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BeowulfGirl
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I normally fear the Science message board, but I figured that someone out there would know the answer to this!

I know everyone has probably experienced this; on some days, I just feel more mentally alert, quicker with words, more eloquent, and generally "smarter." (I'm sorry, today is not one of them...) Other days, I have trouble doing simple math and forming a coherent sentence!

I've tried to determine if there's a common denominator on the days that I just seem more "with it" than others, such as quality/length of sleep the night before, type of breakfast eaten, any medication taken, etc., but there doesn't seem to be one. (I figure that if I can figure out what it is, I can purposely "induce" one of those "smart days.")

Anyone know?


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Brad from Georgia
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Could have tell you yesterday today me dumb today.
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Perhaps on the "dumb" days, your body isn't doing as good a job of getting oxygen to your brain? I know I tend to feel a little dopey when I have a bad cold.

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Bflyalt
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BeowulfGirl, do you keep any records? Do you put check on the calendar?
Start doing something. Devise a system on your next smart day and follow it. Measure your temperature, weight, pulse rate, etc. That’s how science is done. Every study starts with observation.


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ROBERT.BAK
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One cause of such days for me is when I have excessive blood glucose (say around 10 mmol/l — thats about 180 mg/dl). On my most recent such day (Wednesday 7th March), I satyed in bed the whole day...


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Nostradamus
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On excessive blood glucose--that could be it, but why is the amt. of sugar in your blood higher on, say, Tuesdays than Thursdays? Perhaps diet is the answer. Glucose is, of course, stored energy, and a body that isn't using its stores to full advantage is like a man with more food in his fridge than he can eat in a week that'll go bad in five days.
There is a psychological condition in which the human body performs better on sunny days or times of year than in bad weather or colder months. Maybe you just need some sun, querida....

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JK Will
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I suspect as some of the other people here have hinted it could be in the blood... bloody oxygenation, blood flow, glucose etc. It can also do with how much rest you have had (and what kind of rest), your physical and mental health and so on. Probably at least a dozen factors.
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