You know that feeling of everything is worn out. Like your body is aching and you feel emotionally drained. Then when you have so much to do and you feel like your brain is not working at all either. That is when you know you have cognitive fatigue. Cognitive fatigue is not just being sleepy but feeling mentally exhausted. When your brain is working, that is when you get closer and closer to cognitive fatigue. Even some of the basic tasks will seem daunting when you have cognitive fatigue. This day and age if you are not doing something productive every second, then you are basically a failure. But when you are running yourself into this cognitive fatigue it is not good for you, or for anything else you want to get done.
In this article (https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/09/feeling-irritated-stressed-finding-hard-get-stuff-done-might-cognitive-fatigue-8469750/), you are working your brain so much that you are unable to ignore distractions. With that you are not able to focus on what is at hand, and you will not be able to get it done. Here are some examples of cognitive fatigue that are from (https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/09/feeling-irritated-stressed-finding-hard-get-stuff-done-might-cognitive-fatigue-8469750/):
- You find it difficult to concentrate
- You’re forgetful
- You’re easily irritated Tasks that should be simple feel difficult
- You feel overwhelmed
- You’re struggling with sleep
- You have physical symptoms of stress such as headaches, tension, and an increased heart rate
- You feel disconnected from the world, like you’re in a dream or in a fog
- You experience a ‘mental block’ – when you simply can’t do any thinking
If you are at this point of mental exhaustion. Then you need to find some ways to relieve that. Some examples to not get to the point of mental exhaustion is to take breaks, organize what needs to get done, and be realistic of what you are able to get done. Some of these and more can help make sure that you will not be too exhausted (so please use these!!!).
When having cognitive fatigue you can also have a hard time sleeping as well. In a WebMD article (https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/emotions-cognitive#1), it gives lots of information about how sleep is very much important to everyone. If you get sleep then it can actually improve your memory. With sleep deprivation it is so much harder to stay alert and concentrate. Therefore you can not complete tasks that you are wanting to get done. Also while not getting the sleep you need, you will find that learning is very difficult.
Cognitive fatigue is major, and in the end you need to relax. You can not push yourself too far. Do not expect too conquer the world in a day. Just take it one step at a time.