Have you ever felt scatterbrained, confused, or mentally tired, all at the same time? Well, you might be experiencing brain fog!
The other day, I locked my keys in the car. I wrote my own name on my son’s name tag instead of his. I was halfway through my workout when I realized my leggings were on inside out. It was as if my brain were barely operational.
We All Have Days When We’re Just…Off. Don’t We?
Researchers have come to refer to this phenomenon as “brain fog.” It can include forgetfulness, moodiness, lack of mental clarity, an inability to focus, and the general feeling that you’re two steps behind the rest of the world.
This happens to everyone from time to time. Symptoms vary from person to person. Some get frustrated and irritable, and others resign to hopelessness. It can affect your sleep patterns, appetite, social relationships, and even your physical health.
No matter what your brain fog looks like, it can be a total day-ruiner. Brain fog keeps us from operating at our best. It blocks us off from our happiest and most productive self.
So What Is Brain Fog?
Brain fog can be defined as the incapacity to have an alert memory and focus. When you experience brain fog, you will feel that you are not being able to think clearly, and dealing with the simplest things mentally, becomes difficult. You might also feel slightly disoriented and confused.
So – What Can We Do About It?
First, attempt to identify the cause. Brain fog can happen for hundreds of reasons, but these are the most common:
- Physical Exhaustion
- Emotional Stress
- Vitamin Deficiency
- Hormonal Changes
- Mental Fatigue
- Low Blood Sugar
- Sleep Problems
Whatever the cause, most of us can not simply power through brain fog. Fortunately, some simple changes can help your mind snap back to working order
Here are five proven ways to fight brain fog:
1. Get a good night’s sleep.
Lack of sleep is by far the most common cause of brain fog in our society. According to a new study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. Usually, this happens because we are too busy. We feel that we simply don’t have eight hours to devote to slumber.
However, a good night of sleep is well worth the investment. Hit the pillow for a healthy eight hours tonight. You will be amazed at the difference it makes in your productivity tomorrow.