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Strange Reasons for Forgetfulness

Some people can amaze you with their sharp memory. Take a look at the surprising reasons that slow human brain and make you forget.

Mental Health By Himanshu Sharma / Oct 20, 2014

Reasons for Forgetfulness

Some people can amaze you with their ability to recall and have sharp memory, while others may forget as simple things as what day of the week of it is. Everyone is forgetful sometimes; this can happen when we don’t pay close attention. The causes of forgetfulness can range from tiredness to anxiety-related conditions. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Lack of Sleep

Not getting enough sleep is one of the reasons that can cause memory slip-ups. If you are not getting a good night’s sleep, there can be mood changes and anxiety can set in. This may contribute to problems with memory. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


Too much alcohol – on a single occasion or over time – can take a toll on your memory. The effects of alcohol interfere with memory even after the effects of alcohol have worn off. If you have to drink, it is best that you do it in moderation. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


Pregnancy is unlike anything else in a woman's life. Often associated with muddle headedness, the pregnancy hormones can make you forget things. It is referred to as the brain fog or pregnancy brain. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


Your memory is bound to suffer when your mind is stressed and is holding too many thoughts than it can handle. A stressed person finds it difficult to focus on tasks. This phase of depression makes one abnormally forgetful. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Underactive Thyroid

Thyroid conditions, particularly hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), can create memory problems. These conditions may also interfere with your sleep and lead to depression, both of which have some role in memory slips. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Other Medical Conditions

Forgetfulness is a symptom of many health conditions. The patients of Alzheimer's (degenerative illness), Parkinson's disease (a neurological disease that destroys certain brain cells) and sarcoidosis (an inflammation disease) are known to affect memory. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


Unwanted side-effects can be caused by all kinds of medicines. Drug side-effects are sometimes unavoidable; for example, you will be a little forgetful after drinking cough syrup. Anti-depressants and hormone tablets can also affect your memory. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Illicit Drugs

If a person is into illicit drugs, he/she might have difficulty remembering and recalling things. These drugs slow one’s brain and make them lazy. And, the two factors make you forgetful. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


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