You Snooze, You Win: Boost Your Brain!

Dad sleeping with babyA good night’s sleep is one of the best brain boosts. It’s crucial for your brain to function properly. Sleep deprivation may negatively impact your cognitive function, your mood, your judgement and even your waistline! Isn’t that enough incentive to ensure you get adequate rest?

According to Dr. Mark Mahowald, a Professor of Neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, a night of lost sleep has the same effect in simulated driving tests as illegal high blood-alcohol levels. Another study indicates that lack of sleep leads to brain shrinkage in the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes. And it destroys brain cells. Yikes!

So what’s a good amount of Zzz’s? Sleep is divided into four phases. Deep sleep or stage IV sleep is vital to brain function. As we get older, we generate less deep IV sleep and it’s probably no coincidence that our cognitive skills change as well.

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) is the part of sleep when we dream and we are actually paralyzed. 25% of our sleep is in the REM stage. Researchers believe that during REM, your brain selects the most important bits of information that it has processed throughout the day.

There’s still debate on how much sleep we need but on average, most people need 7 to 8 hours per night, some require less and others more. Ultimately, our brains need deep sleep and REM to function properly. Unfortunately, many suffer from insomnia. Your ability to get a good night’s rest can be impacted by stress, anxiety, pain, medication and interpersonal conflicts and medication. Luckily, sleep is a learned behaviour and you can change it.

5 Tips for Better Zzz’s

  • Reduce your caffeine intake
  • Increase your physical activity
  • Use a blue light filter app
  • Listen to calming music
  • Meditate

Another way to relax your brain before catching some Zzz’s is to play a fun, fast Fit Brains game. Using Fit Brains for just 5 minutes a day can keep your brain challenged!

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The Fit Brains Team

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Spring Clean Your Diet!

Fruits and VegtablesGoodbye Winter, Hello Spring! What better time than now to spring clean your diet? Out with winter’s carb heavy staples and in with spring’s fresh in season fruits and veggies! You are what you eat. Studies show that certain foods are good for your brain. So load up on some superfoods for better cognitive function.

This Season’s Super Brain Foods

Apples, blueberries, asparagus, broccoli, spinach and apricots are in season right now and are full of nutrients good for your brain. A healthy diet = a healthy brain. Remember, the more colorful the produce, the more rich it is in vitamins and minerals! Rule of thumb? Try to include 2 – 3 different colors in your meals.

Rejuvenate your mind this Spring. Playing Fit Brains’ fun smart neuroscientist-designed games is a great way to stimulate your brain. Tip: Play on any web browser at Fitbrains.com or train-on-the-go with our app.

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Introducing our New Game, Something Similar!

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We’re excited to introduce our fun New Game of the Month, Something Similar! And, we’re celebrating our launch by giving you FREE access for a limited time to this exclusive PREMIUM web game. From now through April 24, you can play for free. Delight and challenge your logic! Do you have what it takes to set the top score? Bet you’ll love it!  Try Something Similar now.

How to Play

Select 2 shapes that share something in common: same shape, color, or pattern. Remember speed counts too! This game challenges your ability to compare essential information in dissimilar objects.

What You’ll Train

Something Similar was designed to stimulate your ability to quickly switch between different kinds of information, something we do frequently. It’s a key skill required to perform well in your daily life.

Spring into action this season. Try Fit Brains new game Something Similar
game today.  Sign up for our FREE TRIAL or login to your account!  You’ll have fun while you
stimulate your brain!  Don’t wait, Guess Who is only free to play through April 24th!

Do Your Brain A Favor And Quit Your Job!

How a new job can give your brain a boost!

Quit your job! Quit your job? Bold advice, but according to some experts, it might be what your brain needs!  However, before you start picturing yourself in sweatpants with a remote in hand, the story does not end by quitting your job only to laze away your days. Sorry to disappoint. Let’s rephrase this.  Quit your job and get a different job!  But wait, why should I quit a job that I know how to do and am perfectly good at only to have to learn a new job?  Because doing something new and challenging for your brain is good for it.

A recent article published in The Atlantic Magazine, presents the case for how quitting your job in order to challenge yourself with a new job that comes with new training and new skills can help keep your brain challenged and stimulated, which is good for your brain (and your satisfaction with life in general) in the long run.  While it sounds intimidating (not to mention a lot of work to quit one job only to find another one), according to the article, “But, if you want to thrive in the years ahead, a new challenge, and a new purpose, may be the things your brain needs most.” (Hagerty, 2016) Experts suggest that for many adults, this challenge and purpose can come from their job.

Don’t have a job?  Learning a new skill in general, or taking up a new hobby are other ways you can keep your brain active, challenged and engaged!  Tennis lessons, piano lessons, or a new language, are just a few examples of hobbies that can give you a new lease on life and stimulate your brain too.

Fit Brain’s own Dr. Paul Nussbaum is one expert interviewed for the article.  The author writes, “Paul Nussbaum, a neuropsychologist and co-founder of the brain-training company Fit Brains, notes that after you have mastered a skill, be it balancing the company’s books or (in my case) writing a four-minute radio story, that skill becomes ‘overly learned.’” Nussbaum acknowledges the challenge and stress that can come with learning a new skill, but reassures that “Soon, however, you will develop new neural circuits, and your brain will thank you for the effort.” (Hagerty, 2016)  

So, even if you aren’t inspired to quit your job just yet, we hope this can inspire you to find a way to keep purpose and challenge in your life.  You’ll feel better and so will your brain!   And, if you want to challenge and entertain your brain with much less commitment, try a FREE TRIAL of Fit Brains fun brain games!  Fit Brains games will give your brain “smart” entertainment. Challenge your Memory, Focus, Logic, Speed of Thinking, Language and Visual-Spatial Recognition skills with a Fit Brains FREE TRIAL!

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Reference: Hagerty, Barbara Bradley. (2016) “Quit Your Job”. The Atlantic Magazine. 317(3), 22-24.

Introducing Our New, Fun Brain Game, Guess Who!

We’re excited to introduce our brand new brain game, Guess Who! Delight and challenge your memory! Even better, Guess Who is an exclusive PREMIUM game but to celebrate, you get to play for FREE for 2 weeks!  Start your adventure now!

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How to Play Guess Who?

Memorize these names and faces. Can you remember these faces and set the top score? Play on any web browser at Fitbrains.com or train-on-the-go with our app. This fun memory game will stimulate your ability to remember faces and the names, an important skill for networking and socializing with others.

So what are you waiting for?

Try Fit Brains new Guess Who game today. Sign up for our FREE TRIAL or login to your account!  You’ll have fun while you stimulate your brain and exercise your memory skills!  Don’t wait, Guess Who is only free to play through March 25th!

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Your Brain. It’s what your Valentine wants most!

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Your Brain In Love

Valentine’s Day. Love or loath it? Whatever your feelings are, they come from your brain and not your heart! That’s right, when you are attracted to someone it’s really driven by chemicals in your brain!  

At first, the sex chemicals testosterone and estrogen kick off what we call “lust” for someone.

A trifecta of brain chemicals affect your mood: dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Dopamine, the feel-good, can’t-get-enough, neurotransmitter gets released during the initial ‘I met someone, ooh you’re kinda cute’ stage. The heart racing, butterflies in your stomach, palms sweating early dating phase is due to norepinephrine. It’s responsible for infatuation and excitement. Ever found yourself thinking about your love interest 24/7? That’s due to serotonin.

And when we fall in love, dopamine gets released and makes you crave your love interest. The part of the brain that lights up with cocaine addiction, also lights up with love. It’s no wonder star-crossed lovers are willing to die for each other! In fact, the love drive is stronger than the sex drive! Love is addictive but like drugs, the love high becomes less strong over time. That’s why people can also fall out of love after a few months.  If you do stay together you can thank the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin, which when released can make you feel more attached and committed to your partner.

Did you know your brain can also be one of your most attractive assets when you are trying to find that perfect partner?

For all you single men out there, most women want their other half to be equally intelligent, according to an annual Singles in America survey. No mimbos wanted. And, men also want a partner who’s smart and ambitious.  So, forget primping and priming for Valentine’s day. Instead, let your brain do its thing for you!

Need some extra brain stimulation to impress that Valentine?  If you need to give your brain some extra challenge and entertainment, try Fit Brains fun brain games!  And, you can take advantage of our special Valentine’s offer of 60% off a premium subscription, including gifts! 

With Fit Brains you get:

* 50+ fun, addictive (in a good way) games
* 20 Web ONLY games available on Fitbrains.com
* Emotional intelligence training in addition to cognitive training
* Personalized workouts anytime, anywhere

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Introducing a new Brain Game, Secret Symbols!

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We are excited to introduce our brand new brain training game, Secret Symbols!  Have fun while you challenge your brain’s ability to maintain focus and attention!  Even better, Secret Symbols is a PREMIUM game but to celebrate its launch we are making it FREE to play for a limited time!  From now through February 15, you can get a free pass at exercising your focus and attention with our latest game!

How to Play Secret Symbols?

To play this game, find the one unique symbol among the other shapes. To succeed in this game you need to be able to identify inconsistencies, and focus on the most important information at hand.  And, don’t forget, speed counts too! How fast do you think you can find the unique symbol?

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So what are you waiting for?

Try Fit Brains new Secret Symbols game today when you sign up for our  FREE TRIAL!  You’ll have fun while you stimulate your brain and exercise your focus and attention skills!  Don’t delay, Secret Symbols is free to play through February 15!

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