What Causes Brain Fog? 12 Possible Causes You Should Know

The brain works for several hours every single day. It calculates, critically thinks, analyzes, and responds to things the senses encounter. As it is part of the central nervous system, all of the stimuli contacted by the body are received and processed in the brain; thus, its functions are significantly vital. However, there are moments when the brain wouldn’t properly operate to the task at hand, or delays its responses and immediately forgets them, or there is difficulty in paying close attention to precise details; such occurrence is called brain fog. 

Brain fog is not considered a disease, relatively a symptom of other health conditions occurring in the body. A person who has it experiences fuzziness and unusual confusion, spacing out, disorganized thoughts and processes, inability to concentrate on a task (easily distracted), and quickly forgets information but finds it difficult to recall. The mental fatigue prevents them from focusing on home, work, or school responsibilities. 

However, brain fog is temporary and could be quickly addressed if specific treatments are immediately applied and personal care is improved.

Pressure and Stress

Many things can stimulate stress on a day-to-day basis – too many workloads or school obligations, complex familial affairs, financial needs, environmental influences, unfinished tasks or goals, failures, and other personal, behavioral, and societal factors. When the brain has to respond simultaneously to multiple tasks (especially during a short period), it could result in mental stress and pressure. The brain then finds it hard to concentrate and function effectively. Stress can slow down brain function and mental alertness and delay cognitive responses. So, when the work requires immediate answers from the brain, the person tends to push his thinking and planning skills to their limit adding damage to the already struggling brain. It cannot think clearly, and the person would gradually feel lightheadedness as if the head is hanging on a cloud and spinning. The chances of finishing a task decrease, and the ideas would flow slowly. Some judgments become unclear, tasks that are easy to achieve will take a longer time to accomplish, and mental sharpness and alertness would gradually reduce.