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We’ve all been there: after a long and stressful day of work, our brains are absolute mush. We get home, ready to enjoy our non-working time, only to find out that our body wants to do nothing except rest. Why does this happen? And what can we do to stop it?

Mental Fatigue Affects Your Physical Well-Being

Researchers hypothesized that the chemical adenosine builds up in our brains as we sustain any cognitive activity, such as working in front of a computer for long periods of time.

More adenosine in our systems affects our motivation as well as the perception of our work, thus giving us the feeling of mental fatigue. When our minds are tired, it affects how we look at others and ourselves.

Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Mental And Physical Health

Not getting enough sleep is a big no-no for our overall well-being. If we haven’t slept enough the night before, then we’ll be less alert and our mental skills will decrease dramatically.

Coming back to work after lunch is never easy, especially after researchers learned that most humans are built for two periods of sleep each day. We sleep the most at night, obviously, but we’re also prone to take a nap during the day. When we don’t sleep enough at night, then it affects us mentally and physically.

Coffee And The Gym Are Your Friends

Not surprisingly, the caffeine in coffee has been found to be effective at battling mental fatigue. The chemicals in coffee are similar to adenosine so they can block out the negative effects by improving your alertness as well as your emotional state of being.

Combating mental fatigue is not easy, but it’s an important thing to do every day in order to be productive. One place people forget to train their minds is where they train their bodies: the gym. With physical exercise comes a release of dopamine in the body, which triggers a general sense of well-being.