Top 6 Reasons Why You Re Forgetful

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Top 6 Reasons Why Youre ForgetfulByDaily Health PostApril 16, 2014Did you forget where you put your keys again?Maybe you cant remember what you ate for dinner yesterday.Memory loss is a familiar problem for many people. You might think that poor memory is just a product of getting older. For some people this is the case. For many, bad memory is the sign of other problems.Its best to consider these common reasons for bad memory before you write your memory loss off as a sign of old age. It doesnt matter how old you are. These factors play a role in everyones ability to remember things.1. DepressionDepression is a leading cause of memory problems. When you get depressed, its difficult to concentrate. Lapses in concentration prevent your brain from recalling experiences and can even hurt you ability to store them in the first place.An analysis of scholarship on depression and memory loss was published in thePsychological Bulletin[1]. Researchers stated depression is linked to particular aspects of memory and that the linkage is found in particular subsets of depressed individuals. Not all depressed people experience memory loss, but studying your own depression may still be one of the self-assessment tools you can use to determine if it is a root cause.2. Emotional ProblemsEmotional issues, particularly the inability to express true emotions and the tendency to hide feelings out of fear, shame, or feelings of pride can result in memory loss and poor recall ability. People who are experiencing these emotional problems frequently lose touch with their feelings and thoughts.One recent analysis determined that memory and emotion are almost inexplicably linked[2]. Scientists understand the link between a myriad of emotional problems, but more research is needed to uncover the true mental processes that drive the link.3. DrugsRecreational drugs and illegal substances can alter cognitive processes and disrupt chemical and neurological pathways that promote proper memory retention. Many drugs effect the hippocampusthe area of the brain that controls cognitive function. Numerous studies on recreational drug use have declared drugs cognitive impairers.MDMA or Exstasy is one of the worst destroyers of memory. Current studies have found that MDMA dustups serotonin neurotransmission, altering pre-synaptic serotonin neurons[3]. Researchers claim a strong link between neurons altered by MDMA and memory impairment.Special:The 5 WORST Foods You Can Eat For Your Brain4. Excessive Alcohol IntakeModerate alcohol consumption does not hurt your memory. High levels of intake over long periods of time might not be a problem either. Scientists have used the rodent model to determine that alcohol in excessive levels causes neurodegeneration in the hippocampus.Some studies argue that these findings dont correlate to humans[4]. Research is unclear on the long term effect of alcohol. What is clear is that alcohol can impact the ability to form memories. Consider this recent article from theNational Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism[5].This is what you experience if you have ever had a drinking blackout.5. Thiamine DeficiencyThiamine is a nutrient that metabolizes food and converts it into energy. Its one of the B-Vitamins. In addition to regulating the transfer of food to energy, it also maintains normal function of the central nervous system.Analysis published inBehavioral Brain Researchdetermined that, in the rat model, low levels of thiamine produce cognitive impairment and memory deficits[6]. If you are experiencing memory problems, be sure to get enough B-vitamins and thiamine.6. Lack of SleepLack of sleep might be one of the leading contributors to memory loss. Researchers dont completely understand the process of sleep. Psychologists and scientists writing for theAnnual Review of Psychologyhave had a breakthrough in sleep research.They argue that many studies point to the sleep process as a vital part of memory encoding, consolidation, and overall memory creation[7]. Without sleep, none of these processes can happen and memory loss is the result.Alert:The 5 WORST Foods You Can Eat For Your Brainsources: [1] http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1995-21418-001 [2] http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=search.displayRecord&uid=2004-00069-000 [3] http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s002130050057#page-1 [4] http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1974-00590-001 [5] http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-2/186-196.htm [6] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0166432894001629 [7] http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.psych.56.091103.070307AROUND THE WEBGet daily health tips and inspiration straight to your inbox!Join Us!Previous Post:8 Incredible Benefits Beetroots Can Offer YouNext Post:Do This To Reduce Your Chances of Early Death by 42%by TaboolaPromoted ContentMORE FROM DAILY HEALTH POSTYOU MAY LIKE4 Mind-Blowing Facts About AvocadosCancer in a Can: The Shocking Truth Behind PringlesWhat Is Microwave Cooking Doing To Your Health?Are Bananas As Bad For You As Cookies?5 Weird Reasons Not To Smokehttp://dailyhealthpost.com/top-6-reasons-why-youre-forgetful/