More caffeine, more sugar, more naps, more of anything to get us through the day. As a society we are more fatigued than ever and often left wondering why we never feel quite well-rested enough. No matter what we do to restore energy—or how much sleep we get—we always seem to be exhausted. This, my friends, is the epidemic of fatigue.
More than 1 million Americans struggle with chronic fatigue, while millions more have varying degrees of lethargy. One factor in this modern health problem is adrenal fatigue. Your adrenal glands release cortisol, your body's major stress hormone, and properly functioning cortisol is supposed to start off high in the morning and slowly taper off as the day goes on. The problem occurs when your brain-adrenal (HPA) axis isn't working the way it should. The communication between your brain and your adrenals is all over the place and it causes an imbalance of cortisol, which makes you feel constantly tired.