My pregnant girlfriends use to complain about short term memory loss and they’d dubbed their temporary illness "baby brain". As someone who never had a child, I chalked up baby brain to my girlfriends having too much on their plate, like work, preparing for a new baby, and the stress of balancing work/home issues, etc.
However when I entered my late forties, I started having some minor memory issues like forgetting zip codes and adjectives. Holy smokes! I forgot my own zip code the other day.
I was moaning about this issue to a colleague and she mentioned that I might have "foggy brain". Her unofficial diagnosis brought up the image of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge surrounded by heavy fog, and this is exactly how I feel. The answer is there, but it is buried beneath a temporary fog.
Research has shown that foggy brain is real and it affects menopausal women. Foggy brain is when you experience cognitive problems like:
• Difficulty focusing
• Memory issues
• Decreased alertness
The good news is that after menopause, the brain fog is lifted and your cognitive skills return to normal.
As someone who has returned to school, I am not comfortable with adding foggy brain to my daily list of aches and pains. So, here are some tips to deal with foggy brain:
• Drink plenty of water.
• Drink green tea and avoid high energy drinks.
• Manage stress levels.
• Try the herbal supplement ribose.
• Stay cool. Keep the temperature cool in your home, car, and office.
• Eat right. A well-balanced diet can help you feel more energetic and mentally focused.
• Increase your tuna and salmon intake. Also, add 4 oz nuts to your daily diet.
• Stay away from hot flash triggers like hot or spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine.
• Exercise regularly. Being active can help preserve your brain function and aid memory.
• Get plenty of sleep
• Before bedtime, avoid eating too much, smoking, working or exercising.
• Sleep in a dark, quiet, and cool room. If necessary sleep with a fan on or install a small air conditioning unit in your bedroom.
• Be consistent with your sleep schedule.