We are always looking to improve ourselves and make our lives just a little bit easier, a little bit better. Surprisingly, you can do this by making even the slightest changes in your life. In this article, we are going to look at a few of the ways you can use biohacking to improve your cognition specifically.
What Is Biohacking?
Before we get into biohacking techniques, it is important to know what biohacking is. The idea is that you change the environment around you as well as what goes inside you like your diet, for example. The point of this is to make your life better such as clearing your skin, making you healthier, or, in this case, improve your cognition.
At first glance, this might sound like what you’ve heard about for years - exercise more, eat less calories - but it isn’t. A biohacking diet is usually more complex than just eating less and usually involve carefully watching what you eat like a keto or paleo diet.
However, there is far more than just diets to biohacking, though. The focus is, really, to change things in your life that are making you feel and perform subparly. This can range from a major change - like your diet - to smaller, more subtle changes like your posture. Here, though, we are solely focused on those biohacks that will help with your cognition.
One thing that can change how you perform mentally drastically is your sleep. Not only will you be less attentive if you don’t sleep, you will also have a lower mood. Ideally, you should get 8 hours of restful sleep and wake up naturally if possible. However, this can be difficult at times.
If you want to get technological, you could use an app to track your sleep cycle and sleep time. This will allow you to see how you sleep as well as how long you sleep and generally keep track of your sleep cycle.
To actually improve your sleep, though, you can use some simple biohacks. For example, change the temperature in your room or the number of blankets you use. You can also choose to focus on internal factors such as fasting before bed. Not everything will work for everyone, though, so you might have to tweak some of these biohacks to find what works for you.
There are certain supplements that you can use to help with different aspects of your cognition as well. However, the question comes to mind, how safe are your supplements? After all, they aren’t all created equal. There are certain supplements out there that will do more harm than good.
That’s why there are a couple things to keep in mind when you are looking for supplements. The main thing, though, is to do your research. In addition, don’t depend on any supplement that is new. This isn’t the time to be an early adopter - make sure that you only use supplements with plenty of scientific evidence behind them.
Brain Training Games
You can work out your brain like you do your body. One of the easiest biohacks to do this is to play simple brain games. There are entire websites dedicated to brain games but you can also achieve the same effect with games like Sudoku or crossword puzzles.
This does a couple things, namely, it helps to improve your problem-solving skills as well as improves your attention span and memory. Not only will this help your cognition, though, it can be a fun biohack to try - especially if you try some of the more creative games that they have out there.
It has been shown that exercise is an important part of cognition. Exercising can improve your mood which, in turn, can help you focus and think more clearly. As such, making sure you exercise regularly can improve your cognition; especially when used in tandem with a healthy diet. Even something as simple as taking a yoga class can help to decrease your stress levels and, as such increase mental clarity.
Listen to Classical Music
There is something called the Mozart Effect that states that listening to classical music - like Mozart - can result in a short-term improvement of some mental tasks. As such, you might want to try listening to Mozart next time you set down at your desk to complete a task or settle in for a long study session.