Author: shannon@mnamd.com

  Sleep and Your Brain   No one knows exactly why we need to sleep. But we certainly do. Some people are able to get by on less sleep than others. Randy Gardner, for instance, seems to be able to get by on very little. In 1964, as...

How to get a better night’s sleep.   First, make sure an underlying health condition is not contributing to your sleep problems. One common issue is sleep apnea, which causes inconsistent and interrupted breathing during sleep.This condition occurs commonly in adults, especially those that are overweight. One...

Smell Your Way to a Better Brain   In search of lost smells-   Scientists have described the Proust phenomenon. A memory, especially an autobiographical memory, that is sparked by an aroma is more vivid than a memory evoked by other cues, such as words, images or sounds. Essential oils- Clinical...

  What is BDNF?   BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) is a protein found in the brain, spine and nerves. BDNF helps neurons (brain and nerve cells) in several ways.    BDNF has been found to be essential in allowing neurons to thrive, grow and mature.  BDNF improves the...

Smoothies are good. They are good as snacks. They are good as dessert. From time to time they can be good meal replacements.    Why not make a smoothie that’s good for your brain?   Pour some almond milk in the blender with a fistful of ice.   Almonds have...

Leadership and the Brain   Some people are born with an abundance of leadership skills. But most people have some room for improvement. A better understanding of your own brain and its inner workings may help you become a better leader.  Reticular activating system (RAS). The RAS is a...

    The Corruptible Teenage Brain   The brain of an adolescent is no different in size or shape than that of an adult. On a standard CAT scan or MRI your brain and that of your teenage daughter would be indistinguishable. But, in terms of development, your brain...