It’s natural for us to forget things. Between short-term memory (also known as “adjudicative memory” if you want to impress your friends), and long-term memory, our brains are constantly working to help us sort and store the things which we need to function. However, there is a quick and easy way to strengthen parts of your long-term memory. In fact, it’s so simple that you can do it in your sleep.
Procedural Memory – The Basic What and Why
Long-term memory breaks down into two different types of memory, which each serve a different function: procedural memory and declarative memory.
Declarative memory is the memory which stores hard information. It helps us to remember our life experiences and “general world knowledge,” i.e. facts, ideas, meanings, and concepts. Declarative memory is what tells you that a cat is a cat, that the cat is yours, and that your cat loves you (when it’s feeding time).
Procedural memory is a little more complex. More specifically, it helps you with things like how to drive, how to deliver that important presentation, how to play sports or games, and even how to tie your shoes. Anything that you need to learn and practice to do is honed by procedural memory. As we always say, practice makes perfect. But what we don’t always know is how sleep solidifies that practice for us so that we can access it in the future.
How Sleep Can Help
Harvard researcher Dr. Robert Stickgold states that when you get a good night’s rest, your brain packs together everything you learned over the course of the day into your procedural memory and makes it easy to access.
So for those of us who do not have photographic memory, how to we assist this procedural memory that so empowers us to learn and live better? Of course, the easiest solution is to sleep more. An increase in sleep means an increase in REM time which leads to better memory consolidation and et cetera. Sometimes though, getting a good night’s sleep can be tough. Stress can lead to tossing and turning, or even sleepless nights. We would therefore like to recommend Super Good Stuff’s REM Sleep Plus, which provides a natural way to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and get that REM goodness that your memory craves to keep on trekking. Plus, it supports adrenals and stress while getting your zzz’s. The DHEA/Pregnenolone in REM Sleep Plus improves memory function, 5-HTP makes tryptophan to support the body to sleep restfully and the patented delivery system requires less melatonin. All proven ingredients your brain will thank you for!
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