Brain fatigue

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.

3 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.

    1. Lisa I think like you have explained, we all find our ways of coping with brain fatigue. Glad you found what works for you.

  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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