How being an Empath can lead to Adrenal Fatigue, Insomnia & Exhaustion.

Empaths can experience a sudden onset of chronic fatigue due to a significant crash in energy levels.

This can be caused by having a variety of emotional responsibilities, and also because we profusely leak our energy when we do not remain present, consciously aware, grounded, and balanced.

Empaths often feel particularly drained when we have spent too much time in the company of other people, and these interactions can cause us to develop emotional exhaustion. Empaths need a great deal of alone time to retreat and recharge their internal batteries.

Our thoughts, emotions, and feelings can all play havoc on our internal system, causing devastating consequences that can debilitate us. If we have regular periods of solitude, we are able to process our emotions and feelings during the day. We will then not become so exhausted, as we will frequently let go of any negativity that might play on our minds and weigh us down.

When we do not have the space to do this, we may find our minds are overactive at night when everything is still and quiet, and we are not distracted by external stimuli. This prevents us from being able to relax so that sleep can naturally occur.

We might also wake up often throughout the night and be unable to get a restful night’s sleep, as our minds are constantly trying to process information and make sense of what occurred during the day that is still lingering and needs to be dealt with.

Our hyperactive minds cause us fatigue by continuously bombarding us with a deafening amount of stimuli, not allowing us the opportunity to rest, replenish, and recharge. This can cause us to have erratic sleep patterns, some days needing 10 or more hours, and other days only one or two, depending on how much energy is attached to our energy field and pulling us down.

If we are not able to find time during the day to make sense of our internal thoughts, feelings, and emotions, it is essential that we engage in meditation just before we go to sleep, so that we can allow our thoughts to lightly come and go without paying too much attention to them or igniting a hormone-induced physiological response.

Emotionally charged feelings linked to our memories and experiences can provoke us to feel emotions such as fear, anxiety, resentment, panic, and paranoia—so our brains become convinced that we are under some kind of genuine threat. Therefore, they send signals to our adrenal glands to produce hormones, which then release a surge of energy.

When we experience intense or prolonged anxiety or stress, or our lifestyles are unhealthy—for example, too much or too little sleep, substance abuse, overworking, poor diet, stressful relationships, stressful family situations, or general life crises—we place excessive continuous demands on our adrenal glands.

Our adrenal glands are small kidney-shaped endocrine glands, approximately the size of a walnut, that are situated in the lower back area just above our kidneys. They are very powerful and beneficial when under stress, as they release hormones that help keep us alert, focused, and increase our stamina so that we are able to deal with pressure.

However, when we over-stimulate our adrenal glands, they will keep producing energy, which causes a conflict when we try to rest or sleep, as we will feel permanently wired and on high alert. This places excessive stress on our adrenal glands, causing them to eventually burn out and malfunction.

As our energy quickly becomes drained, we will be tempted to top it back up with quick fixes and may consume foods that are high in refined salt or sugar, which burn energy fast so that we receive an instant energy boost. However, this is a vicious cycle, as the junk food we crave burns energy extremely quickly leaving us needing more.

Our body craves salt and sugar, as it inherently knows what it needs. However, we feed it refined salt and refined sugar, which are found in most processed foods or junk foods, instead of feeding it unrefined sugar and unrefined salt, which are nutritious and in healthy doses can nourish and replenish our adrenal glands.

We might also try to raise our energy levels by consuming caffeine-based drinks, such as coffee or energy drinks; however, caffeine just irritates the adrenal glands further. We will then experience regular highs and lows, as our energy levels peak and drop throughout the day.

When our adrenal glands are not working effectively, we may feel constantly fatigued, run-down, irritable, anxious, dizzy, and overwhelmed. We may experience heart palpitations, sugar, or salt cravings, low or high blood pressure, and we will also find it very difficult to manage stressful situations.

If we are well balanced—thinking positively, exercising, eating, and sleeping well—our adrenal glands will not be easily overwhelmed.

During sleep, our cortisol levels (one of the hormones produced by our adrenal glands) rise naturally, peaking in the few hours before we wake. This happens to give us a good start to the day, and it is known as the circadian rhythm, as it elevates our energy levels so that we can function effectively by sleeping when it is dark and waking when it is light.

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