The brain is no doubt one of the most critical components to your health. There’s a saying that states “whatever the mind can conceive, the body can achieve”. True, as there are many instances wherein the body, despite being strong and able, simply cannot come up with a productive output when the brain is not cooperating. Here’s further evidence of the power of our brains: even if you are in a cold room, you could find yourself sweating when you get nervous or tense, the same way students perspire during an oral examination in school despite being in an air conditioned room.
Even remember the last time you found yourself day dreaming? We sometimes have this tendency to remain idle, just sitting down and not engaging in any form of activity. However, our brains seem to be functioning at full throttle. Do you know that you stand a better chance of recalling past information if you take time to rest in between your work? It’s true!
Recent studies have shown that the brain, when left idle, can actually be learning without you ever knowing it. Being idle does not only mean sitting down and doing nothing. Even when we sleep, when our brain is at rest, its capable of reviewing all the memories that happened on that day. Then, by the time you wake up, the brain has already finished processing all memories, storing important ones into permanent locations and all the while discarding the rest. After our brain wakes up, it is then ready to receive and process new information throughout the time that it is awake.
Rest good for the brain
Research by other brain scientists also revealed that people who have ample rest tend to perform better mentally than those who have less rest. The explanation is that when the brain is at rest, it is at this moment that it makes a fast review of all events that it can remember. Furthermore, it is at this stage that the brain is able to process and consolidate information better than it would have while the person is awake. One obvious reason is that when we are awake, our other senses are up and active as well, thus it may interfere with what information the other senses are feeding the brain. As an example, when we are awake, a lot of information is fed from what we see, what we smell, what we feel, and what we hear. But when we are sleeping, most of the senses are at rest as well. Therefore, the brain is up to doing reviews, without interruptions coming from the other senses.
Everyday is a new day for our brain
The brain does not cease to learn new things. To our brains, everyday is a new day to gather new information. As we reach our peak years, the learning capacity of the brain may start to slow down. Without the proper maintenance and precautions, our brain may soon be swept away with damages that lead to losing some or all of the precious memories we have.
Our brain is one sophisticated piece of “machine” that resides within our body. There are still many things that science cannot explain about our brain function, although, slowly but surely, new discoveries are being revealed from time to time. In the meantime, it helps to take advantage of whatever knowledge we have to better understand how our brain learns and functions. It is important to realize that even during idle moments, our brains are actually busy, learning new things while recalling memories. Therefore we should give our brains ample rest and not subject it to being overworked. Even a brief rest, like a short nap, can do a lot for our brains. Just like a computer processor, when the mind gets overworked, it may result in overheating. Constant overheating of the brain may have a damaging effect to the brain itself.
|The information presented is not intended to, and does not in anyway, constitute or replace a medical advice, and it should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem. The information is provided for educational purposes only, and is based upon the authors’ personal experiences or point of view. If you think you have a health problem, please consult a qualified medical professional..|