Friends who know me well, know that I think I’m losing my memory. I joke about it often… but I actually do think I’m losing it!
I’ve mentioned it to my doctor, who explained it to me as being related to sleep-deprivation and pregnancy hormones. My son, Jackson, did not sleep through the night until recently, so it’s possible that lack of sleep is truly the cause… but I still suspect something bigger. This has been going on for much longer than that.
Last year, my New Year’s Resolution, was to use (OMG I just forgot what it was called… I’m not even kidding…Googling now…) Lumosity. Lumosity is what I resolved to do every day to try to build up my memory.
Anyway that lasted for a few months. Usually whenever I was supposed to be going to bed, I would play brain games using the Lumosity app on my phone… exactly what sleep experts say you shouldn’t do right before you go to bed. But then, well, I sort of forgot about it.
I tried eliminating caffeine, reluctantly, and am now down to one small cup of coffee each morning.
I’ve taken many online memory tests like this one, after hearing this episode about memory on radiolab. I’m little obsessed with these online tests, actually. Usually my test results are just a little below average.
A few years ago, I read Moonwalking With Einstein, a book about a journalist who decides to train for the USA Memory Championships (yes, there is such a thing!). This helped a bit… but not that much… because, of course, I quickly forgot most of the tricks.
What else can I do? Books to read? Articles? Ideas? Anyone? Anyone?