The other day someone asked my age and I had to do the math...THAT is how bad its getting.
I've come to the conclusion that it could be because I am getting old, but it could also be lack of sleep. So I have decided to stimulate the brain a little bit more this year by doing some brain games. I figured I'd share, so try this one out and let me know what YOUR answer is and I'll tell you if you're right!
Rod and Steve play odds-or-evens throughout the week to decide who buys beers after work on Friday. Winner gets a beer; loser buys. In a player's individual tally, however, 1 win and 1 loss cancel each other out (they keep a master tally on a bar napkin). When they arrive at the bar on Friday, the napkin shows that Rod has won 5 games of odds-or-evens but is getting no beers and has to buy Steve 4 of his favorite brew. How many games of odds-or-evens did they play that week?
Don't you just love story problems? Hated them in school and still do!
Now on the off chance that my brain is failing because of lack of sleep, I got a prescription for some sleeping aid (starts with an A). Anyhow, if you've never taken this stuff let me tell you the warning label that came on the container;
After taking A, you may get up out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing. The next morning, you may not remember that you did anything during the night. You have a higher chance for doing these activities if you drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy with A. Reported activities include:
- driving a car ("sleep-driving")
- making and eating food
- talking on the phone
- having sex
I'm not kidding this is for real what it says on the patient medication guide that comes stapled to the packaging. The reported activities kinda wanna make you take 'em huh?!?! WTH?!?!
After taking it the first couple of nights, hubby has decided that HE will hide the medicine after I've taken the dose because indeed I do get up through the night and wander around. He doesn't want me to accidentally take another dose through the night. Apparently I have texted him through the night too telling him some jibberish that he finds totally humorous, and saves in his phone for future reference to humiliate me!
But all that being said...the stuff really works and seems to help the brain a little. See I was able to figure out that little story problem above, AND I know how old I am ;)
BRAIN TRIVIA: Your brain can actually grow if you put it to use. Brain scans of cab drivers in London have shown that the hippocampus-the part of the brain that helps us navigate-is larger that that of other people.