It’s 3 PM, You’re fading fast. The pot of coffee you made this morning is lukewarm at best. Maybe you should run out and buy something to get you through the rest of the day. You know you have options: an energy drink, a shot of espresso, a large soda, a Snickers from the vending machine. But you still don?t move. It’s not that you didn’t try to get to bed early the night before; it’s just that staring at the ceiling doesn’t really constitute sleep. Your co-worker walks by and casually drops a folder on your desk. Now you’re really irritated. The last thing you can think about right now is work! You shove the growing pile of papers on your desk aside and look for today’s date on your over-sized calendar. It’s only Tuesday. Clearly, it’s going to be a long week.
Sound familiar? That’s not surprising. We’re burnt out, plain and simple. We have trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep, and even feeling rested when we do get sleep. At the root of it all, behind the cranky exhaustion, are our overworked adrenal glands. Vital components of our endocrine system, they are responsible for releasing hormones and monitoring the affairs of the body. Excessive stress and little sleep tax our adrenal glands and deplete our reserves. When you put too many demands on your body, they eventually become exhausted and can no longer manifest the energy required.
Adrenal Fatigue is much more than the occasional feeling of lethargy that might come after a long week. It is an outward manifestation of the diminishing resources within, mainly, cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress, and DHEA, the most abundant circulating steroid in the body. When people are under chronic stress, everything suffers. Their bodies cannot reset themselves. They are, quite literally, running on empty.
Indications that you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue include trouble sleeping, unexplained morning fatigue, a significant drop in the middle of the day, lack of energy, mood swings, and the constant need for stimulants. Less obvious symptoms can range from muscle weakness and a decreased sex drive to depression and increased food allergies.
Weight loss, or the lack thereof, is also directly impacted by the condition of your adrenal glands. Exhaustion inevitably leads to improper digestion and hormone imbalance, so a person will keep gaining weight without the properly functioning tools to get rid of it.
Is there anything you can do?
YES – call or text me at480-363-6507 for a free consult to see if your reserves are running low. Your adrenal glands can rebound, and your life can be changed dramatically.
Taking care of yourself and your body should be your number one priority, but all too often it takes a backseat to stress. You begin to take what your body is capable of doing for granted, essentially starving it in the process. To stop the cycle you need to demand change. Just getting by every day can no longer be the norm. So listen to your body, give it what it needs, and trust that you will have the energy to handle whatever you are faced with next. And, just as important, get some sleep!