Ever had that experience where you saw someone you know while you were out walking or shopping, but can’t remember their name quickly enough to to say hi? Then amazingly, you remember their name a short time later. You did remember their name, not just the exact moment you needed to.
This is a type of ‘memory problem’, where there is a time gap or delay in retrieving information in your brain. There is a reason why this happens and it can be a precursor to a bigger health problem, that’s why it shouldn’t be ignored.
Here are three seemingly harmless causes of memory problems you should watch out for.
Did you know that something as simple as not drinking enough water can have a negative effect on your brain health? When you are dehydrated, you are prone to headaches, a foggy brain, and a poor memory. If your brain receives less of its fluid requirements, our thought processes and your emotional stability are affected. A dehydrated brain is a shrunken brain and it’s not healthy. How much water I need to drink? You ask. Your body needs atleast 1.5 litres of water. Beverages like tea and coffee are not counted. The key is to count your glasses, and they should be 8 full glasses per day.
It’s impossible to live a life without stress. We always encounter stress factors at work, in relationships, family, and simpler things like traffic and not having enough time to work on things you need to finish. It’s easy to put stress in our fast-paced lives. We are trying to squeeze too much time into our days. You have to remember that chronic stress is a typical starting point for other health issues and memory problems. One tip to help you manage stress is to remember that you cannot always control what happens to you, but you can always control how you react to your situation.
- Sleep apnea
This sleeping disorder occurs when the soft tissues at the back of your mouth and throat relax too much during sleep. People with sleep apnea snore loudly and can wake up hundreds of times during the night, and they feel grogginess and fuzziness when they wake up. If you think you have sleep apnea, you need to know that this condition is associated with low blood oxygen levels, which means your brain is not getting enough oxygen food. This may lead to cognitive impairment overtime. If you have a partner with sleep apnea, consult with your doctor to organise a sleep study test.
Do you believe you have memory problems? What are you doing about it?