Brain fog is characterized as difficulty focusing, sluggish thinking, and memory lapses. It is a complex condition. It appears with chronic insomnia, following COVID, head injuries, drug side effects, depression, and can happen after chemo. In a research study done by Healthy Aging Programs at Cedars-Mt. Sinai Medical Center several helpful recommendations were uncovered.
- Understand the brain fog is different than cognitive changes that may occur with age. Advocating to find out “What “is occurring with medical professional is essential.
- There may be some “inflammation” surrounding the brain. Do a” Immune System Check”.
- HYDRATE HYDRATE is most important; you should be drinking an ounce of water per half your body weight. If you drink two 8 oz cups of coffee you should add 16 more ounce due to dehydrating effect of coffee.
- Eliminate or limit alcohol.
- Get good sleep hygiene: consistent bedtimes, cool dark rooms, avoid any screen time for one hour before bedtime.
- MOVE. If you are sedentary (being non-moving for 12 hours a day, get up and move at least 10 minutes of every hour. See a physical therapist to achieve appropriate daily movement.
- Check your medications for side effects with a pharmacist. Include ALL prescriptions and over the counter.
- Address any mental health issue with professionals.
Be your own self advocate and get a handle on brain fog. More information is available on scclhs.com