What is the difference between the tiredness of the body and the tiredness of the brain?
Even if you feel tired, you are often deceived by your brain. For example, when you have a cold, you feel tired because your brain tries not to move your body any more. This is a protective reaction of the brain. The brain gives the body an illusion of tiredness so that the brain makes the body take a rest forcibly.
What is the cause of the tiredness of the brain?
The tiredness of the brain is the tiredness of the autonomic nervous system.
The autonomic nervous system is the control tower to give commands to all over the body unconsciously. The autonomic nervous system controls various body’s functions such as heart rate, sweating, digestion.
What makes the autonomic nervous system tired?
1. Using smart phones and computers for long hours
Because there is too much information on the computer, our brain automatically tries to organize or memorize the information and the autonomic nervous system tries too much, resulting in getting tired.
2. Eating while watching TV
If you continuously eat while watching TV, the autonomic nervous system has to keep giving an order to digest the foods, resulting in getting tired.
3. Extreme temperature difference
Be careful about extreme difference in temperature caused by AC. When the autonomic nervous system gets tired, it becomes difficult to regulate the body temperature and there is a possibility to worsen cold intolerance.
Doing something against nature puts a burden on the autonomic nervous system.
Soaking in a hot bath like 42 degrees C (107.6 degrees F) is a burden to the autonomic nervous system because it has to make the heart rate faster and sweat to lower down the body temperature. Sweating is the condition that the autonomic nervous system works hard to lower down the body temperature.
Signs showing tiredness of the autonomic nervous system
1. Did you become sensitive to cold or heat recently?
2. Did your eyes become bleary recently?
3. Do you tend to lean on the wall when you are standing?
4. Do you feel the volume of TV that your family member is watching is too loud or too small?
5. Do you feel swelling at night?
6. Can’t you sometimes wake up even if you set an alarm?
If you answer True for any of the six questions, there is a possibility that your autonomic nervous system is tired. If you fit more than 3 questions, your autonomic nervous system is very tired.
Weakening of the autonomic nervous system leads to being difficult to regulate blood pressure, blood sugar and blood flow. If the weakening of the autonomic nervous system continues for a long time, as a result, the risk of the occurrence of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke will be much higher. So it is important not to make the autonomic nervous system tired.
How to get rid of the tiredness of the autonomic nervous system
1. Get the power of migratory birds from Chicken breast
It was discovered recently that the substance that enables migratory birds to fly long distance was Imidazole dipeptide, which is a type of anti-oxidative substance contained a lot in the base of wings of birds and healing tiredness. A chicken doesn’t fly but genetically it has imidazole dipeptide in its breast. Having imidazole dipeptide taken from chicken breasts eases tiredness. In a research, having chicken breasts for 2 weeks improved tiredness of 75% of people. It is necessary to continue eating 100 g (0.22 lb.) for more than 2 weeks every day.
2. Finish Dinner 3 hours before going to bed
If you eat something difficult to digest right before you go to bed, your energy was consumed to digest and absorb the nutrition putting a burden to the autonomic nervous system. While you are sleeping, the autonomic nervous system has to work overtime. Also while the autonomic nervous system works hard, you can’t have good sleep. If you finish your dinner 3 hours before you go to bed, the autonomic nervous system is not necessary to work overtime and as a result, you can sleep well.
3. Take a bath of 39 degrees C (102.2 degrees F)
Taking a hot bath like 42 degrees C (107.6 degrees F) is a burden to the autonomic nervous system. In the way of healing tiredness, sauna is not good because you sweat a lot.
4. Make the color of the room light Orange from 2 hours before going to bed
From the beginning of the history, animals start the preparation of sleep by seeing the color of the sunset. The color of the sunset moves the autonomic nervous system toward sleep.
Good sleep heals the tiredness of the autonomic nervous system. What prevents the good sleep is snoring. Snoring is like breathing through a thin straw all night because the airway is blocked. While you are snoring, the autonomic nervous system works hard to take oxygen through thin airway and elevate the heart rate to send oxygen to the brain. Though you are in sleep, the autonomic nervous system has to work hard like doing exercise so snoring makes you tired even if you are sleeping.
5. Sleep on your side holding a hug pillow
Sleeping on your side decreases the amount of snoring by 30-40%. Sleeping on your back makes the tongue and the muscles around the throat fall down by gravity narrowing the airway. Sleeping on your side makes the tongue not fall down by gravity and keeps the airway more easily. Holding a hug pillow helps you keep the posture. Sleeping on your side prevents the accident by sleep apnea as well.
When you drink alcohol too much, the autonomic nervous system becomes numb and can’t control the tongue, leading to snoring.
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