Solutions to Brain Fatigue and Brain Fog
The Interrelationship Between Mental Fatigue and Physical Fatigue
“ You were saddled with a million projects [….]. You know you said you’d go to the gym after work, but you’re wiped out […] You had a hard day, but it was hard mentally — you were sitting down for most of it. Well, all that stuff they say about the mind-body connection is real. Research shows that mental fatigue really does lead to physical fatigue. It’s obvious that when your brain is tired, you’re not as mentally sharp.” There’s a Reason Your Body Is Tired When Your Brain Is Fried, Ashley Hamer
Scientists found that mental fatigue highly affects physical performance. In 2009, Samuele M. Marcora and his team at Bangor University in Wales published a study in which they had people ride a stationary bike to exhaustion after spending 90 minutes either doing a mentally demanding computer exercise or watching a boring documentary.
The participants weren’t able to pedal for as long after doing the cognitively demanding computer task as they were after watching the documentary. They also reported higher feelings of physical exertion on the post-computer-task ride.
Mental Fatigue Lower Physical Endurance
Brain fatigue and brain fog damage our work productivity. Studies found that mental fatigue lower physical endurance. For a study published in June in Sports Medicine, Australian and Belgian researchers examined a hypothesis put forward in 2014 and confirmed that adenosine is the chemical to blame.
As the brain gets tired, it demands rest. Do not beat yourself up too much. When you do something that’s mentally taxing, your brain burns through glucose. It utilizes sugary chemical as a fuel. As glucose levels drop, levels of adenosine rise and block the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Essentially, dopamine plays a deciding role in goal-seeking behavior. When dopamine can’t operate properly, you would be less motivated to keep working on the task at hand, which forces your brain to stop working and recharge yourself first.
Chronic Stress Is a Common Cause of Brain Fog
According to a 2017 Gallup poll, 80 percent of Americans report feeling stressed either frequently or sometimes.
Nothing functions well when we’re having long-term sleep deprivation. Gillespie emphasizes the importance of sufficient sleep. Exercise and mindfulness breathing exercises help people to sleep better.
Most often, brain fog is a reminder that you should take better care of yourself and pay more attention to your body. Quit unhealthy habits like burning out the midnight oil or digest tons of fried food or regular binge eating or stress eating.
Exercise and Brain Cell Growth
Regular Exercise Improve Memory and Avoid Brain Fog
The hippocampus is critical for the formation of new memories.
Exercise boosts the size of our hippocampus in the brain. Hippocampus is involved in transferring information from short-term memory to long-term memory. In a study executed at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise makes our heart and sweat glands pumping and able to boost the size of the hippocampus, in which is situated in the brain area which involves in verbal memory and learning.
Nevertheless, resistance training and muscle toning exercises did not lead to the same results. Many elder people suffer from a deteriorating hippocampus, which often results in memory loss and disorientation. This review suggests that aerobic exercise help prevent dementia and common health problems.