The Brain Imposters: Daily Habits that Killing The Brain

Mahlaka Murshed Saqee

Assistant Director of Research and Publication | BIZ BEE

Dec 1, 2022 

“Your brain is the organ of your personality, character, and intelligence and is heavily involved in making you who you are.”

Daniel Amen


Undoubtedly, the brain is the most complex organ of the human body which controls and operates the functions of the body. To function properly, the brain needs to be healthy. Yet many people harm their brains daily. Some habits that cause brain damage seem harmless, but like an imposter, it is slowly killing the most valuable organ. Here are some brain imposter habits that are harming the magnificent organ every day.


More sugar ≠ Sweeter life:

Who does not love to have a bottle of coke after a long summer day? It may soothe your tiredness in short term, but research shows that overconsumption of sugar not only is risky for the heart and causes obesity, also reduce the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and protein. As a result, the body faces insufficiency in nutrition and that hinders brain development.

Excessive Screen Time:

Because of the pandemic, the world is now operating online. Therefore it has become normalized to do something which requires watching the screen of the devices for hours. Although those devices can attract a person to stick with it until their eyes hurt, studies showed that excessive screen time impairs brain structure and function and damages eyesight. So, like kids, adults should have specific screen time too.

Sleep Deprivation:

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise”


We all have learned this proverb when we were younger at school. But in adulthood, many of us do not care about having quality sleep at all, which drastically damages our brain affects our thought processes, moods, and reactions. According to the study published in the journal Nature Medicine, sleep deprivation disrupts the capability of brain cells to communicate with one another, therefore, causing mental lapses which affect visual perception and memory. Some researchers even found similarities between the brains of sleep-deprived people with that of people on drugs.

Not having breakfast :

Even though scientists advocate breakfast to be the most important meal of the day, many of us simply skip the meal. After a long night without food, the body needs nutrients to function properly. Skipping breakfast leads to low blood pressure, meaning less flow in the brain. As a result, the brain will face a lack of nutrition and will not function properly.


Smoking causes “more” than cancer:

We all know that smoking is injurious to health and may lead to lung cancer, but it damages the brain too. Studies show that the act shrinks brain nerves and can be a cause of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.


Cover the head while sleeping: It may seem very harmless but covering your head while sleeping can reduce fresh oxygen intake and increase the inhalation of carbon dioxide which harms the brain.


The human brain is the most complex yet the most wonderful organ in history. It makes humans think, work, and do wonders. To witness the wonders and live the best life we can, we should identify the brain killers and solve those right now!



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