Many women in midlife say that their brain feels like ‘cotton wool’ - that they become increasingly forgetful and find it hard to retain information.
This “brain fog” can make it especially hard to function at work, and concentrate when reading or watching TV.
But when should you worry that something is wrong?
Is it just lack of sleep? Is it the menopause? Or might it be the warning signs of dementia?
How can you tell the difference?
In this week's post, I want...
“I’m just so tired” is probably the most common sentence women in midlife say to me on a regular basis. They’ve often had their tiredness dismissed as just ‘the way life is’ or put down to working, motherhood or just age.
Ongoing fatigue and tiredness are not in fact just a symptom of getting older or working too hard.
Fatigue and tiredness are clear warning signals from your brain that it needs re-fuelling. And food is hands down the best way to give your...
In the next three minutes, 3 people will develop dementia and two of them will be women.
Women may be at much higher risk of dementia when they lose the brain protection of hormones that decline during peri-menopause and menopause.
As hormones like oestrogen protect brain function, can you stop dementia from developing by replacing these hormones lost during menopause?
Watch to discover the answer to: can hormone therapies prevent dementia?
Most women say that they “lack the knowledge” or feel “unprepared” for peri-menopause - the transition into menopause, which is when a woman’s periods stop and she comes to the end of her reproductive life. Although every woman’s peri-menopause is different, there are many common features. So today I want to talk through the signs or symptoms you will experience during peri-menopause so you know exactly what to expect and how you will feel.
From hot flushes to low mood to insomnia to forgetfulness, many of the foreign feelings that women experiences during menopause are caused by changes happening inside the brain. Today, I breakdown the different brain symptoms of menopause, why they put women at higher risk of dementia, and what can be done to do mitigate this risk.
You might wonder why you aren’t as happy and fulfilled as you thought would be in midlife. Well, it turns out that midlife is a melting pot of lifestyle and hormonal changes that can affect your mental and physical well-being. Today I talk to Claire and James Davis, The Midlife Mentors, on why in midlife you should be looking forwards to a better quality of life, not backwards. In a wide-ranging interview, we discuss how awareness about your lifestyle followed by small...