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Improving your memory is important for dream work and enhancing your life in general. These are my best tips on improving memory, focus and cognitive function.
Get in tune with the cycles of nature
The sun provides vitamin D, which supports the immune system, brain, nervous system and has other benefits. Sunshine reduces depression, increases happiness and boosts cognitive function. Exposure also increases the brain’s release of serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that is mood boosting and helps us stay calm and focused. At night or in darkness, serotonin is turned into melatonin, which promotes sleep.
Get enough sleep
We get the most restorative sleep in the first four hours of sleep. We have many cycles of sleep during the night, along with five brain wave levels. During deep sleep, the body builds tissue, fortifies the immune system and prepares for the next day. REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is when dreams occur and it increases in duration the longer you sleep. This stage of sleep is healing and just as important as deep sleep. Getting eight hours is often recommended for getting a healthy combination of restorative and REM rest.
Wake up slow
To improve dream recall after waking up, try this technique. Give yourself an extra five or ten minutes in the morning, so this doesn’t interfere with your day. When you wake up, stay in the same position in which you were sleeping. Have a clear mind and don’t think about what you need to do next. Just let thoughts, images, memories and emotions come to you. If you take the time to care about your dreams and get into this practice, more dreams will come to you.
Each time you journal, it will improve your memory. We use memory often, scanning for dreams and events that happened during the day. This is also a good way to honor memories, so more will come in the future. With practice, we’ll become better story tellers.
The good and bad of a diet
The best foods for cognitive function:
- any anti inflammatory foods
- curcumin or turmeric
- green tea
- grape juice
- dark chocolate
- coconut oil
Foods to avoid:
- refined carbs
- saturated fat
Food and drinks with caffeine can disrupt sleep, so I suggest enjoying them six or more hours before you go to bed.
My memory is wonderful!
Using positive affirmations like this will give you confidence and help bring what you want into existence. Practice these tips or choose your favorite ones to add into your routine to improve your memory and please let me know how it goes.