You Don’t Sleep Enough
We tend to think that if we lose sleep one night, we can just make it up by sleeping in the next day. In reality, it doesn’t matter if you sleep extra the next day or not, the damage you cause on your body from lack of sleep, can eventually be irreversible. Lack of sleep may be a cause of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, it’s best to have regular sleeping hours and avoid alcohol, caffeine, and electronics in the evening
You Don’t Move Enough
Did you know that lack of exercise can make you more prone to develop dementia? You’re also more likely to get diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure which can all link to Alzheimer’s eventually. It’s important to stay active, at least 3 times a week.
You Eat Too Much Junk Food
Studies show that people who have lots of hamburgers, fries, potato chips, and soft drinks in their diet have certain parts of their brain smaller than those who don’t have much of this junk food in their diets. On the other hand, eating lots of vegetables, grains, nuts, and berries are known to preserve brain function and slow mental decline.
You Don’t Socialize
Research shows that humans need social contact. People tend to be happier and more productive when they’re surrounded by other people. Even the most anti-social or shy individuals still need that social contact, even if it’s a stranger. Socializing may reduce your chances of suffering from brain decline and Alzheimer’s. If you find yourself having too much alone time, make sure to plan activities that involve other people.
You Stay in the Dark Too Much
Getting a bit of sunlight each day helps keep your brain working well. If you don’t get enough natural light, you are more prone to get depressed, which can slow your brain.