This is that annoying feeling you get when you just can’t focus, or think fast enough. It affects most people at some point in their lives. And it’s usually caused by a number of factors, including stress, lack of sleep, lack of carbs, alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, and even weather. If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’re having trouble staying focused. While the symptoms of a lack of focus are varied and unique to each individual, there are a few common symptoms that can be indicative of a “brain fog” problem.
To help you avoid brain fog, here are some tips:
- Eat a high-protein breakfast. Protein helps your brain produce new cells, which puts more oxygen in areas where your thinking happens. It also helps the production of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin that keep your brain stable and free from unwanted influences.
- Get enough sleep every night. Your body needs eight hours of sleep every night to work at its best. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try reading before bed to relax your mind. Take naps during the day if you need them, but don’t nap too late at night or too close to bedtime. As soon as you wake up, get moving — exercise will help give your body a boost as well as keep stress at bay so you won’t feel drowsy later on during the day.
- Take zinc supplements for healthy immune function. A recent study found that zinc is the only supplement that helped reduce brain fog in people with Alzheimer’s disease who took it for 12 weeks. That’s because zinc helps the body produce more enzymes involved in cell growth and reproduction. Studies show that taking it can protect against cognitive decline related to aging or head trauma too.