Suffering from Morning Sluggishness or Feeling Tired?
Assuming you have had at least 7 hours of good quality sleep, you shouldn’t wake up feeling tired each morning. If you are still tired after a long sleep, consider the following:
The thyroid is a vitally important hormonal gland that plays a key role in maintaining the body’s BMR (Base Metabolic Rate). An underactive thyroid can cause fatigue and present as difficulty getting up in the morning.
Iron Deficiency or Excess
Iron is essential for the creation of hemoglobin, the molecule in the blood that carries oxygen, as well as for the activation of many enzymes associated with the production of energy. Some people may also suffer from a genetic condition called hemochromatosis that prevents their body from utilizing and eliminating iron. Both iron deficiency and excess iron can cause symptoms of fatigue.
The adrenal (or stress) glands work overtime when you’re under stress. Chronic stress or intense stress can deplete the levels of vitamins and minerals that the adrenal glands need. It means they won’t function well. Part of their role (as well as regulating blood sugar, blood pressure, and inflammation) is to regulate energy, drive and motivation.
Food or Environmental Allergies
When the immune system is in overdrive either fighting infection, or fighting food or environmental allergens, it’s tiring. Removing food sensitivities, reducing environmental allergen exposure and balancing the immune system can help.
Blood tests that may help determine the source of morning fatigue
- Free T3
- Free T4
- Anti-thyroglobulin antibodies
- Cortisol – a.m. and p.m test
- Food allergy blood testing.