Brain fatigue is mental confusion that can happen at any time and without warning. When it happens it’s easy to experience a lack of focus, reduced mental acuity and poor memory recall.
Although I was aware of some brain fatigue, I never really understood what it meant, or whether it applied to me, because I didn’t know I had a disability.
I have now learned that brain fatigue is to do with how the brain is wired, in my case because I have cerebral palsy. If like me, you feel like your head is stuck in a vice, you can’t concentrate or function, or you just feel extremely tired, here are some practical suggestions below:
- Cut out refined sugars, foods containing MSG and drinks containing caffeine. Eat plenty of protein and carbohydrates and cut down on saturated fats;
- Eat lots of leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach and rocket leaves and add some of the good fats too. Drink plenty of fluids;
- Sleep at regular times so that you maintain mental clarity. Avoid exercising or watching television too close to bed as this will over-stimulate the brain. Being overtired can add to problems with mental clarity;
- Exercise is known for reducing stress and encouraging better sleep. It also helps us build up energy, so incorporating exercise regularly into a daily routine is an advantage;
- Reducing stress is a vital part of a healthy routine and may help maintain mental clarity. It is therefore important to lower your stress levels and find time to relax;
- Cut down on drinking alcohol and smoking. The build-up of toxins from both these substances add to brain fatigue.