Forgetfullness in young persons
Memory lapses can be aggravating, frustrating and even embarrassing. It is also slightly nerve-racking, given that several people struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. But the truth is that occasional memory blips in your20s, 30s, and 40s rarely signal a serious problem.
It’s typically more about distraction and how much information the human brain can handle at one time. All the complexities of life make it easy, in any one day, toforget something. In other words, if you’re distracted by a screaming child or bills or a nearby television while you’re reading a novel, you’re probably not making memories properly and thus may have difficulty recalling characters, plot twists and other details.
For memory to become strong, repetition is important. When you are working on too many things at a time, enough consolidation of memory is not happening. To manage stress and time, take many short breaks during the work day. If you are taking a break every three hours, break up your tasks and targets accordingly.
Some more reasons for forgetfulness can be:
- Lack of sleep: Not getting enough sleep is perhaps the greatest unappreciated cause of forgetfulness. Too little restful sleep can also lead to mood changes and anxiety, which in turn contribute to problems with memory.
- Medications: Tranquilizers, antidepressants, some blood pressure drugs, and other medications can affect memory, usually by causing sedation or confusion.
- Underactive thyroid: A faltering thyroid can affect memory (as well as disturb sleep and cause depression, both of which can be causes of forgetfulness). A simple blood test can tell if your thyroid is doing its job properly.
- Alcohol: Drinking too much alcohol can interfere with short-term memory, even after the effects of alcohol have worn off. Although “too much” varies from person to person, it’s best to stick with the recommendation of no
more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one a day for women. One drink is generally defined as 1.5 ounces (1 shot glass) of 80- proof spirits, 5 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of beer.
Stress and anxiety: Anything that makes it harder to concentrate and lock in new information and skills can lead to memory problems. Stress and anxiety fill the bill. Both can interfere with attention and block the formation of new memories or the retrieval of old ones.
Depression: Common signs of depression include a stifling sadness, lack of drive, and lessening of pleasure in things you ordinarily enjoy. Forgetfulness can also be a sign of depression—or a consequence of it.
Tips to keep mind healthy:
- Play games against the clock: play timed games
- Learn how to remember: use planners, notes to effectively remember
- Make social connections: engage with family and friends
- Develop a purpose: positive attitude and a greater sense of purpose
Exercise daily, get enough sleep, learn to relax and eat well. People with healthy bodies also tend to have a healthy memory.