Common Characteristics of Difficulty Concentrating
• Lost train of thought
• Fuzzy thinking
• Inability to concentrate for long periods of time
• Inability to focus on complex tasks
While a number of factors may play a role in the incidence of difficulty concentrating, for women undergoing the menopausal transition the most likely cause is hormonal fluctuation.
Estrogen in particular plays a key role in the function of the brain, for several reasons.
There are a number of neurotransmitters in the brain which regulate cognitive function, including heightened memory and ability to concentrate. Acetylcholine, serotonin, and norepinephrine have all been shown to regulate cognitive abilities. If there is a shortage in these neurotransmitters, there may be a decrease in cognitive function, leading to difficulty concentrating.
Estrogen has an effect on the production of all three of these neurotransmitters. When estrogen levels are higher production increases. Estrogen also stimulates blood flow to the brain.
In addition to the primary hormonal causes behind difficulty concentrating, many women may have concentration issues that stem from other menopausal symptoms.
Sleep disorders and fatigue can render a woman too exhausted to concentrate properly on daily tasks at hand.
To treat this problematic symptom, it is recommended to start with the least invasive option, and then work on to more drastic measures if necessary.
- Lifestyle changes.
Some easy lifestyle tips can help to cope with difficulty concentrating. A healthy diet rich in brain-friendly nutrients like omega-3 and omega-6 (found in fish, walnuts, and other proteins) can help. Cutting back on caffeine, alcohol, and sugar will also go a long way towards helping concentration.
Making sure to receive a good night of rest goes a long way as well. Stress-relieving techniques like meditation are also helpful in aiding a woman’s ability to concentrate, and brain exercises such as crossword puzzles can improve overall focus.
- Alternative Medicine.
If coping methods and simple lifestyle changes aren’t working and a woman is still experiencing the frustration of difficulty concentrating, there are further treatment options which are available. Alternative medicines and treatments which address the hormonal imbalance at the source are the most effective method of treatment, particularly when implemented in conjunction with lifestyle changes, like the Manna Menopause Support, which help to increase estrogen levels the natural way without any side effects.