Category Archives: Brain Fitness

The Right Amount of Sleep for a Healthy Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

We have all experienced the impact of a short night’s sleep on our brain the day after. Similarly, a disrupted sleep pattern is one of the factors that affect cognitive functions as we age. But is it sleep duration or quality that matters? And how many hours of sleep does one need to function optimally after 50? Continue reading

People with More Education Recover Better From Traumatic Brain Injury

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Educated people appear to recover better from a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). This suggests that education helps protect the brain. Continue reading

Join the Most Brain-Friendly Book Discussion

SharpBrains announces what can be expected  to be a very brain-friendly book discussion about the book “The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age”. To make the book as acces­si­ble as pos­si­ble, the e-book edi­tion is avail­able this week for only $2.99 (instead of $9.95). Continue reading

Top Quotes and Free Chapter From The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

SharpBrainsGuide_3D_compressedI share the surprise and pleasure of my co-author Alvaro Fernandez at seeing what people find most inter­est­ing and note­wor­thy when reading our book. Discover here the 5 Most High­lighted Quotes in The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age. Continue reading

How to Optimize Brain Health at Any Age

Modern life places extraordinary demands on our brains. Whether your goal is to become more resilient, enhance memory, ward off Alzheimer’s disease, or simply improve mental focus to perform better at work, this how-to guide shows you exactly how to “use it or lose it.” Continue reading

What Are You Doing for Brain Awareness Week?

This week is Brain Aware­ness Week 2013, a worldwide celebration of the brain that brings together scientists, families, schools, and communities. You can check out what is happening in your area (search here). If you’d rather stay online, here are 3 good events to get you started:

Meditation Lowers Risks of Stroke and Heart Attack

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Meditation is known to help lower stress levels and boost attentional focus. A new study shows that meditation (added to usual medical care) can also impact cardiovascular health: Participants in a transcendental meditation program saw their risks of heart attack and stroke go down by 48%. Continue reading

Chocolate 101: Why It Is Good For You

By Dr. Christopher Thomas

Chocolate has it all: the taste, texture, and the aroma. This is probably why the average American consumes over 11 pounds of chocolate each year. What makes chocolate so special? Continue reading

Smoking Hurts The Brain Too

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Did you know that smoking is not only bad for your lungs but also for your brain?
A new study shows that smoking is linked to accelerated decline in memory and reasoning in people over 50. Continue reading

Walking to Keep the Brain Healthy

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

As reported recently, simple mental activities such as reading and writing can help preserve brain health.
Now another study shows that a simple physical activity like walking can do just the same. Continue reading