It’s perhaps no surprise that of all the Adrenal Fatigue symptoms, fatigue is the one that most people commonly suffer from. However, this isn’t the only one, as every part of the body can be affected by Adrenal Fatigue due to its lowering of the number of neurotransmitters and hormones in the body. This often means that each person who has the condition will have different symptoms alongside the common complaints.
For those who have Adrenal Fatigue, they’ll probably find that they suffer from a lot of the common symptoms, if not all. But there are also some less common ones that only a small handful of people will suffer from, including frequent urination and low blood pressure. Below you’ll find just some of the symptoms that could indicate that you’ve got Adrenal Fatigue:
Even After a Long Night’s Sleep, You Struggle To Get Up in the Morning
Insufficient sleep is one of the largest causes of Adrenal Fatigue, which means getting more rest is one of the best ways to recover from this illness. However, even after getting a good night’s sleep, a lot of patients will still feel incredibly tired the following morning, often describing themselves as feeling “foggy”.
There are two contributing factors that cause this. Firstly, because a lot of sufferers feel incredibly stressed when they first get this condition, their cortisol and adrenaline levels are high. This means the natural 24-hour cortisol level cycle we all have can become interrupted, leading to the patient feeling alert at night, therefore preventing them from getting a restful sleep.
For those who are in the later stage of Adrenal Fatigue, they’ll have lower levels of cortisol. However, this means that early in the morning their blood sugar level tends to be a lot lower, which results in them waking up feeling hungry before it’s time to get up. You will find that a lot of suffers at this stage of Adrenal Fatigue will snack late into the night because of this.
You’re Feeling Incredibly Fatigued Every Day
Do you feel like you’re running on empty all the time? Having to drink coffee all day to get through it? Now might be the right time to start looking into why you’re so tired. Chronic stress could be a factor but there are also a number of other reasons you could be feeling like this too.
When suffering from Adrenal Fatigue in the later stages, your adrenals deplete, which means you aren’t producing the amount of hormones your body requires. A lot of your levels, including norepinephrine and adrenaline, will be lower, which will be why you’re finding it difficult to get going throughout the day. And it could be why you get a sudden energy surge later on in the evening.
To bounce back, you’ll need to improve your diet so it provides the raw materials your body needs to boost your adrenals; you’ll need to get rid of those stressful aspects of your life and change your lifestyle to suit.
You Just Can’t Handle Any Stress
If you find that you’re becoming overwhelmed by any amount of stress, even if it’s only slight, this could indicate that you’re suffering from Adrenal Fatigue. A lot of suffers have a difficult time trying to deal with emotional or physical stress, which also leads to extreme tiredness and is related to the lower level of hormones found in the later stages.
Because our body releases hormones to deal with stress and these are lowered when suffering from Adrenal Fatigue, it reduces the body’s ability to cope with stress. You may also feel that you’re lacking enthusiasm for things, you’re not interested in the things you used to be and that you’re irritable.
Other common symptoms that you may find you’re suffering from are: a craving for salty foods (this is due to the fatigue in your adrenals); you may have higher levels of energy in the evening; you may overindulge in caffeine and sugar (to try and boost your energy levels) and you may find you’re suffering from colds and other illnesses more frequently (this is due to the lower levels of cortisol not helping to regulate your immune system as effectively).
Less common symptoms include dark circles under your eyes, asthma, dry skin, dizziness, joint pain, loss of muscle tone, low sex drive, low blood pressure, weight gain, poor circulation, lower back pain, low blood sugar and lines in your fingertips.
If you’ve read through this article and you feel like you’re recognizing a lot of the symptoms, you should consult medical advice straight away, whilst also making those all-important lifestyle changes that will speed up your recovery.
David Hammond works in the medical profession and enjoys writing articles to explain certain symptoms, raising awareness of a condition and explaining what lifestyle changes should be made to combat it.
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