Why Memory Is Lost

Why Memory Is Lost
Why Memory Is Lost

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Memory is one of the highest mental functions of a person. It allows you to memorize, store and subsequently reproduce information. Poor memory is a fairly common phenomenon among people of mature age, and the older a person, the worse, as a rule, his memory is. What is the reason for this phenomenon?

Why memory is lost
Why memory is lost

- wrong way of life: lack of sleep, stress, smoking, alcohol abuse, inappropriate nutrition contribute to memory impairment;

- lack of sleep directly affects the processes of assimilation of information, because at night, complex biochemical processes take place in the brain, transforming short-term memory into long-term memory;

- stress causes the release of hormones into the bloodstream that stimulate the body to work at full capacity. With chronic stress, all functions and systems are exhausted, including memory;

- Smoking causes a lack of oxygen (hypoxia) of the brain tissue, which subsequently leads to absent-mindedness;

- Alcohol abuse causes atrophy (wrinkling) of the cerebral cortex. As a result, a person develops a condition called dementia, in which not only memory suffers;

- inappropriate nutrition causes a deficiency of vitamins (B, C, E) and amino acids (folic and nicotine), without which metabolic processes in the brain are impossible.

The cause of memory impairment can be some somatic diseases: diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, arterial hypertension, hypothyroidism, stroke, neuroinfection, severe liver and kidney pain in the stage of decompensation. Traumatic brain injury can also cause forgetfulness.

A sharp decrease in memory, to the point that a person does not remember what he was doing a minute ago, occurs in a serious mental illness that affects people over 65 years old - Alzheimer's disease.

Some medications, for example, first generation antihistamines ("Suprastin", "Diphenhydramine", "Tavegil", etc.), sleeping pills, anti-anxiety and analgesic pills can cause a slowdown in the memory processes.

Memory impairment is common in depression. This is due to the predominance of inhibition processes in the brain and the slowdown of all body functions. After exiting this state, the memory returns to its original level.

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