Given that 100 percent of the things we do on a daily basis involve our brains, constant brain fog can feel like one of the most debilitating health issues you can have. A surprising number of people get by despite it, but they’re probably not working or socializing to the best of their abilities. This problem can start to feel normal when you’re dealing with it all the time, but addressing it can really turn your life around. Once your mind is working better, after all, everything else will be.
What exactly is brain fog, though? “It can feel like you are out of it, like when haven’t slept, and just not being able to focus,” pediatrician Alison Mitzner, MD tells Bustle. “Some may be confused or forgetful.” In other words, your mind is just not totally there.
The way you treat brain fog depends on the cause, but a healthy diet, sleep, and de-stressing are all probably good bets, says Mitzner. To figure out what solution is right for you, talk to a doctor or therapist and get to the bottom of your brain fog. If you’re trying to figure out why you just can’t seem to think straight, here are a few possibilities you may want to explore.