Can exercise help short-term memory?

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Question from PGEvans: Is there any research demonstrating that physical exercise improves short-term memory?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. At this point in time, I'm not aware of physical exercise improving short-term memory. If someone is exercising regularly, one is more likely to sleep better, and that may help someone's memory due to better sleep.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. For people who are having difficulty sleeping, avoid alcohol. While it may help you go to sleep initially, you're more likely to wake up during the evening. Also, alcohol can interfere with your ability to think and remember well.

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