I am using natural sleep aids for my sleep for the last week.
Q: I am using natural sleep aids for my sleep for the last week. They don’t seem to be working. How long should I give them to see if they will work?
A: It maybe some other underlying issues that you need to look at in order for sleep to improve. Insomnia, disturbed sleeping pattern, brain fog, anxiety and depression are common symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Both too high and too low night time cortisol levels can cause sleep disturbances. The liver is lacking the glycogen reserves needed by the adrenals to keep blood glucose high during the night. When this happens, blood glucose levels may sometimes fall so low that hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) symptoms disrupt sleep during the night. Waking up between 1:00 and 3:00 AM often indicates low blood sugar during this time. Sometimes it is accompanied by nightmares, sudden onset of heart palpitations, anxiety attacks, and cold sweats. Lack of sleep can be a significant body burden in itself.