Let me guess. You’re tired. You’ve been tired. But you’re not sure why. You have a hunch that it has to do with the plenty of external factors influencing your sleep. But there are more reasons at work inside your body as to why you’re so tired during the day than you might think.
Your hormones are the key factors inside your body as to why you’re so tired and other “solutions” haven’t work.
Maybe you’ve tried going to bed earlier. But you didn’t seem to fall asleep any sooner than on nights when you went to bed at your regular time. Perhaps you tried an old wive’s tale, eating a banana and drinking some milk before to send you off to dreamland. You might say that you seem to have been getting enough sleep, but you are still tired during the day. You factor in stress but cannot seem to lay a finger on what else could be the culprit. Your hormones are at fault. It’s almost as if they have a hidden agenda that must be served under the right conditions. They do tend to talk; they send messages throughout your whole body. So the right verb here would be ‘determine.’ Your hormones determine your temperature, weight, digestion, mood, and energy levels among other parts of your well-being. In good times, they are the unsung heroes. In times when life is not so great and things aren’t going so well, your hormones are suddenly at the forefront of your mind, once you know how they contribute to your overall health.
What glands make up your hormones?
The brain houses 3 of them, then there’s the thyroid, the pancreas, the reproductive glands, and a slew of others that affect your health and happiness. The Greek myth of Icarus is a good way to explain the role of hormones. Icarus wanted to fly as close to the Sun as possible, but he went too far. His wings of wax melted and he fell to Earth. Icarus didn’t understand moderation and balance in life. He took his grand idea to the extreme. Hormones are similar. They need balance. Imbalances cause a plethora of bodily problems.
Dirty 4 At Fault For The Way You Feel, For Your Constant Tired Feeling
This hormone is secreted by the adrenal glands. It’s the numero uno hormone in charge of stress. Minimizing stress is one way to help balance your cortisol levels. The imbalance in the cortisol rhythm happens if the cortisol is high when it should be low, low when it should be high, or always low or always high. If you’re slow to start in the morning or craving sugar or salt in your foods, experiencing a low libido, this might be your exact problem. Do you feel fatigued in the afternoon, but get a second wind in the evening? Are your nails weak? Do you have difficulty staying asleep? If this sounds familiar, stress is the factor and needs to be addressed in order to affect change in your cortisol levels.
Many thyroid problems don’t show up on regular labs your physician may run. Conversion issues, resistance and autoimmune attacks against the thyroid are a few. You may be getting cold feelings in your extremities or requiring excessive amounts of sleep in order to function. Morning headaches that wear off is a clue. Also, if you experience infrequent bowel movements and excessive loss of hair, your thyroid may be the issue. Thyroid labs should include TSH, T4, Free, Total T3, Reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies to rule out issues with your thyroid.
There are actually three different forms of estrogen. When you experience vaginal dryness, night sweats, painful sex, hot flashes, and brain fog, your estrogen is too low. If you’re feeling bloated, have heavy menstrual bleeding, have migraines or an abnormal pap smear, and insomnia, your estrogen levels may be too high. Get lab work done and have them run for a full blood and salivary female hormone panel, including estrogen isomers. Synthetics may be prescribed and may help with that tired feeling.
This hormone needs to be functioning properly in both women and men. Its role in the body is to balance and neutralize the effects of excess estrogen. Without the “just right” amount of progesterone, estrogen gets out of control. If you’re experiencing anxiety, painful breasts, insomnia, unhealthy-looking skin, or infertility, progesterone is where to look. Get this hormone under control and change your life for the better.
Other hormones affecting your fatigue include testosterone, leptin, and insulin. Consider getting lab work done to help see how you can affect positive change in your hormones. You don’t have to walk around life like a zombie, tired all the time. Take control and take back your life.