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How does information overload lead to exhaustion?

Michael B. Finkelstein, MD
Internal Medicine
In this age of too much information, we are subjected to a nonstop barrage of stress-inducing images and messages. In addition, with everything moving at lightning speed, we are under constant strain to perform and produce around the clock. For these reasons, many of us hit fight-or-flight mode shortly after opening our eyes and keep at it until we collapse into bed at night. That's the body's built-in mechanism for safely escaping a life-threatening emergency. But it can't tell the difference between actual life-threatening emergencies and general stress. So, some of us never even exit this state. If this is you, you may be unable to sleep well, despite how exhausted you feel.

Our sympathetic nervous system -- which turns on our fight-or-flight response -- is wired to handle some stress, but not to be locked in the “on” position, the way it is in our modern world. As the result of our go-go-go lifestyles, our natural reserves of vitamins, minerals and enzymes -- all of which we need to stay energized and healthy -- are literally getting depleted.
 

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