If you’re anything like the average American, getting up in the morning is the most difficult part of your day.
Nevermind having to escape the warmth of your bed (though that’s difficult in itself) – the challenges of another day is enough to make you want to crawl up into a ball and hit snooze!
A little loss of motivation here and there is normal, expected even. But what happens when you’re consistently experiencing it?
Are you completely unmotivated? Are you walking around in haze all day, even after getting out of bed?
Brain fog is probably doing a number on your psyche.
But how can you know for sure?
Brain Fog? What on Earth are you Talking About?
You might be dealing with brain fog RIGHT NOW and not even know it, so let us explain.
Brain fog can best be described as that general feeling of a cloudy consciousness. It could come from any number of things (we’ll get into that shortly), but most likely it’s a combination of a bunch of different lifestyle factors.
You might hear brain fog described as “mental fatigue” or simply exhaustion – whatever the case may be though, brain fog isn’t something to be taken lightly.
Don’t just dismiss these feelings! Prolonged brain fog can become more common and consistent than just the occasional sluggish day – and can lead to more serious health problems down the road. Anxiety and depression? No thanks!
Schedule a consultation with a licensed Kingwood TX chiropractor TODAY to get your brain back to optimal function!
5 Common Symptoms of Brain Fog
These five common signs, while different, all have one specific thing in common – they all play a role in decreasing the frequency of the neurons firing in your brain.
Think of neurons as the messengers of the brain – these little electrical impulses and signals transmit information throughout the brain itself, and from the brain to the rest of your body. The slow down of these neurons that comes with brain fog is the reason you feel that head underwater feeling!
These are the most common symptoms patients present when complaining of brain fog:
1. Loss of Concentration – Are you finding it’s becoming more difficult to concentrate on things that used to be automatic? Is it nearly impossible for you to multitask in your daily life? This is one of the most common signs that you may be dealing with brain fog!
2. Loss of Memory – We all can be forgetful now and again, but when it becomes a pattern it’s time to panic. This loss of memory impacts your short-term thoughts the most. Both loss of memory and loss of concentration are associated with the frontal lobe of the brain – one of it’s busiest and most energy demanding areas.
3. Loss of Energy – That 3:00 PM, hit a wall type of feeling – except you’re dealing with it all the time. If you’re getting to the point where any activity that requires thought is becoming a chore, it’s time to schedule an evaluation.
4. Loss of Sharpness – We all need to be at our best, whether it be in the workplace or at home. A loss of sharpness means words are harder to find and take longer to get to in your head, numbers are more difficult to work with, and directions become confusing – or, you might just feel like you’re not as sharp as you used to be!
5. Loss of Motivation – This symptom isn’t commonly thought of as a factor contributing to brain fog – some days, you just don’t want to get up and go! While that’s perfectly normal, a pattern of losing motivation is cause for concern, and could indicate something below the surface at work.
Chances are by this point, you’re probably saying to yourself:
“Yeah, self, I’ve definitely been dealing with a lot of these things.”
Now that we’ve established some signs and symptoms, let’s work on digging into some possible root causes.
5 Common Causes of Brain Fog
Right off the bat, you should consider scheduling a consultation with a licensed professional to really get to the root of your problems. While the causes here are good guidelines, only an expert can discover what’s truly ailing you. This is especially true if you are dealing with Hashimoto’s or other autoimmune diseases that may be contributing to brain fog.
If you notice yourself checking things off while going through this list, don’t feel bad! We did too, and it’s never too late for a healthy lifestyle.
These are some of the most common causes of brain fog:
1. Sedentary Lifestyle – Your brain needs two things to function at its highest level – fuel and stimulation/activation. Of course, a sedentary lifestyle is quite the opposite of stimulation and activation – when your body doesn’t move, your joints, muscles, and tendons aren’t sending as many signals to the brain to charge it. Unfortunately, we spend most of our days sitting down!
2. Poor Posture – Who isn’t guilty of this one? Sitting down all the time means you’ve probably got some poor posture. When you stay seated, you lose the curve in your neck and this can also lead to lower back pain requiring treatment. This puts more stress on your joints and discs, which slows everything down in your body.
3. SAD Eating – We’re talking about the standard American diet – coincidentally though, the diet itself is SAD! The standard American diet is one that’s low in nutrient dense foods. Your brain needs these nutrients to fuel itself – in fact, the brain is the most energy dependent part of your body! Poor quality of food leads to a decrease in brain function, so watch what you eat!
4. Over-Stressed – It’s easy to get stressed out dealing with everyday life. Stress is common in everyone – in fact, some stress is actually good for you! But when your body is overly stressed, it produces stress hormones at an alarming rate – specifically, cortisol. When cortisol levels are high, the hippocampus (a part of your brain located in the temporal lobe) can burn out.
5. Poor Sleep Quality – Just as important as the amount of sleep you get is the quality of that sleep. Sleeping issues affect millions of Americans every year – there’s an entire segment of drugs designed to help with them. Unfortunately, these same drugs serve as central nervous system suppressants, adding to your brain fog!
There is no reason to continue stumbling through life without a clear head! Schedule a consultation at Clark Chiropractic & Wellness today with a licensed chiropractor today to help you lift yourself above the fog!