Sleep Your Brain Fog Away
Do you wake up feeling fuzzy and mentally fatigued? Maybe you are having trouble remembering things. A poor night’s sleep can have a detrimental impact on your thinking, concentration, and productivity. It can leave you feeling inattentive the next day and slower to react to changes in your environment. This can be especially dangerous if you are on the road or have to work with machinery at your job. If you are a student, you won’t be able to absorb as much new information as you need to learn.
Our brains need sleep, just like the rest of our body does. One of the main culprits keeping our brains awake at night, is technology. Scrolling through your smartphone, watching television or playing video games, continuously stimulates the brain and stops our melatonin levels from rising. Instead, our cortisol levels stay high, keeping us awake. It becomes harder to fall asleep, and because the brain is still partially stimulated, you won’t be able to sleep deep enough. If you develop a chronic sleep disorder, like insomnia, you have a greater risk of getting high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.
How to get rid of your brain fog
The only way to get rid of your brain fog and increase your productivity and concentration, is to get better and more sleep. If you know you are staying up too late to binge watch Netflix or playing video games, you will have to make a conscious change to stop doing that. Creating a sleep routine can help with this. Try to avoid screens for an hour before you want to go to bed. Avoiding stimulants like caffeine and nicotine will also help your brain to unwind. Try to make your room as dark as possible by filtering out ambient light and using block-out curtains. This will help your melatonin levels rise.
You also need to ensure that you have a comfortable bed. If your mattress is not supporting you, you will have trouble getting a quality night’s rest regardless of anything else you implement to help you sleep. Your mattress needs to be just firm enough to support your hips and the natural curve of your spine. When you are comfortable in your bed, you should be able to drift off to sleep easily and allow your mind a bit of a break. It will only take a few nights of proper sleep to help your brain fog and poor concentration disappear.
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