When was the last time you learned something that made you change the way you are, how you eat or the way you live?
The 'mistakes' the vast majority of us make are not due to a lack of knowledge, but our overriding instincts and habits. Reminds me of the quote 'Successful people are those that do what other people know they should'. I wonder how many people are successful due to something they've read. Bill Gates was always an exceptionally driven man, who didn't take a day off, not even for weekends. By that time he was a billionaire with one of the biggest companies in history. The longest living people in the World, the Okinawans, didn't get that way by trawling through scientific papers or health books, they just eat real food, mostly plants and not so much. Hara Hachi bu Read More
Our brains use over 20% of the bodys energy but makes up only 2.5% of the body weight. We lose 10,000 neurons everyday. Our diet and lifestyle is a key factor in how it recovers or degenerates.
What will decrease your mental performance and brain health the most? Read More
I love reading about how we can improve our brains but it's important to know what will actually make it worse.
'Why do we sleep?'. It's a question that has baffled philosophers and scientists for millennia. Only now are we gathering more pieces to get a better picture of this elusive biological puzzle. Everything from worms to mice need their 40 winks.
We do know that Sleep deprivation reduces learning, impairs performance in cognitive tests, prolongs reaction time. In the worst case lack of sleep can be fatal if prolonged (or enforced) long enough
A recent study from the University of Rochester has shown that sleep is literally the brain's time to 'take out the trash' Read More
OK. I’ll admit it. I suck. For the purpose of this article I’m referring to my writing ability. Everything else is open to debate
I wrote back in January (here) about resolutions and why many people fail to keep theirs. At the time I was writing reasonably regularly but was oblivious to how I was setting myself up for failure. This is not all bad though, recognising where, and why, we fall down is the best way to get back on the path we want to go down. 'A bit of humility goes a long way’ as my Mum like to say.
A study that’s been thrown around a lot recently is this one by UCL . “It takes on average 66 days to form a habit’. I don’t mean to poke a hornet’s nest, it’s been referenced so many times, but DOES IT? After reading through the study 66 days is the average for THIS report in which habits became ‘automatic’ with the range being from 18 to 284 days. Read More
My first thought that sprung to mind is “18 days to become automatic”. That’s not even 3 weeks. The habits in this study that achieved this were really small and simple such as ‘a glass of water after breakfast'. Complex exercise routines on the other hand often took months.
Water makes up 60% of the body and 75% of the brain. To say it is essential is an understatement; in fact just 3 days without water can be fatal.
Dehydration can impact five aspects of your mental performance:
1. Decreased reaction time
2. Decreased short term memory
3. Reduced attention span
4. Reduced accuracy in complex tasks
5. Increased fatigue
If you are not getting enough, it could be impacting on your career. Read More