Adrenal Exhaustion and Insomnia
by Steven Horne, RH(AHG)
Most parents have seen this happen with their children. The children get so tired and agitated that they won’t go to bed, but when you finally have a confrontation they drop from exhaustion. They were tired, but their stress level was too high to allow them to fall asleep.
Energy Storage and Discharge
We can turn again to our analogy of a battery to understand this. With repeated use, rechargeable batteries can reach a point where they no longer hold an energy charge. (I’m acutely aware of this fact, having replaced many dead (and very expensive) laptop batteries. That’s what it’s like when your adrenals get exhausted and you start suffering from nervous exhaustion. Your body is so depleted that it can’t store enough energy to keep you going. You’re constantly running on depleted biological batteries.
Recharge Your Batteries
Right now, take note of how relaxed or tense your body is. Tension is a sign of fatigue, while relaxation is a sign of good energy reserves. Here’s why:
In order to rebuild your energy when you’re suffering from nervous fatigue or adrenal exhaustion, you’ve got to help your body relax so it can increase it’s energy storage capacity. One way of doing this is to do tai chi, yoga or simple stretching exercises to elongate your muscles. This immediately increases your body’s capacity to store energy.
You’ll probably also want to supplement your diet with more magnesium. Next to Vitamin D3 deficiency, magnesium is the most common nutrient deficiency in North America. About 70% of the population is magnesium deficient.
When you’re deficient in magnesium, you can’t relax and you can’t rebuild energy. Little things get on your nerves easily and you are more sensitive to noises like dripping faucets, ticking clocks and other small sounds you would normally filter out.
Typically the person feels like they “just can’t take it anymore.”
I also look for a tongue that quivers or shakes a lot. This indicates adrenal fatigue. The tongue is often a pale red color or pale with a red tip.