Memory Training Feels Like Physical Training

Yaaawwwnnnn!!!.. I just woke up from another 10 hour night sleep after training my memory hard yesterday. I’m currently taking a German class, and trying to memorize the 100 most common German words. In addition to that, I’ve been practicing number and card memorization in order to give demonstrations at my local college to recruit students for a Brain Club. The more I practice, and the harder I practice, the more I find myself feeling like I’ve been physically training - the same amount of sleep and extra calorie consumption is required. I see this as a good thing, however, since it likely means my brain is reorganizing itself to be more efficient at these techniques. Yesterday I could literally feel the upper part of the right side of my brain as it strained to develop my imaginative capabilities. Spatial reasoning needs a tune-up in my mind, it seems.
My guess is after a few more days I won’t need as much sleep, since my brain is adapting like a muscle adapts to more physical strain.
Has anyone else experienced this?

Sounds like you’ve been working your brain hard! A good break from intensive training might be in order.^^

Effects of engaging in memory practice for longer than I can handle have been states of absent-mindedness and forgetfulness of trivial/ not-so-trivial things. It felt as if my brain was indeed scattered and my mind all over the place except where I was supposed to roam in space and time…fancy that-- a scatterbrain after memory sessions, the irony of it!

The way I see it is, we all have a certain engagement capacity, once the upper limit’s exceeded, we’ll soon find the signals coming our way, telling us to stop. Other activities occupying different brainwaves (,and time,) could be useful to counterbalance that stagnant state.

Another thing I’ve noticed is when I manage to completely relax (see meditation, mindfulness, and the like) I start remembering things for no apparent reason, which surprises me.

I guess, overall, a healthier whole means a healthier and more active brain, meaning quite possibly more facilitated memory activity, so de-cluttering the brain could be a good option after rest, along with some body workouts (however mild, see qigong).

Yes, relaxation after training is vital. However, my second week of this term I trained hard, but then felt over-trained and didn’t practice again for two weeks after that. I’m going to stay consistent this time, even if it means practicing a little bit on some days, and a lot on others. My goal is to be able to train for over an hour a day. Memory Championship competitors do more than that on a regular basis in preparation for competitions.

Good luck! :slight_smile:

I just realized why it felt so difficult. I was not using the location method with real physical places. I’ve come to realize that trying to use pegs, without a real journey, is far more difficult for the brain to handle for large quantities. If you want to memorize 100 random words, for example, it is far better to place them along a journey you know well, than attach them merely to 100 peg numbers. You can first place those peg numbers in the locations, but then connect them with the image.

You’re right!

Actually, whenever I imagine something, there’s always space around (some kinda environment that spawns immediately), so I never really gave it much attention^^-- even when imaging a peg system (which I don’t quite use a lot).

Guess I missed that in your description.
Have a good one!

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My two cents: don’t try and sleep less than you can if you can. I am myself tryng to sleep an hour more than I usually do on a regular basis. It isn’t fun to lose an hour a day but all indicators suggests more is better than less. You can count that extra sleep time as memory training time because your memory really can improve during that time. And this won’t ever exhaust you!!

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