Going back to the basics is the key to better mental health in young adults, according to a recent study from the University of Otago, New Zealand. The research, published in Frontiers in Psychology in December, surveyed more than 1,100 adults between the ages of 18-25, focusing on their sleep, physical activity, diet, and mental health.
The conclusion? Getting good quality sleep, exercising, and eating more raw fruits and vegetables is crucial for good mental health and well-being
- 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.
- Regular exercise improves your mood and reduces feelings of anxiety and depression.
- Regular exercise improves blood flow to the brain and helps brain health and memory. Among older adults, it can help protect mental function