Improve Your Memory With a Good Night's Sleep

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If you need to remember something big tomorrow, for say a speech or a major test, here's what you should do today. First prepare in advance today by repeatedly reviewing the material you'll need to remember tomorrow, then go to sleep, early. A good night's sleep helps solidify the memory of what you just learned.

But it works best when you know that knowledge will be put to the test the next day. Here's how to doze off tonight and wake up smarter tomorrow. Exercise during the day but not within two hours of bedtime. Put all your electronic toys to sleep an hour before you turn in. The flickering lights from computers TVs and cellphones keeps your brain in wake up mode.

Make the room cool and dark. That tells your pineal gland to step up production of sleep inducing melatonin. While your body snoozes, your brain can get busy integrating those memories you'll need tomorrow. So you can rise and shine, and succeed. I'm Dr. Miller. For more ways to boost you're memory, watch all our smart tips.