In fact, you might recognise some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue in yourself.
The adrenals are small glands located at the top of your kidneys.
Their primary role is to help you respond to stress in a way that gets you out of trouble.
They evolved in the time when we were living in caves, and needed to escape from predators.
Back then, we had plenty of time to recover between emergency situations, giving our adrenal glands time to recover too.
When we feel threatened, these glands produce adrenaline and other hormones, which immediately gives our muscles a burst of extra energy, and shut down other body functions (digestion, immunity, reproduction) until the threat has passed and we can relax.
In modern life, there are a multitude of stressors making our adrenal glands work hard, and often not enough time to recover before the next episode of acute stress.
Some common modern stressors include being in a job or a relationship where you feel disempowered, or work rotating shifts, or just work constantly without respite.
Eventually your adrenal glands can become exhausted, and many body functions get severely out of balance.
Addisons Disease is the most extreme outcome of adrenal fatigue.
A familiar case seen by naturopaths is the person who has been under unrelenting pressure for a period of time; began using stimulants like caffeine and sugar to keep going, but did not take time out.
Their ability to cope with the pressures of life has diminished, and their bodies are starting to show chronic ill health.
Often, these are the people who find it almost impossible to get out of bed in the morning, experience energy slumps during the day, and are unable to remember the last time they had a refreshing sleep.
You can help prevent this happening.
Every individual has a different stress tolerance level, so its important to identify your own stress limit, and to make time for balancing activities.
Although we cannot measure stress quantitatively, just the feeling that you are stressed, and unable to escape from the stressor/s, means you are over your limit.
Here is how to look after your adrenal glands: -Avoid using stimulants like caffeine, nicotine and sugar as a way to keep you going through the day -Eat a balanced diet, focusing on unprocessed foods.
-Take time out just for you, every day.
-Exercise every day -Go to bed at the same time every night.
If you suspect you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue, your natural health professional can arrange for your existing adrenal function to be tested, and advise you on the best way for you to recover.