10 Biggest Brain Damaging Habits (and who is at risk)

via More Psychology Hacks Here – Life Hackable.

Almost all of this list of brain damaging habits are things more likely to affect people in poverty. I am so sorry for my redundancy at times but we really need to shift this focus off of weight issues  being the primary health concern among those in poverty and give more attention to brain health being the main concern.

1/ Giving children free breakfast in school dramatically increases their academic performance

2/ Many people who live with (or have lived with) food insecurity tend to overeat when they do have food because they don’t know where their next meal is coming from and it may have been a while since they had enough food. 

4/ Affordable foods that provide enough calories (especially in food deserts) are high in sugar.

5/ People in poor, non-white neighborhoods are exposed to more hazardous pollution. Low income housing overall tend to be in more polluted areas of cities.

6/ There’s a distinct link between poor sleep quality and poverty.

7/People sleep with their head covered when it’s cold because they can’t afford heat. (thank you, JW from the comments!)

8/ Poor people can’t afford to take time off work, even when they’re sick.

9/ Poverty depletes brain power 

10/ Poverty is socially isolating. 

 

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5 thoughts on “10 Biggest Brain Damaging Habits (and who is at risk)

  1. Sleeping with a hat on is my only way to stay warm in the winter, because we can’t afford our heating bills. I wonder what that has to do with brain damage.

    1. Ohhhh….that’s a good point.
      See, der. I was trying to figure out why someone would have their head covered while sleeping. Not even connecting.
      I’m not even kidding when I say I’m dumber than I used to be. Because poor.

  2. 3 9 and 10 could be attributed to depression if you add in alcohol or drugs with smoking. It isnt fun being poor and you tend to fall into addictive behaviors.

  3. I think the term I’ve heard for sleeping with the head covered is “turtle syndrome”- basically, when you pull your blanket over your head to sleep you’re not getting enough o2, and rebreathing co2. It also leads to awful headaches. People do it to block out environments they can’t control- light or sound, and for warmth.

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