Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise - Benjamin Franklin. Hit the snooze button! Adequate sleep is key to a better mind, body and overall health. Studies have also constantly shown that sleep is beneficial for learning process and memory. Sleep, learning, and memory are complex phenomena that are not entirely understood. However, animal and human studies suggest that the quantity and quality of sleep have a profound impact on learning and memory. Research suggests that sleep helps learning and memory in two distinct ways. First, a sleep-deprived person cannot focus attention optimally and therefore cannot learn efficiently. Second, sleep itself has a role in the consolidation of memory, which is essential for learning new information.
Although the exact mechanisms are not known, learning and memory are often described in terms of three functions. Acquisition refers to the introduction of new information into the brain. Consolidation represents the processes by which a memory becomes stable. Recall refers to the ability to access the information (whether consciously or unconsciously) after it has been stored.
Each of these steps is necessary for proper memory function. Acquisition and recall occur only during wakefulness, but research suggests that memory consolidation takes place during sleep through the strengthening of the neural connections that form our memories. Although there is no consensus about how sleep makes this process possible, many researchers think that specific characteristics of brainwaves during different stages of sleep are associated with the formation of particular types of memory
- Research suggests that sleep plays an important role in memory, both before and after learning a new task.
- Lack of adequate sleep affects mood, motivation, judgment, and our perception of events.
- Although there are some open questions about the specific role of sleep in forming and storing memories, the general consensus is that consolidated sleep throughout a whole night is optimal for learning and memory.
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Product of the Month
Apple Cider Vinegar
As a folk remedy, apple cider vinegar has been credited with curing everything from the flu to warts. Many of its supposed benefits are unproven, but some experts think that adding a little of this sour liquid to your life may have some health benefits.
Have you heard that apple cider vinegar will help you loseweight?
The only study to test the idea in people was done in Japan. In the study, 175 obese but healthy people took either vinegar or water daily for 12 weeks. Their diets were similar. They kept food journals. At the end of the study, those who used vinegar had lost slightly more weight. On average, the vinegar group lost 1-2 pounds over the 3-month period. While apple cider vinegar probably won’t make you skinny, it does appear to help with diabetes and blood sugar control.
Carol Johnston, PhD, directs Arizona State University’snutrition program. She has been studying apple cider vinegar for more than 10 years and believes its effects on blood sugar are similar to certain medications.
Source: http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/apple-cider-vinegar- and-health#2
Recipes of the Month
Summer Green Salad with Apple and Goat Cheese Crumble
This is one of my favorite salad mix for the warmer weather. I usually mix my green with green, red lettuce and Siberian kale for a sweet earthy taste.
What we need:
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil
- 4 cups mix greens (green lettuce, red lettuce, and Siberian kale) 1 red apple, diced (preferably Gala, Pink Lady, or Fuji Apple)
- 1⁄2 cup Chevre Goat Cheese, crumbled.
- Roasted Walnut, for garnish, optional
- Serves 4
Steps, steps, steps:
- Dressing: Combine the mustard, water, honey, apple cider vinegar and virgin coconut oil in a small bowl. Seasoned with sea salt and black pepper.
- In a large bowl, combine mix greens, diced apple and toasted walnuts. Mix and toss with dressing. Add crumbled goat cheese on top. Serve immediately.