Adrenal Fatigue Affects Sleep

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Adrenal Fatigue

According to Todd B. Nippoldt, M.D. from the Mayo Clinic there is no such thing as adrenal fatigue, but there is adrenal insufficiency and Addison’s disease. Adrenal insufficiency is where the adrenal glands are not producing the necessary amount of adrenal hormones and has been known to cause the following symptoms:
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness
  • Loss of body hair

Although medical doctors do not recognize adrenal fatigue as legit, there are plenty of people that do think adrenal fatigue exists. Adrenal fatigue is described as being caused by stress overstepping the body’s fight or flight reactions and over taxing the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are small glands attached to the top of your kidneys. These glands produce necessary life promoting properties for the body.  While you can use a blood test to track adrenal insufficiency, naturopaths claim adrenal fatigue can only show up in a saliva test.  The symptoms of adrenal fatigue according to include:

1. Excessive fatigue and exhaustion, chronic fatigue
2. Non-refreshing sleep
3. Sleep disturbance, insomnia
4. Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope
5. Craving salty and/or sweet foods
6. Sensitivity to light
7. Low stamina and slow to recover from exercise
8. Slow to recover from injury or illness
9. Difficulty concentrating, brain fog
10. Poor digestion
11. Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS
12. Low immune function
13. Premenstrual syndrome
14. Menopause symptoms
15. Low blood pressure
16. Sensitivity to cold
17. Fearfulness
18. Allergies,
19. Frequent influenza
20. Arthritis
21. Anxiety
22. Irritability
23. Depression
24. Reduced memory
25. Low libido, sexual drive or interest
26. Lack of lust for life and/or food
27. Excess hunger
28. Low appetite
29. Panic/anxiety attacks
30. Irritability, impatience, quick to anger.

These symptoms can actually be unrelated to the adrenal glands so be sure to find out from your doctor. Whatever the case is, you should always do what you can to get a good night sleep. You may want to check your mattress to see if it’s giving you the quality comfort you need for a good rest.

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