Brain fog and concentration

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Hi All,

I'm looking for a little advice...
Since becoming a father my sleep has been destroyed fairly regularly by our daughter who is coming up to 1 year old. I'm not complaining and fully expect this as a new father. However, as I'm sure some of you will recognise, trying to do technical work when you are fatigued and stressed can be a real struggle.

For me, I have found that a morning routine has helped and a few other things like meditation but right now my concentration and focus are really suffering and that creates a vicious cycle when it comes to getting actual shit done.

I'm starting to think whether some form of supplement stack might help me in the short-term until my daughter is a bit better at nights.

Came across this https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-BrainZyme®-Original-Concentration-Motivation/dp/B075RDVDZ7


Not really sure about this or any other supplements, but I'd be keen to hear from people here whether there is anything I can take on an occasional basis to help me when things are very tough.

Obviously, we are trying to solve the sleep problem as that is the root cause, it, however, a little out of our control. So I'm looking for something that will help me be more focused and able to concentrate when tired.

Thanks
 
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I take it your avatar photo is not you then!

My kids are now 8 and 6 but I remember those days you're going through. It can be very tough. Sometimes I felt I was a walking zombie with zero focus. From experience, I'd say take the dog for a walk in the morning to get that fresh air boost, then settle down to some work, as I found the afternoon was when I got the tiredest. Not sure about supplements but the healthier your diet is the most energy you will have. Meditation is also a bonus.

Good luck, the kids are worth it, even if sometimes it doesn't seem like it!

ps. if you get a big lull in concentration go for a quick walk or something to snap you out of it.
 

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Well, I can say only this for what it's worth: change the place where you sleep. Talk to wife and both of you setup a new space for your sleep. That might help, depends on how your girl is behaving at night. Still, this is the best solution I can think of. Supplements? Legal? Won't work to be honest, just my view... Supps illegal? No comments :wink:

My friend had a similar problem, then they decided to put the head of family in a different room :smile: It worked out for them really well. The important fact here to keep in mind is that he is the only provider for the family, so wife could take a sleepless nights while he was able to have some time for rest.
 

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Diet, exercise, and sleep will be a big part of this with or without supplements.

I know, I know.. that's what everyone says. But I would focus on those areas first to make sure you are getting out of them all you can first. If you can only hit 80% on each, so be it and then look for supplements. But make sure you are doing what you can in each first.

After that, I would suggest you read the labels on any brain/focus/concentration supplements.

I own 50% of a focus/energy/concentration/mental clarity supplement company. I am not here to tout my product ( most of you probably have never heard of it or know it ), but a lot of supplements pushed on Amazon are filler and junk.

We just reformulated our product in the last 60 days and have our v2 out. We were one of the first supplements made for this specific need about 10 years ago.

Of note, supplements can only do so much. You will still need to weed out distractions around you ( email and social media, phone, kids, coworkers, etc ).

If you want, take a look at [removed, seen you were in the UK]. Hit me up and I will see about sending you a free bottle when I get back from traveling in about a week. If you need it faster, you can just place a regular order and pay for it on the site.

Actually, I just noticed you are maybe in the UK. Sorry, we don't ship there atm. We did, but ran into some issues with customs so we stopped for a while. Sorry man.

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That supplements won't do that much, strong coffee will probably be more beneficial. I'm big on productivity so hear me out here. Especially with internet marketing - you are spending a lot of time on the most distracting place ever (internet). There are two major things to do:

a) You need to reduce your distractions, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater (literally). For me, this involves not using the internet on my smartphone ever. The push notification kill my productivity. If you find yourself scrolling through social media or Reddit, etc. stop. The baby is a distraction of course, but if you think about it there may be a ton of other distractions in your life that are easier to solve.

b) Do things to enhance your focus, I meditate for a short period first thing every morning, and go to the gym 5-6x/week with no headphones. Recently, I have been going for a walk every night to clear my head.

I would also recommend you check out the book Deep Work (Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World) by Cal Newport.
 
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I'm constantly sleep deprived because of chronic pain.

I can tell you that the only thing that works is napping. You can't cheat your way out of sleep deprivation.

Make it a habit to get a nap midday or afternoon. I recommend at least 1 hour, but a powernap (30 mins), can also give you a little bit of extra energy.
 

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I spent a couple years playing with every type of piracetam and modafinil and adrafinil and all that. I wouldn't recommend getting into nootropics. I feel like they ultimately contributed to another episode of a pretty serious pre-existing mental health thing I have going on (derealization). That's partially for the reasons mentioned above I think, where we ignore the root cause and deal with the symptoms.

Can you and the lady trade nights? One night one of you sleeps with ear plugs and the other deals with the baby.

Part of this is going to be nutrition and exercise management, and the other will be time and energy management in the sense like making sure you knock out the highly cognitive demanding stuff first while you're freshest, then pick at emails and easy writing and things like that later.
 

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My kids are both teenagers now but I lost plenty of sleep when they were little. Skip the drugs and focus on food, especially if you drink or eat a lot of sugar. No legal drugs will help you and the illegal stuff isn't worth the price of addiction.
 
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Naturally - sweat/workout/cardio + limited sugars and carbs

Shortcut - Adderall
 

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A yoga practice can do amazing things. It ticks the boxes for both body and mind. Give it 3 months minimum before judging.
 

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Thanks all.

My wife and I are both working and she works crazy hours also, so there is not more domestic adjustments we can make at the moment the Jnr is teething which makes matters worse!

My diet is ok, I think there is probably a little nutritional shortage in a few areas but not bad on average.

I was hoping to find something that just helps me cut the fog a little without getting too involved in anything "special".

Thanks for the tips and ideas so far!