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Pandemic stress impairs the brain’s interlocking tree branches. You can restore them

KCRW, Jan. 11, 2022 (Audio)

January 11, 2022

Pandemic stress impairs the brain’s interlocking tree branches. You can restore them

“When we have a brief stress, … planning for, say, a wedding or an event, that’s okay. … The problem arises when you have very prolonged levels of stress,” … explains [Professor] Michael Yassa, director of UC Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. “And the longer that we’re in that stress state, the longer that the brain is in this compromised or problematic state.” Yassa says people must create a healthier lifestyle …. “Chief among them, I would say sleep and exercise would be the top two. If we can master those … then we’re really doing like 90% of what we need to do.”