It would be easy to pass off feeling exhausted as normal. Balancing family, work and life’s obligations; who’s to blame us for feeling this way! Well your balancing act might not be the only reason you’re so darn tired.
At 21 years old, Hillary Webster felt so tired that she could barely get out of bed. Doctors passed it off as depression, but Hillary knew it was something else. “It took years for a diagnosis of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome),” a condition that affects a woman’s hormones and significantly impacts energy. This misdiagnosis inspired Hillary to pursue a career as a Naturopathic Doctor.
Today Dr. Webster, is a self-proclaimed hormone expert, helping women regain their vitality for life; and the first step is a simple one…
The Power of Sleep
Sleep. It’s the first thing she examines when she sees a new patient. Proper sleep is the keystone to feeling better.
“Start with getting enough…. Nothing else is going to get better if you don’t sleep.”
Women give to everyone else and don’t honour their own needs. Make yourself a priority!
Take a good look at your sleep hygiene;
- are you going to bed at the right time?
- sleeping enough?
- avoiding late night screen time?
If you’re still struggling, try a meditation app or sleepcast (riffing off the popular podcast).
All About Those Adrenal Glands
The adrenals control your fight of flight response. When you’re stressed, adrenalin and cortisol are released into the body. If this happens regularly it can disrupt natural cortisol rhythms.
“If your adrenals are pumping out too much at night, you’re probably not going to be able to fall asleep… you’ll feel tired but wired.”
A disruption in your cortisol rhythm can cause difficulties falling asleep, waking up rested and your quality of sleep.
Manage your stress (easier said than done right?) Your body doesn’t distinguish between stressors so chasing a deadline and getting chased by a bear elicits the same response in the body. Imagine being chased by a bear 24/7… it’s no wonder you’re exhausted.
Stress can also affect insulin levels, sex hormones, thyroid hormones and the list goes on. Find some tools that work for you.
A Holistic Approach To Health
Each person is an individual; you’re more than just your symptoms.
“I like to empower, because my patients are the drivers of their own health… What I’m doing is connecting the dots for people.”
It’s not just about swapping pharmaceuticals for a natural pill. We have to dive deeper into your health – look at your history and possibly provide tests that your doctor might not offer.
There’s a number of things that can cause fatigue: vitamin deficiency, a latent chronic infection, poor digestion and food sensitivity are all things Hillary investigates!
You don’t have to live feeling tired and run-down and an appointment with Dr. Hillary Webster is a great place to start living a more energized life. Learn more about Hillary and her practice at websternaturopathic.com