The ability to focus require adequate neural connections in the brain to process incoming sensory data (sights, sounds, smells, etc). When the brain is unable to assimilate this data, the stimuli becomes overwhelming or “noisy,” and creates frustration, irritation, and even fatigue. An increasing number of people of every age are experiencing a decrease in their ability to focus and concentrate. It is so important to consider factors that contribute to the decline of optimal focus and concentration in order to reverse or prevent this trend.
Given the innate complexity of the human brain, it is not surprising that issues of focus and concentration and contributing factors are vast. Tiredness or lack of sleep, stress, hormonal changes (such as during pregnancy or puberty), medication side effects, alcohol, drugs, chronic illness, infection, brain injury, emotions, mood, mental balance are just a few things that impact nural connections necessary to make sense of the vast stimuli the brain receives moment to moment. For example, some individuals consistently struggle to “think over the noise” in their brains as stimuli come in without the necessary processing ability to make sense of it all.
The very nature of the brain’s structure allows for improvements in function and ability. To summarize this complex process in a simple way, the more neurons available to make connections with other neurons, the easier and more efficient focus and learning will be. While traditional approaches and neurological specialists contribute great expertise to the science of improving brain activity, there are myriad of natural solutions that can greatly impact and benefit brain activity, specifically in the area of focus and concentration.