A body hack is a usable technique that can make an improvement to improve a person’s life, health or mental state. These techniques are generally learned through real-life experience and are not necessarily medically recognized. Body hacks may work for some people and not for others and the only way to find out is to give them a try. Here are 5 body hacks we probably would be willing to try and one that we definitely wouldn’t.

1. Become an Early Riser

If you would like to start getting up earlier in the morning, it’s best to start off waking up a few minutes earlier for a few days, allowing yourself to get used to the change before changing to an even earlier time. Gradually wake up earlier every few days until you are waking up at the target time. Going to bed earlier, placing the alarm clock far from the bed and resolving not to go back to bed after getting up can help you get a good start as a new early riser.

2. Solve Problems in Your Sleep

Researchers say that you have the ability to problem-solve in your sleep because most memory consolidation occurs while your brain is in a resting state. Studies have shown that people who review material right before bedtime have a better chance of remembering the material and solving problems they viewed. If you are studying for a test or preparing a presentation, your best bet is to do it right before bed so that the material is more likely to be stored as long-term memory.

3. Stop the Tears

Crying in public can be inconvenient and very embarrassing, but there are things you can do to stop the flow of tears. Holding your eyes wide open without blinking can often stop tears from starting. If you have already started to cry, look upward with your eyes without tilting your head back to stop the tears. Relaxing your jaw may also help hold back the tears, but if that doesn’t work you might try gently biting your tongue to re-direct your attention to a slight physical pain until the emotional pain subsides.

4. Prevent a Hangover

There are often consequences after a night of alcoholic indulgence. Luckily, a hangover is one of those consequences you can take measures to prevent. When you consume alcohol, the ethanol increases prostaglandin formation, depletes B vitamins and magnesium, and depletes usable glucose for the brain. The basic result: You may be in a shitty mood and feel fatigued and groggy.

5. Improve Your Memory with the Link Method

Memory can be improved by developing a recall technique called the Link Method. This method helps you remember and recall information by associating it with a word or story that you can visualize in your mind. When trying to memorize a list of items or facts, a combination of word association and a story form is effective. By associating the items you are memorizing with familiar things and linking them together a memorable story is formed. Storing the information in your brain this way allows for easy recall later.

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