Well having done a bit of research I've ruled out the following potential causes:
- ADHD. I researched this for one of my college courses, definitely not the cause.
- Stress. Definitely not the cause, I'm more of a get-it-off-your-chest-straight-away-and-move-on kinda gaal, never one to fester over things.
- Smoking. Apparently smoking indirectly reduces oxygen flow to the brain which can affect memory. I've never even TRIED smoking.
- Poor sleep habits. My mother used to say I could fall asleep on a clothes line, I usually get 8 hours a night, rarely wake up through the night and drink decaf tea most of the time.
- Atrophy. Well I'm assuming this can be ruled out, I use my brain quite a bit...
So against my usual preachings, rather than treating the cause I'll have to settle for treating the symptom. Back to Google I go in search of memory improvement tips. And here's another nice bullet point action list for you to feast upon:
- Brain training. I'm not talking Mr Wackysheemas brain training on the DS, there's evidence that it doesn't work anyway. I'm talking neurobic exercise.
- More physical exercise. Harks back to my last post about a healthy body meaning a healthy mind, but it counts for memory too - increased oxygen to the brain, and a reduction in the likelihood of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease which cause memory loss.
- Nutrition. As well as the obvious healthy food, supplements might be worth a try. My better half swears by glucosamine sulphate & cod liver oil to help strengthen his old sports-injured knee so why wouldn't they help strengthen the grey matter?
- Improve sleep. Okay okay, I know I said there's nothing wrong with my sleep patterns, but just because I sleep for 8 hours a night, that doesn't mean I'm getting QUALITY sleep, so I'll aim to improve my night time routine and go back to having my nightcap of a warm malted milk (malt extract and milk, none of this Ovaltine rubbish). Mmmm.