In Week 3 and Week 4, sedating progesterone coupled with lower levels of estrogen can make you a bit groggy and slow down your reaction time when driving, competing in sports or playing video games. Now researchers have discovered an easy fix: Chew gum, sunflower seeds, gummy bears or anything else that gets your jaw moving. A new study in the journal Brain and Cognition reveals that jaw muscles stimulate certain areas of the brain responsible for spotting movement, improving your reaction time by 7%. While that doesn’t seem like much, it can mean all the difference when avoiding a car veering into your lane, catching a line drive or obliterating on-screen aliens! Best of all, it takes just 10 seconds of chewing to activate this improvement in reaction time—and the effect lasts for 15 minutes after you stop!
Boost reaction time by chewing gum
Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.