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, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle’s groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools–including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips–to share vital information about hormones.