Blog Unplug: How Excessive Screen Time Exacerbates Menopause Brain Fog

In an age where screens dominate our lives, from smartphones to laptops to tablets, it’s becoming increasingly evident that our digital habits impact various aspects of our health. What you might not realise is the correlation between excessive screen time and menopause brain fog!

Menopause whether natural due to surgery, medication or age is a huge shift in hormones, physical and mental health. When I work with women either 1:1 or in groups the most common issue we talk about is brain fog. It is life altering, frustrating and can make you feel like you are going mad.

So whats the deal with screen time?

In today’s digital age, screen time has become ubiquitous. Whether for work, entertainment, or socialising, many individuals spend a significant portion of their day glued to screens. However, emerging research suggests that this behaviour may exacerbate menopause-related cognitive symptoms. Several factors contribute to this phenomenon:

Blue Light Exposure: Screens emit blue light, which can disrupt the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle and suppress the production of melatonin, a hormone crucial for sleep. Poor sleep quality, often associated with excessive screen time, can exacerbate cognitive difficulties and contribute to brain fog.

Sedentary Lifestyle: Excessive screen time often translates to a sedentary lifestyle, with individuals spending prolonged hours sitting in front of screens. Studies have linked sedentary behaviour to cognitive decline and impaired brain function, which can compound the cognitive challenges experienced during menopause.

Information Overload: The digital era inundates us with information, leading to constant multitasking and cognitive overload. Menopausal women already contend with cognitive changes, and excessive screen time can further strain their cognitive resources, making it harder to focus and retain information.

Can we Mitigate the Effects?

While reducing screen time entirely may not be feasible in today’s interconnected world, there are several strategies to mitigate its impact on menopause brain fog:

Screen Time Management: Set boundaries on screen time and establish designated periods for digital detox. Incorporate breaks into your routine to give your brain a chance to rest and recharge.

Blue Light Filters: Use blue light filters on electronic devices, or invest in blue light-blocking glasses to minimise the adverse effects of screen exposure on sleep quality and cognitive function.

Stay Active: Incorporate regular physical activity into your daily routine to counteract the sedentary effects of screen time. Exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function and alleviate menopause symptoms.

Mindful Consumption: Practice mindful consumption of digital content, focusing on quality over quantity. Limit exposure to excessive stimuli and prioritise activities that promote relaxation and mental well-being.

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