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Why am I always so tired but I cannot sleep at night?

Are you exhausted all the time? Could you easily take an afternoon nap or fall asleep at your desk but find you cannot get to sleep at night. You’re restless, you toss and turn, or you wake repeatedly. You struggle to get out of bed in the morning. You need your caffeine fix to get going. You’re irritable, your brain just won’t shut down. You may get sick frequently, or are you mysteriously gaining weight? If this sounds like you, then it may be that your adrenal glands are not working as well as they should!

Your adrenal glands sit just above your kidneys. Their role is to release the #hormones that help you manage both physical and emotional stress. Like adrenalin when we get a fright or have to run out of harm's way quickly and cortisol which copes with the everyday stressors like sitting in traffic, work-related deadlines or family problems. Long term physical or emotional #stress, whether we realise it or not, can lead to our adrenals ‘burning out’; they can no longer respond with the correct balance of hormones required for the situation. The release of other hormones like oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone can also be affected. Consequently, we may experience tiredness, poor #sleep, insomnia, #migraines, #weightgain, #inflammation, #skin problems, frequent illnesses, #anxiety, concentration problems and more. Everyone is different!

What can you do to help yourself?

If you think this sounds a bit like you, I recommend you first try to:

  • Drink at least 2L water per day.

  • Eat a balanced #wholefood diet, with few processed foods and limited sugar. Ensure you eat #protein at every meal, including breakfast, healthy #fats and plenty of vegetables.