Is Adrenal Imbalance Keeping You from
Sleep at Night?
In America the scene is the same each night, a fatigued woman who has spent the day running from home to work and then returned to the family or community requirements, lastly she climbs into bed for the night, ready for rest. She shuts off the light, relaxes, and waits to fall asleep. She can’t fall asleep. Or if she falls asleep quickly, she wakes up in the middle of the night-fully awake, with anxious and racing thoughts.
In a scene that plays out each night in homes across America, an exhausted woman who has spent the day bouncing from home to work and back to family or community obligations, finally climbs into bed for the night, ready for some much needed rest. She turns off the light, settles in, and waits to doze off. But the thing is… she just can’t fall asleep. Or she may fall asleep fairly quickly but then wakes up in the night — like clockwork — fully alert, with an anxious mind and racing thoughts.
As an alternative to sleeping pills, let’s see if we can find the core problem of your insomnia-and help get back to sleep.
Many cultures and spiritual tradition believe that we are connected on a core level to the universe. Scientist have found that that the brain’s hypothalamus upholds a “master circadian clock” which controls the adrenal hormone levels (adrenaline and cortisol). This 24-hour cycle regulates the body temperature, brainwave activity, hormone production, and cell regrowth. This is a natural process that resets itself according to the shifts in the earth’s rotation. These rhythms and a woman’s adrenal glands communicate through adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) which retains cortisol-the wake-up hormone- controlled when it is time for you to sleep and rest.
A woman’s internal clock is upset by stress. Her entire pattern may be turned upside down. Her cortisol level may be low when she wakes up, when it should be high. Then her level peaks it highest in the night, when it should be low. Any of fluctuation in cortisol spikes exhaust a woman and leaves her with low energy throughout the day.
If a woman does not have her hormone levels evaluated, she may experience adrenal imbalance. Elevated cortisol levels changes the woman’s normal sleep cycle, decreasing REM sleep, but can also cause other physical reactions.
Cortisol is supposed to:
- Encourage cell activity and control blood pressure.
- Stimulate the release of insulin in order to maintain proper blood sugar levels.
- Confirm glucose is metabolized and provide burst of energy, when survival is threatened.
- Increase memory function and decrease pain sensitivity.
- Encourage healthy inflammation response of the immune system.
When stress causes the cortisol levels to fluctuate, woman may notice their overall health may suffer. If you feel that you are suffering from stress-related insomnia and fatigue, consider adrenal testing. Dr. Angie is available to help you with the testing procedure and identify the areas you would need help with.