The Benefits Of Puzzles For The Brain
The Benefits of Puzzles For The Brain
Did you know, older adults who regularly partake in and enjoy word and number puzzles have sharper and better functioning brains?
Below are some of the health and well-being benefits that puzzles can have:
- They improve short-term memory
Working on a puzzle reinforces connections between brain cells, improves mental speed, and is an effective way to improve short-term memory.
- They enhance your mood
Puzzles increase the production of dopamine, a chemical that regulates mood, memory, and concentration. Dopamine is released with every success as we solve the puzzle.
- They make it easier to unwind
Although it is tempting to unwind by watching the television or by reading on a tablet, the body should avoid screen time before bed. Puzzles provide a much better opportunity to relax, making it easier to fall asleep and properly switch off.
- They improve visual and spatial reasoning
You need to look at individual parts of a jigsaw puzzle, or available spaces in a crossword puzzle and figure out how to fit the pieces or words into their space. If done regularly, this will improve your visual and spatial reasoning skills.
- They offer stress relief
By doing a jigsaw puzzle, you are getting the same benefits as if you meditated. The stress of everyday life disappears and is replaced by a sense of peace and tranquillity that lowers your blood pressure and heart rate.
- They sharpen your logic and reasoning
Puzzles are intended to exercise your brain. Crossword puzzles, riddles, word searches, and logic problems can activate different parts of your brain, helping you hone your critical and analytical thinking skills.
Why not try a puzzle with your family and see the benefits for yourself?