For all those people out there who are constantly scratching their heads, trying to remember where exactly that one amazing Thai place was that they went to that one time, I have good news for you: Science has given us the latest memory improvement hack, and not only is it extremely effective, it requires little to no effort on your part.
According to BBC, multiple studies show that one of the best ways to remember something is to simply rest after you’ve learned the new information, and to have “minimal interference” — aka no distractions — so that your brain has the time to fully absorb the information you were just given. In other words, you now have full license to take 10 to 15 minutes of quiet time (cat nap, anyone?) after a big meeting or a midterm-studying marathon.
Actively resting is so powerful in improving your ability to learn and remember something that scientists are starting to use this approach in treating people who have Alzheimer’s or dementia, according to BBC.
The benefits of undisturbed rest as a means to boost memory aren’t necessarily a new discovery. For over a hundred years, there’s been scientific proof that taking distraction-free time to yourself after learning something increases the likelihood of it sticking. But various lines of research over the years have differed in specifying what exactly “active resting” has to look like, and to what extent it can help you improve your memory.