Memory and Concentration
Do you Have Difficulty Remembering Things
Many people struggle to stay as sharp as possible. They may have difficulty remembering details, or find it difficult to concentrate during tasks that require focus. This can be extremely difficult and frustrating, both for the individual suffering from memory loss or lack of concentration, and also for the people around them, whether loved ones or coworkers.
There can be many factors that cause a person to struggle with memory and concentration; some are more common than others.
Medications, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use are some of the most common causes of issues with memory and concentration. Whether legal, illegal, or prescribed, these mood altering substances effect the brain in a variety of ways, including lack of oxygenation and a change in brain chemistry. They can make it more difficult to retain memory and more difficult to focus. In the case of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, the simplest remedy is to simply stop using these substances. For prescribed medications used to treat an illness or malady, it can be a little bit trickier and your best option is to talk to your doctor about how these medications may affect your memory and concentration, and discuss alternatives.
A Better Sleep will help Memory and Concentration
Another common factor effecting memory and concentration is sleep – are you getting enough, and is it quality sleep? Being tired effects your overall quality of life, but if you are not getting enough sleep, or the sleep you do get is interrupted, poor, or not restful due to a sleep disorder, you will experience significantly more trouble with memory and concentration. If you suffer from a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, your doctor may be able to provide treatment or aid in getting adequate sleep, which would in turn improve your memory and concentration. On the other hand, if you’re simply not allowing yourself enough time to sleep, make that a priority and you’ll find the quality of your mental state improves tremendously.
Eat Right to Boost Memory and Concentration
Nutrition is a third common factor that can affect your memory and concentration negatively. Nutritional deficiencies, particularly in B vitamins, can seriously impact your mood, memory and concentration. If you aren’t using any type of medication or other substance and your sleep is adequate, evaluate your nutritional intake and consider adding B supplements to your diet, or changing how you’re eating to include more vitamin rich foods. By evaluating these three common factors that affect memory and consulting with your doctor, you will be able to adjust your life style to improve your memory and concentration.