The Norman Transcript


August 30, 2013

Brain fog



There is nothing to worry about. You are experiencing “brain fog.” The feeling that you are going through the motions and performing your appointed task correctly, but your essence remains disengaged. Think of it as an astral projection. You watch the robotic you from above or nearby. It is quite an interesting experience.

You may put it down to lack of sleep or allergies, but that may not always be the case. When the mind is bored-out-of-its-gourd, it tends to click into what can only be described in computer terms as “sleep mode.”

In essence, that fabulous computer in your skull tells itself, “There is nothing to see here. Feel free to zone out.” This zoned out state is another way of saying your mind is not focused on your driving, which can be dangerous and/or induce confusion.

For example, do you suddenly notice a building during your drive that you do not recall seeing before this moment? Or, do you walk up to a co-worker’s desk and ask “How long has that picture been on your wall?” To which the inevitable reply is, “Always.”

Have you ever gotten into your car after work, mentally checking off all the errands you must run? The next thing you know, your car is parked in the garage: (1) you did not stop at any of the places on your mental list and (2) you do not recall how you got from Point A to Point B.

The explanation for (1), your car is a mind reader and in spite of your “to do” list, it clearly heard “Go home.” As far as item (2) is concerned, check the front bumper for dents or other newly acquired damages. If it is dent and gore free, then you did not crash into anything or anyone, which is a good thing.

Now pour yourself a glass of wine and hope for a nice buzz instead of a brain fog.

Elizabeth is an author and freelance writer. website: Check out Liz Cowan’s novels: “The Dionysus Connection” and “The Marathon Man” on

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