content of omega-3 polyunsaturated acid, which is necessary for the transmission of impulses to the cerebral cortex, and also helps to improve blood supply to the brain.
Cauliflower, spinach and broccoli contain significant amounts of choline, which helps restore neurons and is especially useful for the elderly.
In red grapes, blueberries and peanuts there is a substance resveratrol, which improves blood supply to the brain. In 2008, researchers from Cornell University reported that the use of a diet with resveratrol significantly reduces the formation of plaques in the brains of animals (participants in the experiment) characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Proper nutrition also implies proper water intake. How to drink water will be written below.
It has already been written above about the dangers of chronic sleep deprivation. During sleep, there are many processes aimed at recharging brain activity, improving memory and increasing creativity. It is very important not only the quantity, but also the quality of rest. For full recovery, the brain must reach a deep stage of sleep. Compliance with the basic rules will help improve memory and brain function.
A place to sleep should be comfortable and comfortable. The pillow is not too high, so that the vessels of the neck that supply the head with blood are not squeezed.
It is better to sleep with an open window or to ventilate the room well before going to bed.
It is better to sleep in the dark and with the sources of electromagnetic radiation turned off (TV, computer, etc.). It is written about darkness for a reason. There is a hormone called melatonin, which is responsible for normalizing sleep, prolonging life, protecting against radiation, and reducing the risk of cancer. The hormone has a positive effect on the state of the nervous system: it is able to lift the mood and increase vitality, relieve stress and excessive excitability. The formation of the hormone depends on the level of room lighting during sleep. At night, 70% of the total amount is produced. The process starts at about 8 pm, its peak is at 3 am. If you turn on the light, the synthesis stops.
If there are difficulties with falling asleep, it is better to turn off the TV and computer half an hour before bedtime, do some relaxing exercises, you can take a walk in the summer. The main thing is to calm the activity of the brain so that it smoothly passes into sleep in a relaxed state. Although many people fall asleep very well under the mumbling TV. The disadvantage here is that it will work all night on round-the-clock channels, and electromagnetic radiation during sleep is not useful.
The duration of sleep is individual. For those who constantly do not get enough sleep, at least 8 hours of sleep is recommended. On weekends, you can sleep 1-2 hours more. But if you sleep too long, it also disrupts the activity of the body.
Regular physical education or sports will improve brain function, but not sports of the highest achievements, but “for health”. Strengthening the vascular system has a very positive effect on improving memory. In addition, during sports, the pleasure hormone serotonin and substances that stimulate the development of new neurons are released.
In addition to affecting memory, physical exercise also helps to prevent stress, reduce the likelihood of anxiety and depression, and stimulate well-being. This is important because the stress hormone cortisol is known to damage brain tissue. Prolonged and excessive stress due to high cortisol levels negatively affects brain functions. It has been confirmed that exercise and meditation reduce stress response and reduce cortisol levels. Meditation by the power of its impact on the work of the brain is equal to a full sleep.
The easiest way to meditate is to find a quiet, pleasant place, preferably in nature. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, relax. Breathe calmly through the nose. Concentrating on inhaling and exhaling, feel how the air moves through the nasal cavity, nasopharynx, fills the lungs. Gradually shift attention to the body, trying to feel all its parts at the same time, as a whole. Then you can concentrate first on the sounds coming from outside, then on the smells. The point is that at the moment of meditation, do not think about anything other than the subject of concentration.
Games will help the development of memory. All memory training exercises are based on memorizing something new. Therefore, you can use games, you can solve logical problems or learn a foreign language, learn to play a musical instrument or even cook new, completely unfamiliar dishes. Hobbies and needlework, chess or crossword puzzles are also useful. In general, any activities that make the “gray cells” move. But the person himself should be interested in doing this, there should be excitement.
It helps a lot to use several senses for memorization. Information that goes through several channels at the same time is not only positively duplicated, but is also better remembered due to a more systemic effect on memory. And it is also easier to remember due to the presence of more “anchors” that recall exactly this information.
Psychologists recommend the following techniques to improve memory at any age:
- write with your left hand a few lines a day if the person is right-handed;
- try to walk around the house with your eyes closed, perform simple actions, focusing on other senses;
- look at an unfamiliar drawing for a few seconds, then turn away and write down or list the details depicted on it;
- take pencils in both hands. Simultaneously draw different shapes with them: for example, the left hand draws a circle, and the right hand draws a square;
- if necessary, remember the first and last name, you can associate them with some way or previously familiar people;
- split long numbers into groups of three or four digits. Numbers can be written in memory with fire ink or correlated with any object by building a visual image.;
- when memorizing new information, it is better to correlate it with already familiar knowledge. It is also well remembered that surprises or causes strong emotions: disgust or admiration;
- in order to consolidate the studied material, it is necessary to repeat it the next day so that there is a “record” in long-term memory.