Brain fatigue

I never really understood what brain fatigue meant and whether it was relevant to what I was dealing with, because there is little information out there that connects it to Cerebral Palsy, but I know it has something to do with the way my brain is wired.

Yesterday my head felt like it was stuck in a vice, I couldn’t concentrate, let alone function. I just felt extremely tired. It’s like brain fog, when we lose mental clarity. However, with rest the feeling will dissipate.

There are things we can do to re-address the balance:

  • Cut out refined sugars, remove foods containing MSG and drinks containing caffeine. Eat plenty of protein and carbohydrates and cut down on saturated fats. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables including kale, spinach and rocket leaves and add some of the good fats too. Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Sleep regularly and at regular times, so that you maintain mental clarity. Avoid exercising or watching television too close to going to bed as this will over stimulate an already active brain, which means we are less likely to sleep. Being over tired can add to problems with mental clarity.
  • As mentioned above, exercise is responsible for reducing stress, helping us to sleep better and build up energy, so incorporating exercise regularly into a daily routine would be an advantage.
  • Reducing stress is a vital part of any healthy routine and should help us continue to maintain mental clarity. It’s important to lower stress levels and find time to relax.

Finally, cut down on drinking alcohol and smoking. The build-up of toxins from both these substances will add to brain fatigue.

13 Nov, 2010

4 thoughts on “Brain fatigue

  1. Very good information. Very useful. I think proper sleep will help more than anything. Your suggestions are spot on.

    I try to make sure my room is also cool. If it is the least bit warm I can’t sleep well. My mattress also has to be “cushy.” A hard mattress will make sleep almost impossible for a good night’s sleep. I’ll wake up with a lot of pain. I like sleeping in a cloud.

    If I’m tired I can’t think. The brain fog is worse.

  2. It’s amazing what a recuperative night’s sleep will do for our mental stability. When I don’t get enough sleep, I feel foggy and can’t seem to concentrate. Will try to incorporate more of the items that you speak of.

    1. You are right Maria about sleep and our mental stability. They go hand in hand.

      As much as I try to stay asleep, I think my CP has a lot do do with my lack of sleep, but I make up for it during the day by resting when I need it. Thanks for posting.

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