Symptoms of Stress Fatigue
- Constantly feeling tired for no reason.
- Having trouble getting up in the morning.
- Feeling rundown or overwhelmed.
- Having difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness.
- Craving salty and sweet snacks.
- Waking up at night and can’t fall asleep.
- Anxiety and depression.
- Recurring infections.
- Always feeling cold.
- Muscle and Joint Pain.
- Thirsty and needing to urinate frequently.
- Brain Fog – can’t think clearly.
What is Stress fatigue?
Stress fatigue results when the Stress glands function below their necessary level. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections, especially respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia. As the name suggests, its main symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep.
You may look and act relatively normal with Stress fatigue and may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of unwellness, tiredness or “gray” feelings. People experiencing Stress fatigue often have to use coffee, colas and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day.
Stress fatigue can wreak havoc with your life. In the more serious cases, the activity of the Stress glands is so diminished that you may have difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours per day. With each increment of reduction in Stress function, every organ and system in your body is more profoundly affected.
Changes occur in your carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, heart and cardiovascular system, and even sex drive. Many other alterations take place at the biochemical and cellular levels in response to and to compensate for the decrease in Stress hormones that occurs with Stress fatigue. Your body does its best to make up for under-functioning Stress glands, but it does so at a price.
What causes Stress fatigue?
Stress fatigue is caused when your Stress glands cannot adequately meet the demands of stress. The Stress glands mobilize your body’s responses to every kind of stress (whether it’s physical, emotional, or psychological) through hormones that regulate energy production and storage, immune function, heart rate, muscle tone, and other processes that enable you to cope with the stress. Whether you have an emotional crisis such as the death of a loved one, a physical crisis such as major surgery, or any type of severe repeated or constant stress in your life, your Stresss have to respond to the stress and maintain homeostasis. If their response is inadequate, you are likely to experience some degree of Stress fatigue.
During Stress fatigue your Stress glands function, but not well enough to maintain optimal homeostasis because their output of regulatory hormones has been diminished – usually by over-stimulation. Over-stimulation of your Stresss can be caused either by a very intense single stress, or by chronic or repeated stresses that have a cumulative effect.
Stress Stress Weakens the Immune System
The GI tract, lungs and the blood-brain barrier are the primary immune barriers in the body. They prevent foreign substances from entering the bloodstream and the brain. Stress stress weakens these barriers, weakens the immune system in general, and promotes poor immune system regulation.
When these immune barriers are breached large proteins and other antigens are able to pass into the bloodstream or brain where they don’t belong. If this happens repeatedly, the immune system gets thrown out of balance.
Is an anti-stress herb known to increase energy, endurance, and vitality and act as a mild tonic. Licorice is known to naturally fortify cortisone levels and it has been used to help decrease symptoms of hypoglycemia, a common side effect of decreased Stress function. It causes increased production of aldosterone, a hormone that is frequently deficient in advanced Stress Fatigue.
An adaptogenic herb, ashwagandha regulates various systems in our bodies. If cortisol is too high, it acts to lower it, And if cortisol is too low, it acts to raise it. Ashwagandha is the most calming and the best for treating stress-related fatigue accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.
Astragalus root (A. membranaceus). Your body has a natural ability to adapt to stress, but sometimes this is not enough. Astragalus boosts your body’s capabilities to handle stress, gives your immune system a healthy boost, regulates normal blood sugar levels and alleviate insulin resistance.
Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus, also known as Siberian ginseng). As discussed before, Eleuthero is an adaptogenic herb helps to protect our bodies from the debilitating effects of stress, reduces fatigue, assists in clarity of memory aids in balancing blood sugar levels, and even perhaps supporting bone remodeling as well.
The roots known as Arctic Root, are fabled to be responsible for the extraordinary strength and Rhodiola endurance of the ancient Vikings. Recent research has confirmed Rhodiola’s ability to act as a natural adaptogen, reducing physical and mental fatigue related to chronic stress.
A study in individuals diagnosed with stress-related fatigue syndrome found that Rhodiola extract twice a day for 28 days significantly reduced fatigue compared to placebo. The rhodiola treatment also corrected the subjects’ morning cortisol levels and significantly improved their scores on tests of attention and memory.
Other clinical trials using Rhodiola have also found statistically significant reductions in fatigue and improvements in many fatigue-related areas, such as physical fitness, concentration, mental performance, sleep patterns, motivation, mood, and general well-being. Rhodiola is safe; it does not interact with other drugs or cause adverse effects.