As a teenager I was always quite optimistic. If something went wrong I would just say ‘oh well, nevermind’ and move on. This is something I have been really struggling with recently and as I sit in front of my laptop staring at the blinking curser while Matt plays on UFC 3 I can’t help but wonder… How the hell did I get here?
If you came here expecting some sort of oh my god, my life is a mess type of post then I am sorry to disappoint. The truth is, the title of this post isn’t really meant in a figurative way. Sometimes I literally don’t know how I got here!
One of the symptoms that I suffer from is called brain fog but you may also know it as clouding of consciousness.
Brain fog may be described as feelings of mental confusion or lack of mental clarity. It is called brain fog because it can feel like a cloud that reduces your ability to think clearly. It can cause a person to become forgetful, detached and often discouraged and depressed.
I have always had a really good memory, in fact a lot of the time I tend to remember more than most people think I should but over the past couple of years I have started to struggle. It started small… like walking into a room to get something and forgetting what is was I went in there for, forgetting to call people when I said that would, you know, trivial stuff. But recently, it seems to be getting worse.
A couple of months ago, when the weather was colder, me and Matt bought an electric blanket. Each morning when I made the bed I would set it up, then we would plug it in about 30 minutes before bedtime. When bedtime came, the blanket would come off and be placed on a chair until the following day. Early one evening I got a shout from a very angry Matt, I walked up the stairs to find out what the problem was and for some reason, when I had set the blanket up that morning I had plugged it in. Yep, the blanket had been on full, for approximately 12 hours and for the most part we had both been at work… and I couldn’t even remember plugging it in. Luckily, we did not have any sort of fire and now I am not allowed to touch the electric blanket in case it happens again.Imagine you are going away on holiday and you get about 20 miles away in the car and suddenly you can't remember if you locked up the house... well that's pretty much what it is like for me every minute of every day. Click To Tweet
That’s not it though, I can have a conversation with someone and completely forget having said conversation. I agree to things and if I don’t write it down anywhere I then completely forget and I constantly leave lights on around the house or even worse, leave the oven or gas on, move things without realising and the worst thing is, I am usually so adamant that it never happened that it causes no end of arguments. I have about 5 different calendars, plus the calendar on my phone but even then I can still miss things.
For those of you who suffer from it yourself, I bet you are reading thinking, that sounds familiar! For those who are lucky enough not to suffer from it, well I would try to explain it to you but it is difficult. I guess if you imagine that you are in bed, about to fall asleep and suddenly you can’t remember if you turned to oven off. Imagine you are going away on holiday and you get about 20 miles away in the car and suddenly you can’t remember if you locked up the house… well that’s pretty much what it is like for me every minute of every day. The only thing that changes is the severity of each ‘episode’.
So what are the symptoms of brain fog?
Obviously you have the obvious symptoms such as forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, confusion and trouble remember simple information but other symptoms can include headaches, anxiety, low mood or depression, low energy or fatigue, irritability, low motivation and trouble sleeping.
And what causes brain fog and can I treat it?
For me, it is caused by an existing condition but brain fog can increase if you are not getting enough sleep, ideally you should aim for between seven to nine hours. If you are getting enough sleep and still experiencing symptoms, it may be diet related, try cutting down on sugar, caffeine and alcohol and see if that makes difference. According to Dr Axe, the most common cause is dehydration, so make sure you are drinking enough too.
Do you suffer from brain fog? Let me know if you have found anything that helps…
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