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Article Summary: Always Tired? How Exhaustion Transforms Our Bodies...And What You May Not Realize About The True Causes

The following article summary contains interesting insights impacting decision-making.

Key Points

  • Complaints regarding chronic tiredness are on the rise, despite the fact complainants sleep enough time in a day.
  • Article identifies “21 Fatigue Factors” that contribute to chronic fatigue, as well as “How Tiredness Alters Our Ego: 7 Effects on the Psyche”
  • The primary contributing factor cited for chronic fatigue is sustained mental overstimulation/constant mind shifting; particularly through various forms of electronics.
    • Cell phones/Computers
    • Constant background noise
    • Email/information/data overload
    • Constant exposures to stress
  • Other contributing factors
    • Lack of sunlight
    • Poor diet
    • Lack of daily exercise
  • General symptoms
    • Mental fog/memory loss…other health problems may arise
    • Stress, anxiousness, inability to focus, depression, anxiety, anger, mental instability
    • Portions of the brain may shut off to adjust to the constant stimuli “drastically alters our perception”
  • Constant mental stimulation impedes decision-making and can also lead to physical changes in brain functioning/decision-making.  Chemical changes may contribute to one’s addiction to excitement and constant change through the release of dopamine. 
    • “we chronically feel worn out” … “we become dependent on distraction” … “Memory  and the capacity for thought both become reduced”… “in the long term this reduces the overall volume of the brain”… neural networks restructure  and our decision-making capacities are “substantially throttled”… “the long-term effects are striking”. 
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