Do you ever feel like your get up and go got up and went? Well, understanding and supporting your adrenals is the most helpful way to get it back.
First thing to know is that a rising level of cortisol is the main hormonal signal telling your body to wake up. In the early hours of the morning, cortisol steadily rises until it brings you to waking. Levels continue to rise to a peak about 30min after you get up, and then gradually decline. Through the mid-day and afternoon, the cortisol curve flattens, and then it drops at night as you wind down and prepare for sleep.
At least that’s what is *supposed* to happen!
If you have a hard time getting up and going in the morning, chances are your cortisol isn’t rising as much as it should.
Low morning cortisol is usually a result of chronic stress. The adrenal system initially responds to stress by producing MORE cortisol. But over time the system down regulates, produces LESS cortisol, and leaves you feeling sluggish and burned out.
I know it’s easier said than done, but when this happens you need to try to reduce your stress and give your body the nourishment and support it needs.
When you are really busy, it may seem impossible to reduce your stress. However, it is critical to do so in order to stay healthy enough to continue doing all the important things that you do.
One of the best ways to get back your get up and go, is to… well… get up and go. As much as you can, stick to the same wake up time every day, within 30min +/-. And when you wake, get moving right away.
Ideally get outside for a walk to wake your body up with movement and fresh air. Plus, the sunshine provides bright light which shuts off your melatonin from the night before, and tells your endocrine system that it is morning time. If the weather makes that difficult, dance to a favorite soundtrack or do a little workout routine indoors. When time is tight, try just doing a big stretch and shake out your arms and legs for a minute to help wake your body up.
After a couple weeks, your adrenals will start to learn this rhythm and will naturally produce more cortisol for you at that same time every morning. Then waking up actually becomes easier.
You might not ever be as chipper as a true morning person (I know I’m not!), but you’ll find that your body is ready to wake up and face the day!
To learn more about your adrenals, get a FREE download of my ebook The Busy Woman’s Guide to Adrenal Health at www.DrAmyDay.com/adrenalguide. Or, if you are ready to make some shifts in your self-care routines to reduce stress, increase energy, improve sleep and balance your hormones, my online wellness program is the perfect place to start: www.DrAmyDay.com/recharge.