Low energy levels immediately upon waking, even after a sufficient amount of sleep, can be a sign of adrenal dysfunction. A feeling of exhaustion that takes over between 2pm and 4pm in the afternoon, where you are not functional without coffee or a sugar hit, is another sign.
Starting to sound familiar? Additional signs of adrenal dysfunction include:
- Stubborn belly fat
- Waking up during the night (between 2am and 4am)
- Low libido and motivation
- Craving for sugar, salts, and fats
- Irritability if meals are skipped
- Poor exercise response
- Mental confusion and lack of focus
- Poor immune health and recovery from colds or illness
- Digestive dysfunction
- Anxiety and depression
- Dizziness when you stand up quickly
- Feeling ‘tired and wired’
- Inability to handle stress and sensitivity to sounds, light, and pain
What Causes Adrenal Dysfunction?
Adrenal dysfunction is a result of chronic stress. Either from a life-changing event that we never truly recover from, such as a divorce, to low-grade chronic stress, such as dissatisfaction in our job or relationships.
Stress isn’t all bad. Every day, our body produces cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone our body produces in response to perceived stress. We need cortisol to adapt to the unexpected challenges we face each day. However, over- or under-production of cortisol can have a huge impact on our quality of life and health.
When we face acute stress, we increase production of cortisol. In this state we feel wired, anxious, and have difficulty falling asleep.
When stress becomes a continual, chronic part of our lives, our body stops producing cortisol efficiently. This is adrenal fatigue.
People suffering from adrenal fatigue might set aside self-care, hobbies, and personal interests due to their lack of energy. Work responsibilities require the bulk of their energy. Although they can fall asleep, waking up in the middle of the night and staying up for hours thereafter is common.
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
Although lifestyle changes can support adrenal recovery, often there is need for supplementation. Chronic adrenal dysfunction can be a debilitating condition. Do not ignore your feelings and concerns.
Get the results you deserve, and rejuvenate your energy levels, by following the action steps below!
YOUR ACTION STEPS:
- Reduce Daily Stress Levels: Engage in regular meditation and try forest (or snow!) bathing
- Do Restorative Exercises: Such as stretching and yoga
- Ditch High-Intensity Exercise: You’re simply using energy you don’t possess, and it leaves you more stressed, depleted, and prevents adrenal recovery
- Correct Supplement Regime: You need to get the right supplement regime for you, as adrenal function and adrenal fatigue need additional supplement support for full recovery
- Get Tested with Dr. K on the Salivary Cortisol Test