A healthy brain enables us to function as normal human beings. Sadly, we do not think about how our daily routine affects its capabilities, which in turn affect how we live. Our brains are overworked, coping with emoji wars in multiple group chats on a daily basis. If you are experiencing any of these signs, maybe it’s probably a good idea to mention it at your next medical check.
1. You have severe sleep disorders
Sleep deprivation has been linked to lower cognitive abilities, increased irritability and depression — symptoms that are similar to those who have experienced traumatic brain injury. If counting all the sheep in New Zealand still doesn’t send the sandman to your bedroom door, make it a point to unwind a few hours before bedtime and get professional help if it becomes a long-term problem.
2. Your ears are ringing more often than your phone
Constant ringing, buzzing or hissing in your ears is not a sign of the jackpot machine cashing out for you 24/7. Tinnitus, otherwise known as ringing in the ears, could be a result of damage to the neural pathways involved in hearing. Get it checked if you don’t want it to be a permanent soundtrack in your life.
3.You lose to a goldfish at memory games
It’s one thing to be forgetful when it comes to anniversaries and birthdays (Hint: there’s an app to help with that), but it’s another matter altogether when you’re constantly struggling to remember what you wanted to say just moments ago. Getting adequate rest is crucial for the brain to function optimally so learn to say no when you’re stretched (and stressed!) beyond your limits.
4. You’re seeing stars, and not in a good way
Blurred vision and dizziness could also be signs of brain trauma. But before you start panicking, consult an optometrist or vision therapist to rule out the basics, especially if you’ve been wearing the same prescription glasses since kindergarten. Those Hello Kitty rims have got to go.
At the end of the day, keeping your brain in shape is just as important as staying fit. After all, you need to be able to outsmart zombies when they come clamouring for that healthy brain of yours. The list above are just indications of brain trauma, nothing to be alarmed about. We’re not trying to cause paranoia, but getting your mental health checked the next time you do your full medical won’t hurt either.