Tired All the Time?
Maybe It’s Hormones.
By Julie Schoen
“Hey there! How are you?”
“Oh, you know, good — tired.”
“Yep, me too.”
“Will we ever not be tired?”
For a lot of women, a typical greeting seems to follow this script. While we feel fine, so many of us are constantly plagued by the feeling of being too tired, lacking energy and motivation, and suffering from that nebulous “fatigue fog” that keeps us from feeling our best. In fact, this feeling has become so normal that most of us have become accustomed to living in a perpetually tired state.
Can we even remember what it feels like to not be tired?
According to a lot of the latest research, this fatigue felt by so many women could be caused by hormones. The adrenals in particular, which are glands that sit on top of the kidneys, produce hormones that deal with adrenalin, noradrenalin, and our fight-or-flight reactions. Your adrenals are also intimately connected to your circadian rhythm — when they’re functioning properly, it’s much easier to fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning. Many experts agree that if your adrenals are being overtaxed, it will leave you and your body running on “low voltage.”
While the symptoms of this type of hormone imbalance vary, they can include:
• general lack of energy
• insomnia or trouble sleeping
• foggy mind
• decreased immune system
• joint pain
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• trouble with digestion
• weight gain
• mood swings and irritability
But, because the adrenals are connected with almost every organ in the body, adrenal fatigue — as it’s often called — can have a whole host of seemingly unrelated side effects, including things like infertility and anemia.
Because so many other factors also can create these symptoms, it’s difficult to know when it’s your hormones or when it’s something else. Feeling tired can, of course, also be caused by our daily habits and routines. Things like a poor diet, allergies, too much screen time, extreme diets, stress and simply not getting enough sleep can account for a lot women’s complaints about fatigue.
That’s exactly why, for so many of us, we just learn to cope with feeling constantly tired.
This, however, can be dangerous. Not only does constantly feeling tired impact the quality of your day-to-day life, but it also directly impacts your health. If you feel like you’re constantly running on empty and/or identify with any of the other symptoms listed above, then it’s a good idea to consult with a doctor or hormone specialist. If it is a hormone imbalance causing these symptoms, then there’s actually quite a lot that can be done to help you feel more like yourself, including natural supplements and other holistic options.
Constantly feeling tired or fatigued should not become a normal part of life for you — and it’s definitely not just something that happens as you get older. Whether it’s caused by a hormone imbalance or not, know that there’s almost always something you can do to feel better. The trick is to get started and not wait for things to get worse.