Waking up Feeling More Tired or Not Refreshed

A common symptom that hypothyroid patients have is waking up not feeling refreshed, and, commonly, actually waking up feeling MORE tired than when they went to bed the night before.  12472613_10209427420069576_6738745950035368936_n

I experienced this and it baffled me. How does that make sense?! I got 10 hours sleep and still wake up feeling MORE tired than when I went to bed? 

Well, it has a great deal to do with your adrenal function.

The adrenal glands, two little glands that sit on top of each kidney, produce hormones and cortisol for many bodily functions. Cortisol helps you respond to stress and has many other important functions, including regulation of blood sugar, metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates and immune responses. With adrenal fatigue, your adrenal glands produce too much or not enough cortisol.

Adrenal fatigue is common in those with hypothyroidism, with it being reported that about many of those with hypothyroidism will have some form of adrenal fatigue.

The adrenals’ usual cortisol output is shown below :

Preferable Test Result Readings

Cortisol should be at its highest when you wake, slowly falling as the day goes on. The low levels at night time ensure you’re ready to sleep, and the low levels throughout the night ensure you get a good nights sleep, before it rises again around the time you wake. 

The adrenals can become dysfunctional (producing too much or two little cortisol) after first responding to chronic emotional, mental or biological stress of any kind by providing you with extra cortisol. But the body can only keep up with high cortisol for so long. So after this, the cortisol starts to fall, leading to low cortisol. In between this, you could have combined highs and lows. So you could have high, low or combined highs and lows in cortisol, causing adrenal fatigue. More info here and here.

When people wake up still feeling tired, or even more tired than when they went bed, they should check their adrenals, as it can be caused by cortisol levels being too high or too low.

I had mine tested and found I had high cortisol all day, causing my on-going fatigue, poor ability to fall sleep in the evenings, and then stay asleep; waking multiple times, sleep talking, tossing and turning and even sometimes sleep walking. The only accurate way to test them is by completing a 24 hour four point saliva test, to see how your levels rise and drop in a day, so you can compare them to the above (how they should be). Urine and blood are not accurate ways to test it.  10329196_10209343873860973_7537510289396481120_n

Too low cortisol can also disrupt sleep and make you feel like you haven’t slept at all, when it comes to getting up the next day. The symptoms of low and high cortisol can be very similar!

I have been blogging about correcting my adrenal fatigue, and I am yet to test my cortisol again to see if it has been corrected or at least closer to where it should be, but I do feel a lot better. I can’t wait to test it and actually see the results.

As I’ve been feeling better, I’ve been feeling less tired and sleeping better, I’ve started witnessing the miracle of waking up feeling refreshed, again! Yes, you heard me. I wake up not going ‘Urrrggghhhh, why do I feel more tired than when I came bed at 9pm last night?!’ anymore

I honestly made peace with the fact that I would never wake up feeling refreshed or at least not horrendously tired, ever again, and that for the rest of my life, getting out of bed would be the worst part of every day.

Sure, most healthy people feel that, too. Hypothyroid or not, who likes leaving their bed for school, uni, work etc.? But when you’re physically so fatigued after a ‘decent’ nights sleep, that getting out of bed feels like you’re dragging a mountain by the ankle, it is just beyond your imagination, unless you’ve firsthand experienced it.

Dysfunctional adrenals can result in high amounts of T3 from your thyroid medication to build in the blood, making your Free T3 results look high, but with continuing hypo symptoms, or causing hyper-like symptoms. 1606865_10209343858060578_7491758172386638825_n

Order a 24 hour saliva test, testing your cortisol levels at 4 key points of the day, to find out if you have adrenal fatigue.

It is never wise to guess whether you have low or high cortisol, symptoms for both are similar. You shouldn’t really  make any changes to your personal health regime before consulting a doctor and/or pharmacist, first. You could cause more harm than good if it isn’t done responsibly.

I ordered my adrenal stress test through Genova, using Thyroid UK’s code and instructions.

You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given, but more reading and references can also be found at:

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-info/

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ps/

Adrenal Fatigue by James Wilson

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One thought on “Waking up Feeling More Tired or Not Refreshed

  1. THANK YOU so much for this article. I have been googling ‘my morning/sleep problem’ for months now and I could not find a single website which put what I felt in the morning MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE on paper. I’ve talked to so many doctors, people, friends, family etc. and EVERYONE will tell you they feel this way in the morning. So for 40 years, I thought this was normal. It wasn’t until I became suicidal simply from waking up early in the morning to go to work, did I figure out ‘this is not everybody else’s problem’. Your article was spot on and thanks to you I now know what to tell my doctor and make them understand. endless thanks!

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