Is anyone else battling adrenal issues or insomnia?


Is anyone else battling adrenal issues or insomnia!! How the hell am I meant to heal on 3 hours sleep a night?!!

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  1. Light therapy has made the most appreciable difference for me. The Adrenal Reset Diet by Dr. Alan Christianson has info on how to time your exposure. I sit in front of my light box for 60 min, 90 min after waking. It's helped my internal clock so much that I automatically wake at 7am everyday on the dot. On sunny days I try to get as much daylight as possible too, to really anchor that circadian rhythm.

  2. What kind of light box?

  3. eat some fruit when you wake, and or have some salty orange juice, do this as soon as you wake, and then more than likely you will go back to sleep, it is usually the low blood sugar that wakes, as a result of an adrenaline surge because of low blood sugar. a good liver cleanse will help no end

  4. If I have caffeine past 3pm I'm awake allllllll night. It's crazy how caffeine prevents me from falling asleep even 8+ hours later. People think I'm nuts that I can't have tea or coffee all day and night and not fall asleep.

  5. I am a slow caffeine metabolizer as well..14 hours amped and then crash..not worth it.

  6. Same here girl, it's amazing how little sleep I get now. Can't even nap during the day, arg!!!

  7. Magnesium chloride will definitely help you sleep better.

  8. The pineal gland is located between the two hemispheres of the brain and is responsible for the synthesis and secretion of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin maintains the body's circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle), regulates the onset of puberty in females, and helps protect the body from cell damage caused by free radicals. As a calcifying tissue that is exposed to a high volume of blood flow, the pineal gland is a major target for fluoride accumulation in humans. In fact, the calcified parts of the pineal gland (hydroxyapatite crystals) contain the highest fluoride concentrations in the human body (up to 21,000 ppm F), higher than either bone or teeth

  9. Borax, similar to the equally endangered Lugol's iodine solution, can also be used to remove accumulated fluoride and heavy metals from the body (14). Fluoride not only causes bones to deteriorate, but also the pineal gland to calcify and the thyroid to become underactive. Borax reacts with fluoride ions to form boron fluorides which are then excreted in the urine.

  10. Magnesium and Balancing hormones helped me the most. Taking Bio identical progesterone –

  11. I have been taking magnesium chloride baths & I sleep SO good now! It's easier to get to sleep, stay asleep, & I sleep so deep! Amazing!

  12. My sleep didn't improve until I started transdermal magnesium. Oral supplements (no matter how high-quality they were) just didn't do enough. Go get some magnesium oil and put it on your skin. You won't regret it!

  13. Also try eating protein right before bed. A hard boiled egg, cheese, turkey, ham. Something with protein.

  14. With u

  15. Are ppl here against Melatonin? I had to take it for a while. Only the chewable/sublingual one works for me. Some ppl report vivid dreams or nightmares, glad I don't have that effect when I take it! I suggested to them a different brand. I was interested to hear about taking raw honey and sea salt before bed.

  16. I don't think people here are generally for or against melatonin, Heather Barton. Back when my low mag levels were affecting my sleep, I used it 2-3 times a week just to keep from getting too fatigued. I wouldn't recommend using it every day for years, though. It is a hormone, after all.

  17. I read a few studies that Melatonin deficiency is linked to cancer. Supposedly ppl don't make Melatonin unless they are in a completely dark room. I have 2 street lights right outside my window. But I agree taking anything like that is not the solution. Better is to get the body making its own. I told my dad he needed to wean himself down to one then maybe none…he is not convinced but he is taking 1 less right now.

  18. What about taking Tryptophan long term? Since that is the percursor to Melatonin.

  19. Good point Jennifer Motter, my light box is helping me too. You can get one off Amazon, 10,000 lux for good results.

  20. Melatonin is a hormone and not a good idea. If you must, try the amino acid, L-Tryptophan instead.
    Re the lights outside, wear a sleep mask.

  21. I had a light outside of my bedroom window. I put aluminum foil on the window.

  22. How do you find out your cortisol level, blood test? I have never heard of this before. Thx!

  23. I did a blood test first.. But they are not accurate. Then my naturopathic dr had me do a 24 hour saliva test a boom!! It explained SO MUCH!!

  24. I'm sorry me too, I'm at the point where I am pretty sure mines turned into Addisons and I'm so tired I can't sleep, I can't do anything, the weakness is breaking me, I'm trying to do all I can to figure out how to get treated doctors are mostly not helpful, it's very hard! I can only say get your saliva done, know your labs and try to find someone to help you out it all together

  25. I'm at my wits end with long term chronic deep deprivation…. no idea what to test for or do it all seems so confusing

  26. Find a naturopathic doctor.. IT IS WORTH IT!! I have been exhausted for going on 3 yrs. Seen a couple reg. Drs, endocrinologist and I was told it was due to having hypothyroidism, hashimotos and of course your a mom that is why you are tired. So finally I found a np and she had done soooo many tests and I am slowly feeling better. I feel like I still have lots to work on still but it helps that finally a dr believed me and is actually helping me

  27. Think im going to get a light and try light therapy. Is going to take couple weeks to get here though =/

  28. Thanks Jennifer Motter! Read into it and sounds well worth the shot. Might get that book to. Read the basics and it's a carb schedule I'd been reading about from keifers carb backload at end of day for hormonal optimisation so sounds like there's grounds toit. Low carb seems to have wrecked me. Might get some uv blockers to wear in eves to lol so desperate today

  29. Alan christianson the adrenal reset diet is what she suggested. Looked up the gist of it and makes sense

  30. My NP gave me adrenalstim cream to put on at 8 am &12 noon

  31. Yes. The insomnia is severe. Going to try the honeyHimalayan salt suggestion.

  32. I have no trouble falling asleep whatsoever–it's the 3:30 awakenings that have plagued me for years. Some of you have mentioned the cortisol blood sugar connection and I think that's the case with me. When I have a little snack before bed, I am more likely to sleep through the night. Wish I'd discovered this 20 years ago…

  33. Also, try turning off the wifi and removing the smart meter… I now sleep since these are gone…


    Julie Ann Alls-Fortenberry there is some great info here about our insomnia we have been discussing.

  34. I have become nervous about himalayan salt after reading some articles.

  35. Been there doing that ….Adrenal cocktail with Himalayan salt is the answer.

  36. Soozn Grindell, that article says that Morton's table salt that has been washed and bleached and stripped of the full spectrum trace elements is better than sea salt because of the Potassium Iodide. Most of the iodide evaporates off after 3 months…how long does one canister last? The iodide that iodized salt provides is insignificant; people should be supplementing with Iodine daily. Dr. Brownstein wrote an excellent book "salt your way to health" and probably has some good interviews on YouTube about benefits of sea salt. Many minerals are only needed in trace amounts, so the fact that sea salt contains trace amounts of every element on the periodic table seems like a no brainer that sea salt would be beneficial to humans. The water in us is salty…like the ocean…so we can use salt crystals from the ocean to replenish our bodies…what beautiful symbiosis!

    Don't listen to articles like this that say sea salt has no benefit or even is harmful! Sure, you want to get a good source…Redmond's, Real, Celtic are supposed to be good brands. I am sure the Himalayan that Natural News sells is top quality. The Himalayan salt mines are massive and the more expensive salt is deep down while the cheaper stuff will come from the surface and be contaminated.

  37. Salt That Kills, Salt That Heals – Dr Donald D. Mayfield

  38. I go days & days with NO sleep..

  39. Diffusing pure therapeutic essential oils in you bedroom and doing raw sugar and sea salt 5:1 ratio under the tongue before bed helps promote relaxation and quiet the mind.

  40. Wow, I am learning so much from this group. I have never heard of adrenal fatigue before and I apologize for all of my questions. Who will test and treat for this? What kind of doctor and can you guys recommend anyone in NJ? Also, if someone suspects adrenal fatigue what can they do to help stabilize cortisol levels until testing can be done.

  41. Simonne Baillie – have you considered it could be high histamine? Dr Ben Lynch knows his stuff ( and he explains it here:

  42. Magnesium /potassium b vitamins and lots of natural vit c like camu camu not from absorbic acid you need to nourish the adrenals mag /potassium are depleted and have a enormously calming effect not only on the adrenals but also help relax the whole nervous system !!!

  43. Have you checked your thyroid? Adrenal and thyroid issues come hand in hand. Check your temp and your heart beat. Low temp means you are hypothyroid but if your temp is normal but heart beat elevated it means your adrenals are kicking in to compensate. Adrenaline will keep u awake at night.

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