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 aren’t waking refreshed, consider the following:
- Hypothyroid – an underactive thyroid can present as difficulty getting up in the morning
- Low iron – ferritin, or stored iron, should be above 40 to be adequate.
- Adrenal fatigue – the adrenal (or stress) glands work overtime when you’re under stress. Chronic stress or intense stress can deplete the levels of the vitamins and minerals that the adrenal glands need, meaning 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 allergies 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: TSH, free T3, free T4, anti-TPO, anti-thyroglobulin antibodies, ferritin, DHEAs, testosterone, cortisol – a.m. and p.m., food allergy blood testing.
Dr. Frank can help fix the thyroid, improve iron status, support the adrenal glands and alleviate allergies. Call 416-481-0222 or book online now.