Forgetfulness and Perimenopause
Forgetfulness and memory impairment are common during perimenopause. The experience of suddenly not being able to remember the simplest of things can be incredibly frustrating for most. Hormonal changes, lack of sleep, and stress are linked to forgetfulness. Here are some strategies to help improve forgetfulness in perimenopause.
How to Improve Forgetfulness
- Prioritize good sleep: As mentioned earlier, sleep plays a crucial role in memory consolidation. Make sure you are getting enough sleep each night and establish a regular sleep routine.
- Exercise regularly: Exercise can help improve cognitive function, including memory, by increasing blood flow to the brain and releasing endorphins. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
- Manage stress: Chronic stress can affect cognitive function and memory. Practice stress management techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga to reduce stress and promote relaxation.
- Improve diet: Eating a healthy and balanced diet can help support cognitive function and memory. Focus on whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, and limit your intake of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.
- Brain games and puzzles: Engaging in activities that challenge the brain, such as puzzles or memory games, may help improve memory and cognitive function.
- Use memory aids: Consider using memory aids, such as to-do lists, calendars, or reminders on your phone, to help you remember important information.
- Hormone therapy: For some women, hormone therapy helps with perimenopausal symptoms. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if hormone therapy is right for you.
While forgetfulness is a common symptom in perimenopause, it’s important to take it easy on yourself. Seek professional help, if necessary. If you are experiencing persistent forgetfulness or memory problems, speak with your healthcare provider to rule out any underlying medical conditions and to discuss strategies to improve memory and cognitive function.
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-Written by Paavana Varanasi