Sleep and Adrenal Fatigue Connection

Have you ever had trouble falling asleep or even after a night’s sleep you felt like not been sleeping at all? The reasons vary from a person from a person, but one of the main ones definitely could be adrenal fatigue. It is important to understand it and tackle to avoid further problems regarding sleep and overall health.

Chen Ben Asher as a Board certified nutrition specialist can say that up to 80% of my clients have some issues related to sleep as well as mental fatigue, mood, and mental focus. A lot of them have a common complaint that they seem to have a brain fog that makes them hard to focus and simply function with different tasks.

More and more research show connection between different sleep disruption and hormonal imbalance. Adrenal fatigue is one of the things to check when there is a lack of sleep. It also negatively affects weight and everything that is linked to it.

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What are adrenal glands?

Adrenal glands themselves are small glands hat are on top of kidneys. They produce hormones that help the body to maintain a good level of blood sugar. One of these hormones is called cortisol. Adrenals also are responsive to the inflammatory response.

In the sleep, connection adrenals are usually overactive (hyperfunction) and underactive which causes different sleep problems.

Adrenal fatigue

It occurs when adrenals are underactive. People with this issue have a problem to stay asleep.

Adrenal fatigue symptoms (by Dr. Richard Hagmeyer D.C, director of The Naperville Institute For NeuroMetabolic Solutions [1])

  • Anxious state
  • Craving for salt
  • Low pulse
  • Dizziness upon standing and sitting fast (everything starts getting fuzzy and black)
  • Slowness, fatigue especially (in the morning and evening)
  • Afternoon headaches, etc.

Untreated people might appear in constant lack of energy. One of the real life examples that I can share is a woman with her professional career as a library worker. Despite the fact that the work itself doesn’t demand a lot of physical or even mental activity, she would complain about an inability to do the tasks and needed to have at least 30-minute powernap. The first thing that she would do after coming home would be falling in the bed. And she would have a troubled sleep (rolling over in the bed many times). And all this was going on for years.

It is also important to note that during the sleep when the blood sugar levels start to drop, and the body needs to have appropriate cortisol level to deprive the body of a stress response. Then the body releases adrenalin hormone that can also wake up in the middle of the night.

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One of the additional options that are suggested to solve the problem after testing is a personalized nutritional support. It is important to understand that adrenal fatigue and sleep problems are a serious issue that needs to be addressed.


[1] Sleep and Adrenal Fatigue- How Functional Medicine May Help. Accessed from:”nofollow”

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