What's Stealing Your Sleep?

If you're waking up in the morning after a night's rest feeling still tired, unrefreshed, and not quite yourself, then there could be any number of causes. In this article, we'll take a look at some that you might not be aware of.


Sleep is such a crucial part of our daily lives

Without a good night's sleep, it's impossible for you to benefit from the regenerative processes that take place during your body's nightly reboot. Sleep is not only the time when you rest, but it's also when you cleanse a whole bunch of nasty toxins from our system.


But your internal organs need to rest too, even if they never come to a complete stop. A good night's sleep has tremendous rejuvenating properties. If you're waking up unrefreshed, then several things could be going on:


1. You're not getting the deep sleep you need so your body is still craving more rest.


2. Your metabolic by-products are building up and are not being flushed from your body fast enough. This toxic accumulation can reach such a point that it becomes too much for your body to deal with.


3. Your cortisol levels, the hormone that helps wake you up in the morning. During a normal night's sleep, cortisol will usually begin to enter your brain around two to three hours before you actually wake up. If this is not happening, then you won't be able to wake up and feel like you've had enough sleep. Low cortisol in the mornings can make you slow and sluggish at first, and then slowly improve as the cortisol levels increase throughout the day.


Clearly then, there are a number of factors that can play a role in why you're not waking up feeling fresh and well-rested, and adrenal fatigue is a very common one. Adrenal fatigue, especially in the later stages, keeps your body in alert mode, thus preventing you from reaching the deep sleep your body needs to function properly.


You may be laying in bed tossing and turning, frequently waking during the night. As a result, you're simply not getting the restful sleep that you would get if you had a night of continuous, uninterrupted sleep.


Diabetes is another possible condition that is stealing your sleep. Or you may have metabolic imbalances that wake you up multiple times each night. If you need to go to the bathroom during the night, you might have prostate, urinary, or bladder issues. But if you can rule all of these things out, then you should start thinking about adrenal fatigue.


Adrenal fatigue is a common occurrence

But it's not a symptom, and it's not a disease. It is a disorder that most people have to deal with at some point in their lives. In fact, many experts estimate that almost every person will experience the condition, also known as hypoadrenia, to some extent, especially during highly-stressed periods of their lives.


Adrenals have a massive influence on your body. It's because of this that the symptoms of adrenal fatigue often mimic a lot of other disorders and which makes it difficult to recognise. Besides making you feel tired and groggy in the morning, symptoms may include the so-called brain fog, weight gain, cravings for sweet or salty food, skin ailments, depression, lightheadedness, muscle or bone loss, decreased sex drive, and a resistance to insulin.


So, what do you do if you suspect you're suffering from adrenal failure? Obviously, the first thing to do is to go to your doctor. Speak to them about your concerns, and be aware that the symptoms of adrenal failure are often overlooked, or confused with those of other disorders.


Besides a visit to a medical professional and of course, following their advice, treatment for adrenal fatigue begins with reducing your stress levels, on your body and your mind, avoiding negative thoughts, and switching to a healthier diet. Try to avoid coffee, processed meat, microwaved food, sugar and sweeteners, caffeine and too many carbohydrates. Foods that can go a long way to easing your symptoms and contribute to your recovery are free-range chicken, fatty fish, cruciferous vegetables, nuts, seeds, avocados, olives and coconut.


It will also help if you rest whenever you're feeling tired, even if you can't sleep. Get into the habit of going to bed at the same time every night, preferably before 10 pm. If possible, you should minimise stress at home and at work. Begin regular exercise, even if it's only a light to moderate workout or a fast-paced walk. Remember to take some time for yourself and do something relaxing that you enjoy. Laugh and do a fun thing at least once a day. Eat regularly, but reduce caffeine and sugar. Stay away from negative people and don't hesitate to seek counsel if you need support for any traumatic experiences.


Adrenal fatigue can be unpleasant

For people who are otherwise healthy a diagnosis can come as quite a shock, and it can take them a while to come to terms with the condition. But with the correct healthcare advice, support and treatment, and by following the tips above, a minor case of adrenal fatigue can be cleared up in about six to nine months. Moderate cases can take between twelve to eighteen months.


Finally, a common sense reminder

If you are at all concerned about any aspect of your health and wellbeing, physical or mental, your first step should be to visit a health professional. A lot of people tend to wait until the last minute, but don't. Always go to your doctor immediately you feel out of sorts or if you suspect that something might be wrong. Your body, and your mind will thank you for it!

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