LoveYourBrain Retreat

LoveYourBrain Tip From Kevin: Sleep

SLEEP

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BRAIN HEALTH | 5.6.2019 | BY KEVIN PEARCE, written by SHILO ZELLER, BSc.

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Is there anything better than a good night’s rest? In the early stages of my healing, getting enough sleep was key to helping me feel better. Whenever I don’t get enough sleep, my brain and body feel like they have to work a lot harder to just keep up with everything going on around me.

Not only is sleep a necessary function for humans, but it also plays a key role in memory consolidation and learning. During the day a lot of memories are being created, however, we need sleep in order for these memories to transfer from the hippocampus to more permanent places. For example, if you learn a new word, it is held in your hippocampus (memory center) and then eventually makes its way to your language centers for permanent storage.

I feel that the reason why I like meditation so much is because it gives my brain the same break that sleep does. It’s a bit like a reset button that allows me to pause and reflect on my day while getting prepared to tackle the next days tasks and events.

In order to keep your brain functioning at its optimal capacity, make sure you’re getting enough z’s every night.


Behind The Mask Of #GiveCommunity

BEHIND THE MASK OF #GIVECOMMUNITY

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COMMUNITY STORIES | 11.23.2016 | BY LOVEYOURBRAIN

Surrounded by other TBI survivors with open hearts, open minds, and open arms was the single greatest experience I have had since my accident.  LYB brought us, the BrainFarmers, together and put us on the road to recovery by sharing our struggles with others experiencing the same speed bumps.  The best gift that I wasn't even aware that I needed." -Hannah Deene

Surrounded by other TBI survivors with open hearts, open minds, and open arms was the single greatest experience I have had since my accident.  LYB brought us, the BrainFarmers, together and put us on the road to recovery by sharing our struggles with others experiencing the same speed bumps.  The best gift that I wasn't even aware that I needed." -Hannah Deene

As the year comes to a close, we ask that you join us in cultivating love and harvesting resilience for our community and our world. This holiday season, we are aiming to create awareness and fundraising for our LoveYourBrain Retreats, which bring members of the TBI community together in the spirit of love and resilience. By the end of the year, our goal is to raise $25,000 to allow us to offer multiple retreat programs per year. Hitting this benchmark will support 25 people with TBI to attend a week-long retreat and experience the benefits of yoga, meditation, group discussion, and other healing activities such as the beautiful mask project you see here. 

The mask project you will see throughout the end of the year was designed to help remind us to value who we truly are, to confront the layers that no longer serve us, and to find the courage to let them go. This project helps embody the invisible injury, to bring to light what can't be seen, and to remind us that what truly matters isn't always what shows on the outside. Join us to #GiveCommunity this year so we can cultivate these retreats and these experiences to enrich more lives of those affected by brain injury. 

Give now to help us #GiveCommunity this Holiday Season by clicking here!