Saturday, November 2, 2013

How Stress Affects Memory

Stress is now linked to memory loss. Researchers have found that stress can destroy our brain’s synapses which seems to be the main cause of memory problems.

More specifically, stress negatively impacts the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex areas in the brain. Instead of loss of memory being a function of aging, it may be coming from the stress that’s going on in your life.

Some interesting research done several years ago found that when people meditated regularly they experienced lower levels of stress and over time their hippocampus membrane actually increased in thickness.

Other ways to reduce your stress and keep your brain functions include exercising, socializing with friends, keeping doing what you love to do, and sleeping well. So…reducing your stress is up to you!

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