You might not drink or have been ever drunk but it is still worth getting a sobriety test done when you are sober. Doing this will help you get some valuable information related to your brain and know if you are at any risk of developing any neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or even dementia. Sobriety test works to measure the cerebellum function. This area of the brain is known to play a role in coordination and balance. If there is alcohol in the body, this section of the brain is usually compromised. The cerebellum is also dependent on lifestyle habits, stress and also modern diet.
Sobriety test exercises help in knowing when in trouble. In case you have failed the sobriety test, a few exercises of the test, can help in improving the brain function and health.
Sobriety Test Exercises:
Single-Leg Stand Test: Stand as you keep your feet together. Your arms shall be by the side. You shouldn’t raise the arms as you take the test, because you might feel the need to balance. Move one foot above the ground. Stay in this position for some time and count slowly.
If your cerebellum is in good health, you should be able to stand comfortably on a single leg. In case you start swaying or you find you are losing your balance; you should understand that your cerebellum is compromised. You can do this exercise a number of times in a day. It will improve the brain health.
If you wish to challenge yourself a bit more, you need to stand near a wall. You might have to grab it, in case you have a tendency to fall. You will do the exercise as you keep your eyes closed. If you are fine with it, you can do the exercise by standing on a foam and you will have it more challenging. You can have your eyes closed.
Heel-Toe Walk Test: This is another common sobriety test. It is also known as walk-and turn. Your arms will be by your side. You will not raise them for additional balance. You will be walking on your heel to toe. You will walk on imaginary line and for nine steps. Move and again walk heel to toe as you shift back for at least nine tests.
Though this is not a part of the sobriety test, it is recommended that you get started by standing on your heel to toe, before you start walking. You will stand just next to the wall so that you can grab it, in case you lose balance. Are you able to stand heel to toe as you keep the eyes closed? What about standing on piece of foam.
You should do this test quite smoothing. You shouldn’t be unsteady or wobble or sway. In case you are not able to it means the cerebellum is compromised. You need to do the exercise a number of times in a day and your cerebellum health as well as function will slowly improve.
Though, this is not a part of sobriety test, there is another way which can help you to test the cerebellum. Stand as you keep your feet together. Keep your eyes closed. In case, you find yourself swaying to a side, it might mean, that particular side of the cerebellum is compromised.
There different signs of poor cerebellum function which includes nausea when in boats or cars or dizziness when you see things moving quite swiftly like in movies.
Importance of Good Balance for Brain
In case the cerebellum function is compromised, it will start gating information to various parts of the brain. The brain gets overloaded with much more information than it can actually manage.
This leads to different symptoms which includes:
- Digestive problems
- Sensitivity to light
- Emotional reactivity
- Racing mind causes insomnia
- Changes in blood pressure
Symptoms of Damaged Cerebellum:
- Movement tremors
- Not able to perform quick alternating movements
- Poor coordination and motor movement
- Not able to judge distance and know when to stop
- Slurred speech
- Tendency to fall
- Abnormal movement of the eyes.
Is your cerebellum compromised?
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