Book Review: Sort Your Brain Out

Emma De Vita reviews the new book by Dr Jack Lewis and Adrian Webster, which tells readers how to optimise their brain power

Sort Your Brain Out by Dr Jack Lewis and Adrian Webster
Sort Your Brain Out by Dr Jack Lewis and Adrian Webster

The aim of this book, according to its authors, the neuroscientist Dr Jack Lewis and the motivational speaker Adrian Webster, is to prod you into considering how adaptable the supercomputer in your skull is.

Their main objective? For us to realise that throughout adulthood we can change the very fabric of our brains to improve our performance. Don't like the way you always cave in to stress? Want to become a better decision-maker? Or learn to squeeze the most out of each day? Well, understand how the 'bio-wetware' between your ears works and you'll be able to get more out of yourself than you ever thought possible.

To begin, they offer some "brain optimisation tips" that will help your brain to fire on all cylinders: first, drink a glass of water on waking each morning - your brain can't function efficiently if it's dehydrated; second, take regular moderate exercise to keep your brain on its tiptoes. Third, avoid chronic stress by proactively setting aside 'gom' (Tibetan for meditation) time each day; fourth, get some mood-regulating UV light on your skin; and, fifth, drink a cup of coffee while you're doing it - the right level of caffeine has a positive effect on your grey matter. Anyone for a skinny latte?

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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