Good Sleep is Essential
Many women don’t realize how important good sleep is to your health. A lack of sleep increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, weight gain, depression, and dementia, and it can also heavily increase your chances of experiencing brain fog.
In order to understand what is happening in your body, let’s define a few terms. As we mentioned in the previous section, estrogen is a hormone that helps cells in the brain function the way they’re supposed to function. When we sleep, our bodies produce a brain chemical called serotonin which is key for stabilizing moods and helping us to feel balanced overall.
When we encounter stressful occurrences in our life, we spend our serotonin, and as estrogen levels fall during menopause, we start spending serotonin faster. If you are not sleeping well, your body cannot produce enough serotonin to replace what has been used throughout the day. How are you supposed to remember anything when your body is essentially always in survival mode? This can be a difficult cycle to break unless you commit to making changes.
What we call brain fog in midlife is usually not a cause for major concern and the true. Women’s Health team will help to explain the differences between hormone-related memory issues, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. We can help you find coping strategies and get you back to living your best life!