Menopause symptoms - hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods, sleep disturbances and mood swings - downright suck. For some women, losing their period also leaves them feeling like they're losing their mind. Are you one of them?
Forgetfulness during menopausal years is pretty normal. Tara Allmen, MD and author of Menopause Confidential: A Doctor Reveals the Secrets to Thriving through Midlife has even come up with a name for it - ‘meofog'.
According to Dr Allmen, many women complain of memory loss during menopause. Some research suggests that 60% of perimenopausal women notice unfavourable memory changes. Luckily, there are steps you can take to feel better and banish fogginess. Read on for three of them…
Three ways to fight back against memory loss during menopause
#1: Start exercising
You know that exercises triggers the release of feel-good hormones and improves your mood, but it can do a world of good for your memory, too. Every study analysed in an Australian review of research linked exercised with lower rates of cognitive decline
in postmenopausal women. So which form of exercise
is best? In the review, heart-pumping cardio workouts seemed to boost memory the most.
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#2: Get seven or eight hours of sleep a night
patterns play a huge role in the severity of your symptoms. When you’re not getting enough shut-eye, stressors and your brain are off the wall. One study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
found that older women who slept five hours or less a night had worse cognition skills than those who slept seven hours. To be on the safe side, get seven to eight hours of sleep a night, no matter what day of the week it is.
#3: Prioritise your heart health
Believe it or not, your heart and your head have a lot in common. A study in the Journal of the American Heart Association
showed that heart disease
, high blood pressure
were all linked to a higher risk of memory problems in postmenopausal women. According to the researchers, the connection likely comes down to a healthy blood flow throughout the body. Interesting!
Let us know if these top tips help improve your memory problems.
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