Adrenal or Pandemic Fatigue?

Updated: Oct 28

Here are the 10 most common signs that tell you that you’re experiencing either adrenal overdrive, pandemic or adrenal fatigue:

  1. You’re having trouble falling asleep even when you’re tired (“tired and wired”) and even when you do sleep, you’re not rested when you wake.

  2. You get irritable or angry really quickly or more often than you want to.

  3. You’re craving sugar/carbs, fat, salt – or all of the above!

  4. You get tired around 3-4 most afternoons, and that’s when you really want something sweet or some extra caffeine.

  5. You’ve been gaining weight, perhaps noticing a spare tire growing around your middle.

  6. You feel anxious or blue.

  7. You’re getting sick more often than you used to.

  8. Your hormones are all over the place, you’re having fertility problems, and perhaps your libido is nowhere to be found.

  9. You’re memory and focus are not what you think they should be.

  10. Your digestive system is a mess.

  11. If you are experiencing any – or many – of these, read on…

Is There a Test for Adrenal Stress?

While there are tests that a functional or integrative doctor can do for adrenal fatigue, if you’re experiencing a few of the above symptoms, you can actually start to treat yourself without special testing. If you do want to get tested, you can ask your doctor to check a salivary or serum cortisol. The best testing looks at a 24-hour range so you can see where your peaks and dips of cortisol occur through the day, which can give your doctor some clues as to what might be going on to trigger these. Some tests, for example, the Adrenal Stress Index, also include DHEA, progesterone, insulin, and fecal sIgA, which look at the effects of adrenal stress on other hormones, blood sugar regulation, and whether your gut is being stressed.

Natural Treatments for Adrenal Stress