How to Stop Being Tired of Being Tired

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By now you would have definitely heard the or read somewhere about adrenal fatigue. You know, the always tried, dry skin, sugar cravings, want to fall asleep but can’t syndrome. I’ve  briefly talked about it in the post on stress and plenty of resources about it are available online including this great post in MindBodyGreen.

As I have mentioned before our adrenals are big players in our endocrine system and as such affect the balance of the rest of our hormones. The thing with adrenal fatigue is that its not enough to just eat well and exercise- you’ve got to listen to what your body is telling you and work from there. So take some time everyday to see how you feel.

Ask yourself these questions during the day:

Morning:

1. Do you feel energized and refreshed when you wake up?

2. After breakfast do you feel heavy, lethargic or sleepy?

During the day:

1. Do you get sugar or salt cravings even if it hasn’t been a long time since you ate?

2. Are you constantly reaching for coffees?

3. Are you putting on weight even when your exercising?

4. After lunch do you feel sleep or lethargic?

5. Is your mind constantly racing with thoughts?

At night:

1. Do you find it hard to fall asleep?

2. Are you tired but feel alert?

3. Do you wake up at night with a racing heart?

Obviously, if you feel tired after you’ve eaten, find it hard to sleep or are putting on weight even when your exercising than you could have adrenal fatigue. Trying these tips can help:

Morning:

  • Eat within an hour of waking up to keep blood sugar stable.
  • Include protein in your breakfast.
  • Don’t exercise on an empty stomach.
  • Take supplements if you have deficiencies.

During the Day:

  • Avoid coffee and black tea.
  • Always eat small healthy snacks in between meals.
  • Do light exercise so you don’t further stress your adrenals.
  • Take time to relax.

At night:

  • Don’t exercise at night as this will increase your cortisol levels.
  • Prepare yourself for bed by switching off gadgets an hour before you sleep.
  • Have a dim light near your bed such as a lamp as this will help release melatonin which in turn helps you fall asleep.
  • Make sure you get 8-9 hours of sleep every night.
  • Try as much as you can to go to bed before 11:00 pm.

How have you been feeling lately?

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5 thoughts on “How to Stop Being Tired of Being Tired

  1. On most mornings I struggle to squeeze in time for breakfast. Probably out of bad habit and inconsistent schedule with uni and work, but I def notice several of these symptoms. Thanks for the tips! Will try them out 🙂

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    • Great to hear that the tips help! Sometimes I’m running late in the morning as well, but I try t make sure that I’ve got something in the fridge like overnight oats that I can grab on the run 🙂

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  2. Thanks so much for this post, I will definitely try these tips out. I know it sounds silly, but I often worry about how my sleep patterns will affect my working life when I get a full time job. I’m usually okay morning and night, but during the day I am so sleepy – it’s really annoying!!

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  3. This is a very well researched post and full of great tips on how to maintain one’s wellbeing. I personally try to sleep before 11, because I like the full use of my day. Adrenal fatigue seems to be something you have to consciously deal with, as you have to make specific changes to your lifestyle if you wish to improve. It’s not enough to simply diet and exercise, you have to shift your timetable. That said, I believe the benefits are worthy enough to be worth consideration.

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