TIRED BUT WIRED
Do ever feel you have more in common with a Zombie than a member of the human race? Do you drag yourself around all day like the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and then find yourself unable to get the sleep you need at night?
If so, you probably relate to this phrase —
tired but wired
In a frustrating contradiction, many of us with chronic illness are unable to turn off our spinning thoughts at bedtime – even though we’re completely exhausted! Instead of getting much needed sleep, we lie awake for hours on end re-living conversations, planning the next day’s errands, and deciding how to prune the rosebushes next year.
Anything and everything seems like a mega big deal at 2:00 am.
We live with fatigue as a blatant daily reminder of conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, tick-related syndromes, diabetes, etc. Of course, “fatigue” doesn’t really describe it, does it? What words do you use? Pooped, tired, burned out, dog tired, drained, fried out, run ragged, tuckered out….
Lack of sleep has it’s own devastating cascade of effects on the body. Feeling tired and stressed out about being tired can create a vicious, unending cycle. When looking to solve any physical problem, it’s good to look “upstream,” meaning — what system (or systems) of the body is/are responsible? The “tired but wired” phenomenon is yet another symptom of adrenal insufficiency. When our gears are stripped (and chronic illness steps in), the adrenals take a beating. They try to keep up. They try – for years – to keep the system functioning as life demands, but eventually, they stop performing at optimal levels. Remember that the adrenal system governs the thyroid and our sex hormones so there’s a LOT that can go wrong when things aren’t working as they should.
As I’ve mentioned, I’ll be letting you know more information about rebuilding and repairing your adrenal system so stay tuned for future posts!
If you didn’t catch it, here’s a previous post on this topic called, The Startling Truth … About Being Startled.
Do you have other words for “exhausted” or ways that you describe your fatigue? Wonder if your adrenal system has gone wonky? Tired of counting sheep? Chime in and join the conversation by leaving a comment below! And … of course, don’t forget to share this with your friends.