Imagine waking up every morning- Full of Energy!
Imagine being able to comfortably get out of bed several minutes prior to your alarm sounding and hitting the floor with a sense of rest and rejuvenation.
As you get up, you quickly go over to perform 10 minutes of brisk exercise to get your body going followed by a hot relaxing shower.
Once dressed, you eat a nice nutritious breakfast with plenty of time to spare and without feeling rushed. You skip the coffee because you are bubbling with energy and you are now thinking about how you are going to strategically conquer the day.
The energy that you have carries you through the morning and, before you know it, its time for lunch. You enjoy a sensible lunch that re-energizes you and you are ready to tackle the afternoon tasks.
Although many of your co-workers are grabbing snacks and afternoon coffees, you don’t because you feel energized and satiated from a nutritious meal. After work you are able to enjoy your family and a meal, as well as, a little reading and watching TV.
Around 9 pm you begin to feel sleepy and you are able to comfortably climb into your bed for blissful, uninterrupted sleep. When morning returns you once again awake full of energy and ready for the day.
Sounds to good to be true?
Although this scenario certainly seems unrealistic, the truth is, this is exactly how our bodies are supposed to work.
I previously wrote about how cortisol, a hormone released by your adrenal glands, plays a huge role in your ability to lose weight. Well, cortisol is also very important when it comes to energy and fatigue.
One of the most common complaints that I hear with my patients is that they are “tired” all of the time. No matter how much sleep they get or what time they go to bed, they just can’t “catch up” on their sleep and constantly feel tired. If this sounds like something you would say then your adrenal glands definitely need to be checked.
I like to view Cortisol as units of energy. The more cortisol- the more energy you have. Individuals who are chronically tired and fatigued typically suffer from low levels of cortisol.
As a result of our hectic lifestyles and schedules, our adrenal glands are constantly in overdrive trying to keep up with the demands that we place on them. Just like a tank of gas that will run dry if the accelerator is constantly pressed, your cortisol levels will deplete as a result of chronic stress in your life.
Cortisol operates on what is called a circadian cycle.
Cortisol is highest in the morning in order to wake you up and give you the energy necessary to hit the ground running. As the day progresses these levels decrease until evening where the lower levels allow you to go to sleep. The cycle repeats itself by rising throughout the night until you wake up again and a new day is started.
If you find that you need coffee, energy drinks, or a shot of sugar in the arm just to get up and moving in the morning- chances are your cortisol level is too low. This is typically the most classic finding I find on lab testing with my patients who complain of excessive morning tiredness. Instead of having their highest cortisol readings for the day in the morning, they have one of their lowest.
Here is an example of a lab result of someone who struggled to get going in the morning:
As you can see, this person’s cortisol level is extremely low in the morning (only 8.4 nM/L) and very high at night (yellow line is patient’s results). It probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn that her major complaint was an inability to “get going” in the morning and, despite being tired at night, just couldn’t fall and stay asleep.
Thankfully this lady was willing to test her adrenal glands and I was able to help her correct her circadian rhythm.
Improving Your Fatigue
If you find yourself struggling with energy you most likely need to work on your adrenal health. As I mentioned earlier, the adrenal glands release cortisol in response to stress so working on your stress levels is a must in order to regain your health.
Some of the most common stressors are:
- Death of a loved one
- Divorce or end of relationship
- Relationship difficulties, frequent arguments
- Change in residence
- Overwork, or termination of employment
- Addition to family
- Outstanding personal achievement (graduation, promotion)
- Financial stress (mortgage, loans)
- Personal injury or illness
Chances are, you are currently or have previously had to deal with at least one of these, if not all of these. As a result, your body had to work extremely hard to cope with these changes.
Cortisol was released in large amounts, draining your adrenals and leaving you with an “empty” gas tank. Now you are left suffering with constant fatigue and are unable to “catch up” despite your sleep and rest.
The good news is there is some very successful strategies when it comes to regaining your adrenal health. I have written a FREE eBook that discusses these strategies in detail and I want you to have it. Simply click HERE and the book is yours!
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