When our adrenal glands are exhausted, we will likely wake up still feeling tired, even if we have had a long and seemingly restful sleep. We may feel drowsy most of the day, but then our cortisol levels may peak late in the evening, making it difficult for us to enter deep sleep.
It can take a long time to run our adrenal glands down, so it can take some time to fully repair them. However, we can make changes that can have an immediate effect.
The most important thing to do is listen to the body and pay attention to how it feels. We can remain aware of how our energy levels rise and fall throughout the day. We will most likely find that certain times of the day are more exhausting than others, so we can make additional alterations as needed.
It is vital that we discover how and why we are placing so much stress on our adrenal glands. When we identify the root cause of our emotions and feelings, we can ensure that we don’t remain in a heightened state of alert, putting further pressure on these vital glands.
Meditation will help us to not only focus on the body so that we are aware of any sensations that are taking place, it will also help us to calm and soothe our mind to prevent us from repeating negative thoughts that ultimately cause chemical reactions.
Spending time with family and friends or being out for social activities can also regulate our cortisol levels, as they are known to increase after spending long periods of time alone—if we feel lonely, isolated, and separated. If we are content in our own company, we will feel balanced, and cortisol levels may not be such an issue.
Our diet and exercise regime can also place added stress on our adrenal glands. If we push ourselves too much, we place too much demand on the glands, which causes them to produce an overload of stress-related hormones.
Skipping meals, eating junk food, and intense workouts all cause these glands to overwork. If we have food allergies, they will place additional stress on our adrenal glands, so it is vital to pay attention to foods that we have intolerances to.
To keep our adrenal glands nourished, we can try to eat an organic, well-balanced, and nutritional diet with plenty of protein and a healthy dose of vitamins A, B, and C, allowing time for the body to absorb all the nutrients before any physical activity takes place. We can also try to avoid large consumption of alcohol and reduce or eliminate our refined sugar, refined salt, and caffeine intake.
Creating security, stability, joy, inner peace, being optimistic, and getting a restful night’s sleep all contribute to rebalancing our adrenal glands. Just the thought of going to bed can bring on mild anxiety if we think we are going to lie awake for hours, drifting in and out of light sleep, but rarely reaching the highly sought-after delta state.
When our adrenals are exhausted, we may wake during the night highly alert, often from high-stimuli dreams that just add to our overanxious state.
Sleepless nights are particularly common when we endure a stressful or anxious period, because even if we enter sleep, we can wake through the night feeling the adrenaline circulating through our body—but without knowing why.
Disturbances in sleep are most often linked to biochemical reactions due to high levels of stress hormones flushing through our system between approximately 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. The spike in our hormones dramatically affects our ability to remain calm, which is why our sleep is interrupted.
We can rectify this by making up a magical, therapeutic little potion consisting simply of organic honey and unrefined salt.
We can also place a Himalayan salt table lamp by the side of the bed, as it removes the positive ions from the environment and replaces them with negative ones, mimicking the balance found in nature. This also removes the electric smog that is caused by electronic devices such as laptops and mobile phones, so the air is clear. Therefore, we will have improved air circulation and healthier, fuller breathing.