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What comes first: Sleep, Stress, or Hormones? Perimenopause Causes Brain Fog
27 Jan' 21

What comes first: Sleep, Stress, or Hormones? Perimenopause Causes Brain Fog

 

When most people think of perimenopause, they think of irregular periods and hot flashes. However, some ladies may experience a different symptom: brain fog. 

You're reading a letter when you notice your mind have wandered and you need to refocus. You can go blank when attempting to recall someone's name, or you might find yourself standing in a room, unsure of what you came there for. 
 
The good news is that these minor lapses in cognition are unlikely to cause long-term problems.
 
Brain fog may be caused by sleep disorders and stress. 
It's unlikely that your lack of focus and forgetfulness is related solely to hormone fluctuations. Sleep quality, which could be linked to night sweats during perimenopause, could certainly play a role. You may feel frazzled and distracted as a result of the increased stress that comes with this stage of life. Concentration and memory might be hampered by these factors. 
 
You may feel irritable and sluggish if you don't get enough sleep. This could explain why you can't recall what her name is: you weren't paying attention when she originally gave you her name. 
 
Stress can have a similar effect by causing your thoughts to spiral out of control.
 
What can you do to make yourself feel less hazy? If this describes you, there are certain things you can do to assist clear your head and re-engage your brain. 
 
Take it easy. When you're distracted, train yourself to identify it and take a moment to breathe and refocus on the activity at hand. If you've just learnt something new, try to locate a quiet spot to let your brain to process what you've learned. 
 
Control your anxiety. You can relax and be more present by using mindful meditation or other stress-reduction techniques. This can make it easier for you to absorb new knowledge and retain it later. 
 
Get some exercise on a regular basis. Physical activity is good for both your body and your mind. According to one study, doing moderate-intensity exercise three times a week appeared to enhance the size of the hippocampus, a brain region important in memory and learning. 
 
Enhance your sleeping patterns. If you're having trouble sleeping, work on developing tactics to assist you get more rest at night. Make modifications to your sleep hygiene, such as avoiding electronic devices near bedtime and sticking to a regular sleep schedule. If at-home remedies aren't working, speak with your doctor. 
 
Make use of memory techniques. When you were in school, did you ever utilise tiny tactics to help you remember things when you were studying for a test? The same mental tricks that helped you before can now aid you. Make create a mnemonic or a rhyme to assist you remember information, for example. Alternatively, use visual or verbal cues. Another approach to assist your brain store information more successfully is to repeat information or instructions to yourself or someone else. 
 
Know when to seek assistance. The majority of minor memory lapses are unimportant. If you're having difficulties sleeping owing to night sweats or experiencing brain fog as a result of perimenopause, talk to your doctor about possible solutions. 
 
 It's also crucial to contact your doctor if you're experiencing any of these symptoms. 
  • Hallucinations, psychosis, or delusions may accompany memory alterations that occur unexpectedly. 
  • Memory lapses, might put your safety at risk, such as affecting you're driving or forgetting food cooking on the stove.

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