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Sleep boosts your brain power and memory

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Memories are pricelesss, so what can you do to hang out to those precious moments? A brain expert sums it up in one word - sleep.

The fact is, we can control our memory power. First, why do different people remember the same event differently?

Dr. Rhonna Shatz is a brain expert at Henry Ford hospital. She explains the brain is a complex system of connections and neurons.

"Ten people looking at an event will all remember different aspects, not because memories are bad, but memory is in part triggered by what's important or salient to us. It's driven by emotions."

As you take in information all day, think of it like a cluttered desk. So what do you do with all that information? Sleep on it.

"Sleep is probably one of the most under-appreciated factors related to memory," Dr. Shaz explains.

In fact, it's only during sleep that all that information gets neatly filed away, and our memories are stored.

"It's during sleep, and all the stages of sleep, that we finally solidify the memory process," she continues.

Studies show that even a map can help with recall.  The doctor tells us three things will keep boosting our memory power: aerobic exercise, socializing, and exposure to new things.

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