Are You Forgetful? Watch Out, Millennials – You May Have Memory Loss
Forgetfulness is pretty common among most people. We forget stuff once in a while, or we seem too ‘blur’ to remember it.
However, millennials experience constant information overload, higher stress levels than the previous generations, and studies have shown that millennials are as forgetful as our senior buddies.
Millennials are more likely to forget what day it is, their acquaintances’ names, and even the reason why they walk into a room.
Sounds familiar? Here are some warning signs of memory loss that affect millennials.
1. Inability to store memory
“I won’t remember this.”
Gurl, if you know it, you’ve got to do something about it (unless it’s something really insignificant). Technology has made it easier to recall facts, but it has also made it more difficult to remember facts properly. High stress levels often lead to poor memory and judgement. Combined with artificial light from our phone screens and lack of sleep, you’d find it difficult to remember detailed facts. Put your phone down and get a good 8 hours of sleep every night to give your brain some time to heal.
If you have depression, you may have a tendency to not recall the names of people you’ve met or even what happened yesterday. According to Dr Darya Gaysina, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sussex:
“When people experience more episodes of depression, they have a higher risk of cognitive impairment.”
If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, consult your mental healthcare provider so you can improve your overall mental health.
3. It didn’t just slip your mind
While some forgetfulness may be a slip of your mind, and ultimately normal, increasing forgetfulness of recent events like conversations, routines or appointments may be a sign of memory loss at a young age. While some of these blips may be caused by lack of sleep or stress, if you can’t medically explain why your forgettery is increasing, you may need to seek help.
Don’t be alarmed – if you keep forgetting stuff, consult your doctor. If it’s anything serious, you may be referred to a specialist. In the meantime, get enough sleep, rest well, and stay away from caffeine (yes, it keeps your mind racing!). Let your brain relax because even the most productive person needs a little rest.