Adrenal fatigue is referred to as a syndrome because it includes several signs and symptoms, most commonly being, fatigue that has resulted from prolonged stress or infection. Sleeping more does not relieve this type of fatigue. It affects millions of people around the world, yet conventional medicine does not yet recognize it as a syndrome.
The complicating issue is that someone may function and seem normal while they have adrenal fatigue because it is not easily measurable. Instead, you live with an overall sense of tiredness, un-wellness and “grey” feelings. Stimulants such as coffees and sodas are commonly used in the morning, and throughout the day to keep you going.
In more serious conditions, adrenal fatigue can really wreck your everyday living. In some people, it is hard just to get out of bed for several hours each day. When the adrenal gland doesn’t function properly, there is a shortage of adrenal hormones, which affects the body’s metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, cardiovascular system, and sex drive.
Adrenal fatigue sets in when the adrenal gland cannot keep up with your body’s stress levels. The adrenal gland typically regulates physical and emotional responses to stress levels through hormones that regulate heart rate, energy production and storage, and immune function. All these things help you process and cope with stress. There is an overproduction of regulatory hormones from too much stress, and when this continues, it is over stimulated and cannot continue to maintain optimal homeostasis and balance in the body.
Anyone can get adrenal fatigue, whether from a life crisis, or an ongoing stressful situation. There are certain things that make people more prone to adrenal fatigue, which includes, poor diet, chronic illness and infection, substance abuse, and too little sleep.
- Trouble getting up in the morning, after going to bed at a reasonable hour
- Feeling tired for no reason
- Feeling run down or overwhelmed
- Crave salty and sweet snacks
- Feel more awake after 6 pm, then you do all day
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