If it often happens to you that you enter a room without remembering what you went for, or you open the door of the refrigerator, and you don't know why exactly you are doing it, since you are not hungry, you are not alone. Forgetfulness is not unique to the aging population. Besides the aging process of the brain, frequent forgetfulness can be provoked by many other different factors, some of them unexpected.
What could be the reasons why you forget so often even though you are not old yet?
Too Much Stress
Stress can cause various damages to the body and harm it in all possible ways. Stress is an otherwise useful mechanism that helps the body survive. In times of stress, the brain shuts down certain functions it considers non-essential for survival. Memory is one of them. Chronically high cortisol levels can impair your brain's ability to collect and organize new information. Attention and concentration decrease, and the storage of new and less important memories becomes increasingly difficult.
You don't sleep enough
Lack of enough sleep can be detrimental to memory. You might think you're forgetting because you're getting old, but it's actually because you're overtired. During sleep, the brain stores and organizes the information you accumulate during the day. If you don't sleep well, sleep too little, or your sleep is constantly interrupted, it interferes with memory processes and makes you forget much more often.
People who have some form of depression experience great difficulty with memory. Depression suppresses not only feelings, emotions and mood. It suppresses physical centers in the brain responsible for memory processes. Depression is also characterized by cognitive difficulties, as well as difficulties in concentrating and recalling the necessary information at times when it is needed.
The thyroid gland is responsible for a number of processes in the body, including playing a role in memory. If you have an underactive thyroid gland, it can cause memory difficulties and the brain to react quickly when needed.
Deficiency of some vitamins and minerals can lead to anemia. A lack of iron leads to iron deficiency anemia, and a lack of vitamin B12 leads to megaloblastic anemia. All types of anemia can underlie memory and concentration problems due to lack of oxygen and nutrients to the brain.