Let’s admit it, there was a point in time where you locked your door, and while you were out, you began wondering whether you actually locked the door, or a time where you went out shopping and just couldn’t remember where you parked your car. This loss of your train of thought is normal and happens to everyone. It is known as brain fog. Is this something to be worried about? Why does it even happen?
“Brain fog” is not a medical condition. This is a term used for certain symptoms that can affect one’s thinking ability. In many instances, a person may find it confusing, disorganized, or difficult to put his or her thoughts into words.
Here we look at reasons why you may not think straight.
Many women find it difficult to remember things during pregnancy. Carrying a baby can change the body in many ways, and chemicals released to nourish and protect the baby can cause memory problems.
Some types of over-the-counter and prescribed medications can cause brain fog. If a person is on medication and notices that his or her thinking is not as clear as it should be, or suddenly cannot remember things, seek medical help.
Cancer and cancer treatment
Chemotherapy (treatment for cancer) can sometimes lead to what is called “chemo brain.” A person may not be able to remember details such as name or date, and find it difficult to multitask. It usually disappears fairly quickly, but for some people it can last for a long time after treatment. Cancer itself can also cause brain fog. For example, when it affects the brain.
An individual needs to sleep in order for his or her brain to work, but too much of it can make him or her feel foggy. Aim for seven (7) to nine (9) hours. To get a good rest before bed, avoid caffeine and alcohol after lunch and keep your computer and smartphone away from your bedroom.
What can i do to clear the fog?
Treatment of brain fog often depends on the underlying cause, but there are some things one can do at home to keep his or her mind alert and sharp. These include:
1. Having enough sleep.
2. Eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats.
3. Engage in activities such as regular exercise and meditation, try out activities like crosswords and sudoku, and puzzles.
4. Manage stress by knowing your limits. For example, completing one task at a time and setting reminders for upcoming events.
1. Reagan O. (Jan 2021). “What Was I Saying Again?” Six Common Causes for Brain Fog. Available at https://www.bannerhealth.com.
2. Webmd. Reasons You May Have Brain Fog. Available at https.//webmd.com
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