What I Mean When I Say I Don’t Like Mornings

Mornings are the worst time of the day for me. They never used to be. I used to be that annoying morning person who chose to get up at 7am on the weekends. Even as a teenager.

But chronic illness and other health conditions render me quite useless in the morning. Unless I’m able to sleep in til about 8:30-9am, I wake up feeling fatigued, no matter what time I went to bed the night before. I’ve gone to bed at 7pm before, woke up at 6:30am and felt even more tired than when I went to bed the night before. It’s common for thyroid and adrenal patients, unfortunately.

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But it’s not just the fatigue; I wake up feeling nauseous, weak in every inch of my body and unable to think clearly until at least 11am. I have adrenal fatigue in the form of high cortisol and I’m trying my best to lower it, but it’s a battle. I wake up feeling unwell, as if I have the flu, a stomach bug and haven’t slept in five years.

Most days, I have no idea how I manage to make it in to work, let alone showered, dressed smartly and hair and make up done so I look presentable and ready for the day ahead. Each one of these tasks uses up spoons and I’m even more exhausted by the time I reach the office. But I’m a stubborn person.

When I wake up, it’s a battle to convince myself to step out of bed when I feel so unwell. But this is my life.

I’m just tired. Tired of living. Tired of existing. Sick and tired of being sick and tired.

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-Rachel

About Rachel Hill, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME), as well as having Adrenal Fatigue and experience with Depression and Anxiety Disorder, Rachel Hill blogs at theinvisiblehypothyroidism.com to help others, covering all aspects of what it’s like to have these conditions. Rachel is one of the many faces of thyroid disease and she’s passionate about helping those with hypothyroidism and giving them a voice.
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