What’s Affecting Your Concentration?

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Do you find yourself struggling to focus on the task at hand, whether you’re at work or at home? Do you sometimes zone out and find it difficult to complete even the simplest of tasks?

If you answered yes to the above, chances are you suffer from a severe lack of concentration.

There are number of factors that can affect your ability to focus, including your lifestyle, your diet and your temperament. Let’s take a look at these issues in more detail below, and explain how best to remedy them.

Sleep Deprivation

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According to recent studies, over a quarter of the United States population do not get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep, and on top of that, almost 10% experience chronic insomnia.

Sleep deprivation can be caused by a number of factors, including prolonged stress, illnesses, personal issues and food intake. Whatever the reason, not getting enough sleep at night can have disastrous consequences on your ability to concentrate the next day.

If your body hasn’t been properly rested the night before, you may also find yourself dozing off much easier the next day; fighting to stay awake whilst trying to carry out everyday actions. This of course means your mind will be more focussed on keeping you awake instead of what’s actually going on in front of you, and can cause you to become distracted whilst writing, working or even driving.

On average, adults require 7-8 hours of sleep a night, although this is rarely feasible given the hustle and bustle of modern day living. If you’re having problems sleeping, bioregulators like Endoluten can help normalise sleep patterns by regulating the release of melatonin. A healthy intake of vitamin D, through supplements like D3 5000 UI, can also help reduce the effects of fatigue.

Stress

The everyday stresses of adult life can put an enormous strain on your mind, and with all the responsibilities piling up, these pressures can cause majorly unwanted distractions.

Small bursts of anxiety, known as episodes of acute stress, can actually have a positive effect on your actions. In some cases they can significantly stimulate your thought process, helping you to focus on exactly what is needed and efficiently complete the task at hand. However, long-term or severe worries can send your thoughts into a frenzy, particularly as you concern yourself with other issues instead of those that require your immediate attention.

To help alleviate the symptoms of stress, you can use natural anti-anxiety supplements like Galamate B6 to help improve your mental clarity.

Grief

Mourning the loss of someone close to you, or a prolonged case of intense despair, can have a hugely negative impact on your daily activities, as well as having a number of negative implications on the way you think, feel and act.

Grief is a perfectly natural response, and a healthy coping mechanism, when dealing with loss, but with your brain and body so overcome with sadness, your mental coordination can be thrown into disarray.

This can cause your concentration to slip, your memory to become distorted and your sleeping pattern to be interrupted. Luckily, grief will naturally alleviate itself over time, as soon as your body and mind are ready. This process can aided in many different ways, including through surrounding yourself with loved ones, speaking to a counsellor or by taking up new hobbies.

You can also take Gerovital supplements such as GH3Pro alongside to help reduce the stresses caused by grieving and alleviate sadness.

Your Diet

Believe it or not, the food you consume can also have a detrimental effect on your concentration. Large doses of E-numbers, caffeine, artificial sweeteners and sugar, although good for short bursts of energy, can leave you feeling restless, hyperactive and irritable.

A healthy diet, comprising of all the main food groups (including a healthy amount of sugars) will help keep your body running properly, and in turn increase your levels of concentration. For more information on living a healthy lifestyle, why not take a look at our fantastic infographic on the secrets to living longer .

Your Surroundings

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Your location can have a huge effect on your attention. If you’re in a noisy spot, surrounded by people, there may be too many distractions for you to focus properly. Alternatively, even if you’re in the solace of your own room, little things such as having the TV on in the background, or listening to music, can be major distractions.

Of course this all depends on your temperament and working style. Some people are actually more efficient when listening to music. It’s worth trying out different ways of working before you settle with a style that best suits you.

Those are the top five factors which can have the biggest impact on your attentiveness, but let us know if there’s anything that you find particularly distracting in the comments section below.

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