When your case of the Mondays extends to Friday, it’s time to look at stress levels.
In today’s day and age, we’re more in tune with our body and mind’s performance than ever. We have apps to track movements throughout the day, digital logs to understand nutrition, and a multitude of different solutions that help people better understand their sleep habits.
Yet, despite all this data, how many times have we woken up after what should have been a full night’s rest asking ourselves: “Why am I so tired?”.
Tiredness that occurs chronically is called fatigue. It’s a type of tiredness that lingers on a day-to-day basis with consistency and is limiting to mental and physical performance. Fatigue can be caused by any number of factors including:
- Symptoms of another physical disease (e.g. diabetes, heart disease, anemia)
- Diet and caffeine use
- Mental illness (including depression & anxiety)
When looking at the multitude of potential causes for tiredness or fatigue, finding solutions can be exhausting in itself!
There are many external factors that can cause tiredness or fatigue. In our experience, though, the chief culprit is often high cortisol levels.
What is cortisol, and what does it have to do with tiredness?
Simply speaking, cortisol is a hormone that interacts with certain parts of the brain to control mood, motivation and fear. It is most commonly referred to as the “fight-or-flight” hormone but it also controls many other factors in your day-to-day life, including sleep.
In periods of high stress or anxiety, illness, and changes in diet, the body’s natural response is to secrete cortisol from the adrenal gland. While high amounts of this hormone is beneficial in these moments of need, getting our cortisol levels back to baseline afterwards can be a challenge. It’s at these points that we can develop difficulties eating or returning to normal levels of alertness. At higher prolonged levels, cortisol can significantly impact our sleep cycles.
What are some natural remedies for lowering cortisol?
Taking something to get to sleep is often just a Bandaid solution without addressing the root cause - your high cortisol levels. There are many natural remedies for high cortisol including:
- Using natural herbs and adaptogens to relieve stress, including Brainbow
- Building strong sleep routines
- Regular exercise and yoga
- Mindful meditation
- Wholesome diet
There are many natural herbs - including astragalus root, cordyceps, rhodiola, and reishi - that can help to lower the amount of cortisol that is moving throughout the body. Often, these herbs work to lower the sensitivity of cortisol receptors, or even reduce the amount of cortisol that is being secreted from the adrenal glands.
Adaptogenic herbs, for example, can act to naturally lower the impact of high cortisol levels and help combat tiredness and fatigue throughout the day. We’ve blended Brainbow with this specifically in mind.
While adaptogens can be powerful aids in relieving tiredness and fatigue, there’s no such thing as a silver bullet solution. We use Brainbow everyday to unlock our potential to make the changes we want in our lives a reality.
To experience how adaptogens can help to lower cortisol and reduce tiredness and fatigue, shop our adaptogens.