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Brain Fog or Dementia?

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...

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What to expect during peri-menopause

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.

In this...

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How menopause changes a woman’s brain

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. 

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Beating brain fog in midlife

Mention brain fog to your doctor and you’re likely to be met with a dismissive tone and told that it isn’t a real condition. But if you describe brain fog to your friends, they’ll know exactly what you mean: fuzzy thinking, difficulty concentrating, trouble finding the right word, feeling like your brain has slowed down. I discuss the common symptoms of brain fog in midlife and how to get rid of the fogginess by creating new healthy sleep, stress, eating and exercise...

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Brain-Healthy Exercise for Midlife Women

Exercise causes physical changes to your brain that invigorate thinking, reasoning, memory and mood.  Your brain receives positive benefits every time you put on your trainers and move away from the sofa. In this episode, I breakdown how exercise keeps the brain young and what exercises women should be doing before and after menopause to enhance their well-being and safeguard against future dementia.

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How to sleep better in midlife

Do you have trouble sleeping? Can’t get to sleep or wake up in the middle of the night and then can’t get back to sleep. You’re not alone. Most people have trouble sleeping in midlife.

I want give you four scientifically proven methods to improve your sleep habits and specific steps that you can take to make it easier to fall asleep, stay asleep and wake-up well-rested. Adopting these methods so you get a full complement of sleep every night will help to improve your memory...

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Is it inevitable you’re going to get dementia?

Is the memory loss and mental decline of dementia an inevitable part of getting older Let’s look at what healthy ageing looks like and compare it to the mental decline and memory loss caused by dementia.

Many of us get more forgetful as we get older. Most people need a bit longer to remember things, get distracted more easily or struggle to do some tasks as well as they used to. This may become more noticeable when we reach middle age, during our 40s, 50 and 60s.  These changes...

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Brain healthcare for key stages in a woman's life

Hormones are critical for the brain health of men and women, at all ages. But, unlike men, women experience three reproductive stages in their lives that change their brain in unique ways. We call these the three P's: puberty, pregnancy, and peri-menopause.

These three stages in a women’s reproductive life are accompanied by huge hormonal changes that have huge effects on her brain. I want to share with you how a women’s brain change during each of these stages and what she can...

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Managing Perimenopause and Menopause with Dr Louise Newson

 All women experience the menopause. Yet many women and health professionals still don’t fully understand the signs and symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause or know how to best treat them.  I have a really important and wide-ranging discussion with GP and world-leading menopause specialist, Dr Louise Newson, about how to prepare for, monitor and manage the peri-menopause and menopause.

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