Today I want to talk to you about something really important.
Something so important that could literally make or break your day.
I’m talking about sleep.
Just like with the food that you put into your body, sleep can really affect your mood, your energy, your weight, and your overall well-being.
I’m sure you’re dealing with tons of stress every single day.
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Juggling work, kids, spouse, a home, financial responsibilities… The list is endless!
Our adrenal glands, located on top of each kidney, are forced to work overtime in an effort to deal with stress from all of these sources.
It’s hard to imagine these small endocrine glands, essentially the size of a walnut, responsible for the manufacture and secretion of vital hormones such as cortisol, estrogen and testosterone.
The cortisol production is crucial for the body to combat stress.
Although not getting along with a boss or missing a bill payment are not life-threatening instances, our bodies react and start to feel unsettled.
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More and more cortisol is produced because the body believes it needs massive amounts of energy to run for its life.
This happens over and over again throughout the day – you are late for work stuck in a traffic jam and you miss an important meeting, you get home late and the kids are jumping around like crazy and there is no dinner ready on the table, so you resort to take-away which puts even more stress on your body!
And all this is going to happen again tomorrow!
Here’s the problem: chronic stress can overload the adrenal glands to the point of exhaustion.
When someone is exhausted, a natural suggestion is to get more sleep.
That’s not always easy with adrenal problems because insomnia is a common symptom.
There are, however, steps you can take to prepare yourself for sleep, which is certainly one of the best ways to refresh and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.
For better sleep and to heal your adrenal glands:
- Go to bed at the same time every night between 10-10:30pm.
- Avoid stimulants such as caffeine in the afternoon/evening and try to completely remove sugar from your diet to avoid any rollercoaster-like blood sugar surges.
What you eat and how active you are throughout the day will tremendously impact your sleep.
If your diet is heavily-processed and loaded with additives, your body will have a hard time trying to process and digest all of that throughout the night, which will make you end up tired and moody.
Make sure you eat a healthy diet filled with tons of leafy greens and a good balance of protein to fiber for optimum sleep. A brisk walk before you go to bed will help too!
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