Why am I so forgetful and absent-minded all the time?
This sounds crazy. But it actually happens to some people. They constantly forget things even those which they just did. If you are one of those people, you might also ask the same question.
Forgetfulness and absent-mindedness can be frustrating. Your daily activity to function may deteriorate and sometimes end up in total failure. Forgetfulness may create a gap in your focus that may, in turn, result in a problematic outcome.
Unfortunately, forgetfulness and absent-mindedness happen in any age brackets. Adolescents and adults may suffer the same fate. In fact, most students in our university struggle in their academic tasks because of such incapability to recall important information.
The common causes of forgetfulness and absent-mindedness
So why are you so forgetful and absent-minded? There are common reasons as to why a person may experience forgetfulness. And in most cases, the causes are treatable or avoidable.
In this article, I would like to share with you some of the reasons behind forgetfulness and absent-mindedness. Are you ready? Let’s dig in.
1. Lack of sleep
Sleep plays a very important role in memory retention. During sleep, the brain consolidates the information you have just encoded. The consolidation process helps build stronger neural connections that will hold the encoded information.
The more successful the consolidation process, the more stable a memory can become. In other words, having enough sleep helps you remember the information you want to remember.
Apart from memory consolidation, enough sleep also aids the brain to refresh and clean itself. When you’re awake, neurons are constantly working and firing producing more neurotransmitters. During sleep, excess biochemical materials in the synapses should be cleaned. Thus, an insufficient amount of sleep interrupts the housekeeping process of the brain.
Have you noticed that you cannot focus when you are sleep deprived? Not only that, most people when having an insufficient amount of sleep are moody, anxious, and forgetful. The best option here is to get enough regular sleep.
Forgetfulness and absent-mindedness could also be the result of medication. Most people who are regularly taking medications experience memory gaps. Tranquilizers antidepressants and other drugs could negatively affect memory.
If this happening to you right now, do not hesitate to consult your doctor. The symptoms may persist. Tell your doctors what you are experiencing. He/she can adjust the medication or perhaps take the alternative ones.
3. Alcohol drinking
Drinking too much alcohol can make you feel groggy. Alcohol has an agonist effect on Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) a neurotransmitter that is generally inhibitory to the brain’s functioning. When you drink alcohol, the effect of GABA on the brain increases leaving the brain incapable of doing high cognitive functioning and rational thinking.
But aside from these neural issues, excessive alcohol consumption could also lead to forgetfulness. It interferes the encoding and the consolidation process, especially on the short-term memory phase.
If you think that alcohol drinking is the reason why you so forgetful and absent-minded all the time, then you need to regulate the intake. Reduce the amount you drink per day.
4. Anxiety and Stress
You might not aware of it but stress and anxiety may have caused your forgetfulness and absent-mindedness. These two psychological problems may hinder memory storage. When you’re stressed and anxious, you can’t focus. The brain may not be able to accurately process the information resulting in forgetfulness.
If you are suffering from either anxiety or stress, you might want to find some ways to ease yourself. There are free tips online on how you can free yourself from anxiety and stress fast. Click here to read more articles on stress relievers.
Aside from anxiety and stress, depression can also cause forgetfulness and absent-mindedness. The extreme sadness and lack of motivation could affect a person’s whole being. Forgetfulness and absent-mindedness can be the effect of depression.
In cases wherein depression is uncontrollable, seeing a doctor can be the best choice. Depression is a serious problem that if not resolved immediately may result in a more serious problem.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.