What is the relationship between hormones and energy?
What is hormonal fatigue?
Hormonal fatigue, also known as adrenal fatigue, has been described as the body’s response to long-term stress. When the adrenal glands are overworked and unable to meet the body’s needs for different hormones, symptoms begin to appear. Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of imbalanced hormones. Other symptoms such as body aches, sleep disturbances, and digestive problems have also been associated with hormonal fatigue.
What are some hormones that impact energy levels?
Melatonin plays a key role in sleep and adjusting the body’s internal clock. Melatonin production is connected to light and dark, where more is produced in darkness (indicating time to sleep), and less is produced with light (telling the body to stay awake). During winter months, melatonin production may increase due to more dark hours, causing sleepiness. The blue light from screens has been known to decrease melatonin production, which can contribute to a difficulty in falling and staying asleep.
Estrogen is a sex hormone that regulates growth and development, and is necessary for reproductive, cardiovascular, and bone health. Both low and high levels of estrogen can be linked to feelings of fatigue. Since estrogen is closely associated with other hormones such as serotonin and melatonin, the imbalances result in poor sleep and low energy.
Progesterone is a sex hormone that is produced in both women and men, though it is known as a female hormone. In women, progesterone levels rise and fall throughout the menstrual cycle. Low levels of progesterone have been associated with various symptoms including trouble sleeping. High levels of progesterone can contribute to increased energy levels due to improved overall sleep. However, excess progesterone can cause fatigue.
How can I find out if my hormones are imbalanced?
Hormone imbalance can be identified through a blood, urine, or saliva test. Different signs and symptoms are indicators of imbalances in certain hormones, so it’s important to share this information with your doctor. That way, specific hormone levels can be tested.
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