Brain Fog/Stress/Sleep

BRAIN FOG

Brain fog is the feeling of being "in a fog" or "in the clouds". This usually will entail:

  • Slower mental processing speed
  • Poor mental clarity
  • Feeling of heaviness
  • Midafternoon fatigue

Brain fog is directly a symptom of brain inflammation. Patients will often complain of not being productive or motivated to complete a task, whether at home or work. They are unable to focus, concentrate, or pay attention for periods of time. They may even feel that they are unable to continue to work or spend time with others. The adverse effects can be large and wide reaching.

When we successfully treat brain inflammation patients have said: “I no longer have that sleepy feeling; my brain is working faster again. Now I don’t feel like I’m struggling just to get my work done.”

We have many options for treating brain inflammation.

  1. Support the brain with the right nutraceuticals that have been shown to dampen the immune/inflammatory response.
  2. We examine and address lifestyle factors that contribute to brain fog, including diet/nutrition, stress, sleep, and exercise.
  3. Often, we suggest that the patient get precise brain stimulation, administered through a variety of brain-based therapies.

STRESS/SLEEP ISSUES

In today’s hectic world, many people “stress out” their bodies with unhealthy lifestyles. There are three types of stress: Physical, Mental/Emotional and Chemical.

The symptoms of stress can be quite varied, depending on if it is physical, emotional, chemical or a combination of stresses. Stress can eventually lead to anxiety and depression.

The most common signs of stress are:

  • Poor sleep
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Poor memory
  • Joint pain

Often the body produces cortisol in response to stress. Too much, or prolonged cortisol in our body can create serious damage to the body and cause many significant symptoms.

One very common symptom of stress is poor sleep. Normally melatonin and cortisol are in a tension with each other. Melatonin makes us sleepy and should be at its peak at night, while Cortisol peaks during the day. This forms a healthy circadian rhythm and allows for a great night’s sleep. However, when stress results in too much cortisol it means your body is in flight or fright mode. This inhibits sleep.

Poor sleep and prolonged cortisol can also assault the hippocampus which is our brain’s memory center. This is why poor sleep and memory are often paired.

To get to the root issue we perform the necessary tests which may include the following:

  • Cortisol/melatonin lab test
  • Functional profile lab test
  • Food sensitivity lab test
  • Brain span lab and online tests
  • QEEG testing of brain function
  • Chiropractic and/or physical therapy examinations

We have options for treating stress which get to the root issue.

The best treatment for stressed bodies is to remove the stress, but that is often not realistic. At Team Health Care Clinic we help the body eliminate the damage that the stress creates. We take the time necessary to get to the root issue of stress for each patient. Our providers truly excel in helping patients with chronic stress symptoms.

We have many options for treating brain inflammation.

  1. We use neutraceuticals to dampen the brain fog/inflammation.
  2. We determine and address the cause of the brain fog: trauma, toxicity, deficiencies, stress, etc.
  3. Brain balancing therapies such as neurofeedback, TMS and many others are good options.

Each patient’s stress manifests itself in a different way. If you have a chronic condition, our providers will take the time to do the proper testing to come up with an appropriate course of correction using one of our reparative options.