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Are You Harming Your Brain With These Bad Habits?

By Sara Butler

Mental sharpness is something people want to hold on to no matter how old they are. The problem is, there are a variety of unintentional and unhealthy choices people make that can have an impact on the health of their brain. Here are a few harmful habits that can have an impact on brainpower.

Too Much Sitting

You've likely heard by now that sitting is the new smoking -- and that statement seems to be proven true again and again. Sitting too much over the course of the day is bad for your body, your brain included.

Movement helps to keep the blood vessels in the brain open, irritating the tissues there with nourishment. Boosting the blood flow to your brain through physical activity is a good thing, as it helps to reduce stress and boost your mood. Make sure to get at least some physical activity in your day, even if you don't hit the 150-minute per week target.

Not Socializing

Most people need other people to be happy -- and to keep their brains healthy, too. Loneliness is often linked to depression and that can play a role in declining brain function. That's why it's important to remember that even though you may prefer to stay home on your couch and watch Netflix in your sweatpants, it's a good idea to get out and see people. Take a class you've always wanted to, volunteer, or just call up friends or family for a chat and you'll be doing something important for your brain health.

Enjoying Loud Music

Your dad might have been onto something when he yelled at you to turn your music down as a teen. It turns out that listening to loud music may not be great for your brain.

Extended exposure to loud noises, such as music, can interrupt the way your brain processes speech. There are only animal studies to go off of for now, but there are important lessons to be learned for humans. Turn down the music and take a step toward improving your brain health.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

If you don't get enough sleep, then it can do more than make you tired and cranky, it can also impact your brain health.

Studies have found that memory, communication, problem-solving, and reasoning are all impaired in those who don't get the recommended eight hours of sleep each night.

Your brain is what makes you, well, you. So take care of it and make sure to shift away from habits that can hurt your brain in the long run. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Queen Creek, Ariz.

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