How can I cure my nearly debilitating intense daily brain fog. It lasts from when i wake up to when I go to bed. I need my intelligence back for my studies.
Could noopept have destroyed my brain? I havent taken it in a few months.
What causes brain fog? Is going to a doctor a good idea?
I can't understand what I read at uni. I usually follow lectures and understand as it is going along. I cant remember things academic or in my life. I forget my wallet, keys, mobile phone. Ive fallen on stairs now three times because I'm so out of it. I wake up every morning to an alarm feeling dead. I set 8 alarms because I sleep through so many, or hear them but dont react. If I dont set alarms i sleep 10+ hours and feel even worse. It's been like this now for a few months. I suck at tests. I cant concentrate on anything. I feel like I'm going to end up on the streets. I will go to a doctor soon, but I keep forgetting to call them... because my brain is struggling just to keep up with uni.
Maybe it is potassium? Maybe I have sleep apnea?
Lifestyle + Exercise habits / Fitness level: I exercise 1-2 a week. I do body by science super slow weight lifting once or sometimes twice a week (as is recommened by Dr. Doug McGuff). I have some muscle mass built up but not a great amount. Biceps are 14 inches flexed. I leg press 138kg, bench only about 70kg, and row machine about 72kg, pull down 50kg. I can curl 15-20kg. So I'm not greatly strong but I'm not weak as hell. I do about 20-30 minutes of HIIT usually once a week and sometimes do some stationary bike or sprints outside in the morning. Probably about 25% body fat. Recently put on weight but will be getting back down. Male. 23 years old. 194cm tall. Australian. Uni student. Live alone. I have eaten keto in the past. I lost ~15kg last year 108kg to 92kg, but put on about 8 this year, but some of that is likely muscle due to my lifting. When I was 17 I was 85kg and wish to get back to that weight. I eat lots of green beans, cauliflower, brocolli, some berries, walnuts, almonds, and baby spinach. I could eat more vegetables, but it'd be ridiculous.
Sleeping habits: If sleep 7-8 hours a night. Sometimes the sleeping times can be sporadic. If I do not set an alarm I sleep 10+ hours and feel even worse. I find it very hard to wake up in the mornings. I sleep all night without interuption. I sleep near a road and at night a few cars or trucks go past every now and then. I have tried sleeping cooler, with the curtains completely closed, completely open, half open, with a fan on, with ear plugs in. So far none of that seems to have done anything. Girlfriend says I sometimes snore lightly. Ex girlfriend said I snored a lot, but I was 108kg back then.
Diet: I eat ketogenic or low carb. In the last couple of months I've had trouble sticking to it, but I eat nutritional food, but sometimes I end up eating junk as well and put on weight. I have tracked my nutrition on CRON-O-Meter. The only deficiency that I noticed was potassium, so I have been diligent in the last two weeks to get potassium in case I am deficient in that. My diet doesn't seem to be it, but maybe the extra carbohydrates have made me worse. I have gone back to strict keto again recently in case that is the problem.
Nootropic history: I have experimented with nootropics over the years. I take nothing now and haven't taken anything for a couple of months. I have tried piracetam, noopept, pramiracetam, oxiracetam, bacopa, lion's mane, pyritinol, sulbutiamine, picamilon, L-theanine, choline bitartrate. I took 10-20mg of noopept once or twice a day never for more than 3-4 weeks - a few times 30mg. I took 60mg of noopept 3-4 times and found my short term memory went to hell. I'm worried it might be the noopept that has ruined my brain.
Rec drugs habits: I don't really ever drink alcohol anymore (3 drinks in the past year, not on the same day) but in the past from age 18-22 I would sometimes get quite drunk, and I don't do any recreational drugs; I have however smoked marijuana twice in my life which I hated but that was a long time ago. I sometimes take a caffeine pill (1 time a week max) if I am in a real bind. I have tried not resorting to caffeine lately as my brain fog as gotten worse but I have drunk red bulls and taken caffeine a few in the last week because I'm desperate not to fail my classes/tests.
I was very depressed for a few years 18-22ish which was completely gone by last year. Im not depressed now. I am only upset that I cant do well and enjoy my life. I get up everyday and push through and try to be positive when my mind is a sluggish cloud of dead haziness. When I wake up in the mornings, I sometimes feel a bit down.
My current relationship stresses me out a fair bit. I am going to try meditation and maybe yoga. I might eliminate dairy. I will also go to the doctor soon because I think that's the best option.
Does anyone have any info or advice on what I can do?
Edited by Esoparagon, 20 August 2013 - 08:50 AM.