Almost everyone experiences brain fog on occasion. Distraction, difficulty focusing, and forgetfulness are all symptoms of this phenomenon. Luckily, brain fog usually dissipates when the issue causing it — often stress or anxiety — is resolved. The best way to get rid of brain fog is to figure out why the brain is otherwise engaged, and deal directly with this overarching problem.

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1. Insufficient sleep serves as a trigger

This is one of the leading causes of brain fog. Each person needs to get a certain amount of sleep to function efficiently at school or work during the following day. The exact amount of sleep each person requires depends on their age, health, lifestyle and other factors, but in general, most people need about eight hours sleep per night. The less sleep you get, the more likely it is to get brain fog because your energy level has a direct effect on brain functioning. Anyone with a job that demands a high degree of alertness, for example, driving, has a special responsibility to get enough sleep to be fully awake.

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