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It’s Friday. I don’t know about you but I am tired. I always feel this way at the end of my working week.

When I am tired everything seems like such hard work. It becomes particularly difficult to focus on anything for any length of time. I find I become very restless and easily distracted. I become annoyed when I am like this because it seems as though I am wasting time and things don’t get done or they don’t get done to the standard I expect of myself.

According to Drs. Fernette and Brock Eide, brain scans have shown that it is harder to listen when you’re tired.

Look below to see how chronically fatigued brains (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) have to work so much harder when doing a listening task. The controls are in the second row.

From purely a brain resource perspective, tiredness places extra demands on general attention and thinking in general.

The diferences between a tired brain and a non-tired brain

Isn’t it wonderful when science confirms what we already know from experience?

Tiredness impacts on all aspects of our being. How often do we ignore this fact and be hard on ourselves instead of admitting we are tired and we need to do something about it. Finding balance in our lives can be difficult and all too often we put everything ahead of what should be our number one priority – our health and our wellbeing.

We need to be aware of, and in tune with, our bodies. We need to recognise that when we’re tired we are unable to do certain things. Tiredness can become a major stressor in our lives if we let it. Something ends up happening which makes us stop and take stock. Don’t wait for this to happen. Take some steps now (micro ones at that) to nurture your whole being.

Treasure your brain. Don’t forget that it too needs looking after. It is one powerful machine and listen to what it tells you.

While we are on the topic of that incredible organ encased and protected by our skull, George Siemens has posted some wonderful links in his latest weekly blog summary on resources relating to the brain. Check these out – that is if you’re not too tired! If you are, shelve it for a more suitable time.

I’ve been happily collecting neuroscience resources in my bloglines account. Here are some that I’ve found most useful:

Redwood Centre Symposium (video lectures)
Online Neuroscience Lectures
Mind and Brain Portal (wikipedia)
BrainTutor – highly recommended! (a free download educational program on the human brain)
Cognitive science video interviews
The Neuroscience of Leadership
Cognitive science podcasts

Have a restful weekend everyone!

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