Do You Have Brain Fog and Can’t Focus?

Sometimes when I have conversations with people, it really feels like their words are just going in one ear and out the other or perhaps as if they are speaking in a foreign language. It’s kind of automatic and it is not because I don’t enjoy their presence. My brain simply just doesn’t register things at that moment.

Even with all the caffeine that I take and with all the sleep I get (7 to 8 hours worth), there are just days when my brain just does not want to work. There are days when I would easily forget where I park my car after visiting some place. There are even days when I will forget what I was talking about mid-sentence. Don’t even get me started on remembering people’s names of those whom I just met for the first time. It almost feels as if my body is just falling apart.

I start to have thoughts of whether I am getting early Alzheimer’s disease or if there is just something wrong with my mind/brain. I mean, I eat fairly healthy and try to exercise. Some days I would go out for fast food, but I also know of people who are way more concentrated EVEN when eating fast food every day. So what’s going on here? This doesn’t seem to be fair…

The good news is, if you feel this way at times too, you are not alone and KNOW that you are okay! Although the conditions may not be very favorable, we will go over how to handle this. But before I get there, I’ll be going over some basic things.

How Our Brain Works

Our brain produces 5 different types of wavelengths (seen with electroencephalography, or EEG) emitted at different frequencies. They include (from slowest to fastest) in Hertz (Hz), a measurement for cycles per second:

  • Delta waves (0.1 Hz to 0.4 Hz)
    • regulates deep sleep, pain relief, healing/recovering
  • Theta waves (4 Hz to 8 Hz)
    • regulates sleep, relaxing, creativity
  • Alpha waves (8 Hz to 13 Hz)
    • regulates relaxed focus (more passive), stress reduction, positive thinking, passive learning
  • Beta waves (13 Hz to 30 Hz)
    • regulates focused attention, cognitive ability, problem solving
  • Gamma waves (30+ Hz)
    • regulates higher levels of cognitive ability, memory, the highest alertness/awareness

Everyone has different levels of these brain waves and they fluctuate throughout the day depending on what activity is being done. For example, when we are sleeping, delta, theta, and alpha waves are produced at higher levels. On the other hand, when we are alert and awake such as at school or work, we may have higher levels of alpha, beta, and gamma waves.

Our brains are sophisticated enough that it just seems to produce the necessary wavelengths automatically for each activity and we should be grateful to not have to deal with all that. However, there are habits we may be doing that CAN interfere with that process by throwing the different wavelengths out of balance and hence lead to symptoms like brain fog. This is where you will feel like you are unable to concentrate, have difficulty making decisions, etc.

Habits and Processes that Cause Brain Fog

There are many habits and processes that we go through that can contribute to brain fog and they include:

Although we may try to take care of these things (and doing it well too), sometimes the brain fog just happens anyway. We wonder if there are any other methods to resolve this. In fact, there is a way (or tool)!

What is a Tool that Can Help Improve Brain Function?

In addition to making efforts to correct the habits/processes listed above, there is actually a tool that can help improve brain function called “binaural beats therapy”. Binaural beats therapy is where you essentially hear recordings of sound frequencies that enter each ear at slightly different frequencies.

What is interesting is that your brain will find the middle ground by trying to combine the sounds and it will only “hear” the difference between the two sound frequencies. As a result, your brain will hear something equivalent to one of the 5 wavelengths (delta, theta, alpha, beta, or gamma).

That can sound a bit confusing, but here is an example. If you hear in one ear at 100 Hz, and in another ear at 110 Hz, the brain will listen to the difference between the two sound frequencies which would be 10 Hz. This is similar to alpha waves (8 Hz to 13 Hz). If you are deficient of alpha waves (perhaps from poor sleep), then by hearing binaural beats playing at a frequency difference of 10 Hz, your brain will synchronize with that sound frequency and even start producing those alpha waves! It is almost like taking sound supplements for the brain!

Where Can I Find Binaural Beats?

Now, there are MANY versions of binaural beats available. There are some that help with getting rid of negative thoughts and stress while there are others for increasing focus and concentration. I have a feeling that by adjusting the difference in the sound frequencies entering each ear, you can imitate one or several of the 5 wavelengths that your brain may be deficient of, hence helping your brain to synchronize with the sound difference and produce the desired wavelength as well as the desired effect!

Of course, you yourself will NOT have to do the adjusting or tuning in the binaural beat therapy frequency difference since that is VERY complex technology. Just choose the desired version (or sound track) with the desired effect.

Since we are on the topic of brain fog, your brain may be deficient of theta waves (probably from being too overactive with the beta and gamma waves due to school or work) so here is a soundtrack to help with that!

Binaural Beats Track for Brain Fog

If you find this useful, you can search for other specific ones on YouTube. Just type in “Binaural beats” as well as your desired goal (stress, improved concentration, etc.) Or you can purchase an album here as well. (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases)

Other Benefits to Binaural Beats Therapy

In addition to improving cognitive performance, binaural beats therapy has been known to help with:

  • Reduced anxiety and stress levels
  • Improved memory
  • Improved confidence
  • More focused during meditation sessions
  • Better sleep
  • New ideas (creativity)
  • Better mood

Caution

Since these sound waves may stimulate various brain activities and responses, it is recommended to not listen to this while driving or any other activity that requires alertness. It can sound counter-intuitive because some tracks boost focus, BUT the last thing you want is to reach something like an “epiphany moment”, be driving at 65 mph, and not realize the vehicle 500 feet ahead of you has come to a complete stop. Definitely NOT worth the risk.

My Experience with Binaural Beats Therapy

I do not necessarily do this therapy all the time since I am quite busy and forget at times too. But on days when I just absolutely cannot function (like how my conversations with people just are not productive, when words just go in one ear and out the other), I would remember to do this therapy. I would play binaural beats soundtracks with my headphones and just sit there listening and not think about anything else.

These soundtracks are not necessarily the most catchy sounding and it has almost like a “buzzing”, ambient tune to it. After a 10 to 20 minute session, I actually do feel quite recharged as if I just had the best sleep ever. Sometimes I feel even better than when I had a full night’s sleep. I feel a lot more calm, can make decisions quicker, and I am just more productive in general.

There are days when I would remember to use this therapy multiple days in a row, and I would not notice much difference. It could just be that I was already receiving the same (max) results as the previous day so I might have reached an optimal brain state and was able to maintain it. After all, my brain was functional so I’m not complaining there. It is when I do not do it for a while that I noticed a significant difference after hearing these sounds again. So I highly recommend this binaural beats therapy when encountering brain fog.

Summary

Life can be quite demanding at times and it can really take a toll on each of us. Sometimes sleep alone is not sufficient to help our brains fully recover let alone a proper diet with exercise. Therefore, what is being recommended here is the utilization of binaural beats within our daily schedules. They practically act like “supplements” for our brain.

In as little as 10 minutes, these binaural beats can help you feel refreshed. This will also improve your ability to concentrate as you go about your day. Hopefully, you will feel more at peace and be stress free!

Did you enjoy this life hack on how to get rid of brain fog and improve brain function? Please leave a comment below!

22 thoughts on “Do You Have Brain Fog and Can’t Focus?”

  1. This is a very interesting article and very helpful to many people who experience this brain fog condition. I like how you have described the various states of consciousness in good detail. Regardless of the exact cause of the brain fog, there are definite solutions as you described, and binaural beats are an effective option. I have used them in the past and found them effective.

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    • Hello there, Joseph! Thank you for your comment. I am happy to hear that you found binaural beats to be effective for you. You notice the most benefit just after a short session when you haven’t listened to it in a while, something that still continues to surprise me.

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  2. Yes I have brain fog. I’ve been drinking tea to help with my focusing and taking supplements. This binaural beats looks very interesting. I would love to try it out and share with a friend.  I have a soundmachine that might be very similar.  Thanks for sharing.

    Are there many reviews on it?

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    • Hello there, Alyse! Tea and supplements are great ways for developing a healthy life style. Sometimes, those brain fogs still manage to find their way to us despite being healthy. You can check out the YouTube link for a free sample that I included in my post before purchasing a full album. Binaural beats are quite similar to the music used during yoga and meditation now that I think about it, and there are many good reviews on it.

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  3. Binaural beats have worked for me in a number of ways. I started using them so I could actually remember my dreams better and be actively in control of how my dream works. With enough practice this is very possible. I have had many dreams now that I remember and I use to just go to bed and wake up. This is an excellent article with truly many benefits!

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    • Hello there Christian! I am happy to hear that you are familiar with binaural beats and that they have been working for you. I have heard of soundtrack versions of lucid dreaming but haven’t actually listened to them yet (mainly just the stress and concentration ones for me). I have had some moments where I was in control of my dreams and it’s an amazing experience. My favorite lucid dreams were learning to fly.

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  4. Very interesting post. Current situation related to covid and spending so much time home make me often tired and stressed. Normally I’m dealing with it with caffeine and other supplements, but its not always works as I would like. To be fair I have never heard before about binaural beats but I’m very curious to try this method. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

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    • Hello Cogito! It is very new and interesting technology. I was having heavy brain fog day and was just not productive at all. I remember how effective meditation can be just from what I’ve studied in school and then while looking for music to go with it, I happen to come across Binaural Beats, which has been known to produce the same effect as meditation. After looking a bit more into it, I realized the science behind it started to align with what I learned in school about the different brain waves and activities. It’s quite complicated science but I think most people just want the beneficial effects from it, which is perfectly fine.

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  5. This is a great article because I have been struggling with focusing on my tasks and getting my work done in a timely fashion because I struggle with focusing and have consistent brain fog. I love that you went into how our brain works generally, I love the art of neuroscience, this is always so interesting to me. thanks for the research 

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    • Hello there, Misael! You are welcome! Hopefully these strategies will help you reduce or even eliminate brain fog and even more productivity can come your way.

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  6. I found this article very interesting and informative. I had never actually heard the term “binaural beats” previously. While the explanation for why they are beneficial is “science-y”, it makes sense. I know I definitely suffer from brain fog on occasion. It’s not usual for me to forget who was on the phone between the time I’m told by the person answering it for me and the point they give me the receiver. I will most definitely be giving binaural beats a try.

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    • Hello there, William! Thank you for your comment. I actually tried to stray away from too much science but my science background from my studies in school still manage to find its way out of me. But while trying to fight it off, I tried to explain things in as layman terms as I could. I am glad to hear that, despite the “science-ness” of my article, it still made sense for you. Hopefully the binaural beats therapy will help you too as it did for me.

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  7. Hey Mike, 

    Very interesting topic! I was curious when I came across this because I get what you are saying with Brain Fog. There are times where I feel like all I can do is stare into space. I actually enjoy it at times but when there are things that need to be done or I am trying to focus on something in particular it can be annoying and troublesome.

    I would have has no idea that soundtrack with specific wavelengths could have such an effect. Your explanation of how the brain works really supports how this could work. I am going to have to try it. 

    I have issues with getting enough sleep. I try to eat right and exercise but sometimes when I don’t get enough sleep is when the fog is at its worst. I am going to try the binaural beats and see if it helps.

    Thanks,

    Chad

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    • Hello there, Chad! Thank you for your comment. I have an article on improving sleep too if you want to check that out. Hope the binaural beats are able to help you.

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  8. Since I have a little daughter (she will be two years old soon), I have a real lack of sleep (she still doesn’t sleep all night) and that’s why the feeling of brain fog is quite common. This idea for binaural beats therapy is great, thank you for introducing it to us and describing your experience. I will definitely give it a try.
    Thanks also for a great explanation and describing all 5 different types of wavelengths produced by our brains.
    Friendly greeting,
    Nina

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    • Hello there Nina! Hopefully with the binaural beats therapy, you can find some improvement in your sleep! I am sure that with everything you do and the sacrifices you made for your daughter, she will greatly appreciate it with time.

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  9. Wow, this article was super informative and interesting. I really enjoyed the detail that you went into and how clearly you explained everything. I’m a little bit of a science buff/nerd myself, and I think you did a great job explaining it from a scientific perspective. And while being concise & comprehensive from that side, you also did a great job explaining it in a way that almost anyone should be able to understand. Thanks for all the info, this article is great!

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    • Hello there! Thank you for your comment! I try to prevent myself from using too many scientific terms because it can be difficult to understand. Glad to hear that you thought it was written in a way that anyone should be able to understand. I will continue to do my best to maintain that.

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  10. This is an interesting article and I know I’m suffering from brain fog. Fortunately, you have a fix. I used binaural tracking for brain fog, it got good results after only a short time. I will also try your second approach to see which works best for me. Thanks for sharing!!!

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    • Hello there! Brain fog is not pleasant experiences. I haven’t heard of binaural tracking but I have a feeling it may be similar to binaural beats therapy. Glad to hear you were able to find a solution to brain fog.

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  11. Hello! Thank you very much for sharing your experience with Binaural Beats Therapy. I perceive that some people may use it to help them decrease their anxiety. And others might want to increase their concentration or deepen their level of meditation. I’m impressed with how it can help in both cases.

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    • Hello there, Ann! Binaural beats therapy is really versatile in its ability to remedy our psychological stresses or needs.

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