Mental fatigue can affect people for both short and long periods of time. The result of brain over-activity, this is a condition where the brain cells become exhausted - much like our bodies do when we've been physically over-active.
Mental fatigue can be caused by continual mental effort and attention on a particular task, as well as high levels of stress or emotion. Basically, any mental process that goes into overload can result in this disorder.
Many people begin to show signs of mental fatigue later in the working day ... tasks seem much more complicated, concentration is low, and mistakes are made. Likewise, late nights spent working or studying can cause mental fatigue, making information difficult to recollect and resulting in mistakes and clumsiness.
...there are several ways in which sufferers can help themselves. The first is through exercise, as this will improve oxygen levels in the bloodstream. The second is to take a good look at your diet.
Although there is no actual cure for mental fatigue, you will find many elixirs and herbal remedies on the market that claim to help with this condition. They are usually little 'pick-me-ups' and can work very temporarily, but have no long-term effect on continuous mental fatigue.
However, there are several ways in which sufferers can help themselves. The first is through exercise, as this will improve oxygen levels in the bloodstream and will improve cognitive processes as a result. The second is to take a good look at your diet. It is not necessarily weight that is an issue here, but nutritional values. In this day and age, it is not uncommon for breakfast to consist of a sugary snack, a cup of coffee and a swiftly smoked cigarette. Because of the craving that the sugary snack causes, more sugary snacks may be consumed throughout the morning, whilst sitting at your desk at work. Although this sugar may provide you with an energy boost it is very short-lived, and as a result many people are flagging by the afternoon.
The key to improving this condition is to focus on a well-balanced, nutritious diet that will provide a constant and gradual release of energy throughout the day. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables is ideal, but it is important to seek proper nutritional advice before embarking upon a diet. Any food allergies or sensitivities need to be identified and eliminated from your eating plan to ensure that your eating plan works effectively towards improving this condition.
Publish date: 10/05/03