Being forgetful can be very annoying. You always have that feeling that something is amiss, and at the same time you feel that you should know exactly what it is. At times, you feel stupid, or when in front of people, slightly embarrassed. Most people shrug off forgetfulness. It happens only once in a while anyway. However, when forgetfulness increases in frequency, those same people can begin to panic.
Many women notice that their forgetfulness increases sometime between their mid or late thirties and their early fifties. They tend to forget what they are saying mid-sentence, and they can't remember important details that they know they should be able to remember. Details like appointments, chores, names, places, etc. Often, the first reaction is to freak out and jump to the conclusion that they are in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Does this sound familiar?
Before thinking the worst, you should ask yourself two questions. The first is “how old am I?” and second “have I noticed any other strange things happening with my body lately?” It is very likely that the answer to these questions puts you in your mid thirties to early fifties, and that you have noticed a host of other strange “symptoms” as well. In which case, you could have a perimenopause memory problem.
Though doctors initially thought that diminishing levels of estrogen were able to affect certain brain functions related to language and memory, long term studies proved them wrong. It turns out that perimenopause memory problems are an effect of the perimenopause symptoms anxiety and mood changes, as well as the stress levels most women at this stage in life feel.
When a woman is very anxious or moody (both symptoms of perimenopause) they tend to give less focus on details or present situations. The same lack of attention happens when a woman is very stressed or overworked. As a result, the brain does not get the chance to completely and fully take in and remember what is happening at present, which is why (later on) you think you've forgotten something when in truth, you really never gave your brain the chance to remember. Most perimenopause memory problems and complaints can be tied to this.
This doesn't mean you should completely rule out Alzheimer's, though. You should always ask your doctor to check on this possibility, especially if you have a history of Alzheimer's in your family. What it is saying, however, is that what your experiencing is quite common and not life threatening. Each year, tons of women have perimenopause memory problems. You aren't the first, and you won't be the last.
Despite this reassuring fact, perimenopause memory problems can still be disturbing. Because of this, women are advised to find ways and opportunities in which they can relieve themselves of stress or relax. They are also asked to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, ones high in Vitamin B, C, D, and E as well as fish, which are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients will be able to enhance brain function, and hopefully help you pay attention to details so that your brain can properly remember them.
Finally, try to stay away from excessive alcohol, anti-depressants, and sleeping pills. These factors can affect your memory, with or without perimenopause involved. You should also try to get a good night's rest every night. If you're having difficulties sleeping, start a work out routine everyday to get you tired enough by bedtime.
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