The dreaded 3pm slump. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone seeking a cup of coffee or a chocolate bar at this bewitching hour, promising myself I’ll abide by a 10pm bedtime. But what’s the point when you’re tossing and turning for over an hour? Getting out of bed the next morning feels impossible, and when you do, the brain fog is so dense you can’t help but wonder, “Am I depressed? I don’t think I’m depressed, but…”
Vicious cycle, right?
It happens to those with the best of intentions – the go-getters, the supermoms, the dedicated employees. The good news? There’s one little walnut-sized commonality to that cycle: your adrenals.
Think of your adrenal glands like little sponges that sit on top of your kidneys. With assistance from cortisol they modulate your body’s response to stress. The problem is that our current high-paced lifestyles are ringing out these little sponges and leaving them chronically depleted. This can lead to fatigue, hypoglycemia, sleep disruptions and mild depression, to name a few.
But won’t stressing about my adrenal health lead to compromised adrenal health? I know, I know. Seems counterproductive. The good news is there are plenty of ways to replenish those adrenals. First we need to assess the situation and then we can quickly move on to whether your precious energy should be diverted toward nurturing them.