Brain fatigue

I never really understood what brain fatigue meant, or whether it applied to my re-wiring, but I do think it is. I have now learned that it has something to do with the way the brain is wired, in my case because I have cerebral palsy.

If you feel like your head is stuck in a vice, you can’t concentrate, or function, and you just feel extremely tired and it feels like brain fog when you lose mental clarity.

My practical suggestions below should help with brain fatigue:

  • 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 regularly and at regular times so that you maintain mental clarity. Avoid exercising or watching television too close to bed as this will over-stimulate an already active brain. Being overtired can add to problems with mental clarity;
  • Exercise is responsible 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.

Also, cut down on drinking alcohol and smoking. The build-up of toxins from both these substances 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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