Do you feel like you can’t ever kick that feeling that you didn’t get enough rest? No matter what you do, you’re always tired, and it bleeds into other aspects of your life as well. Chronic fatigue can massively deplete you, and it’s essential to get to the root of what’s going on so you can start to feel better.
What’s Happening with Chronic Fatigue
In your body, the parasympathetic nervous system and sympathetic nervous system come into play with chronic fatigue. The first is rest and digest, while the second is that famed fight or flight. You are either in one or the other. When stress happens, your body goes into fight or flight.
When your body is engaged in this fight or flight mode, it’s designed for survival and alertness. Of course, the modern human isn’t being chased by predators in the wild but more likely fielding stressful questions in a business meeting. These same biological processes happen, sending distress signals to your hypothalamus, which sends hormones to your bloodstream.
When this switch is flipped, the parasympathetic system is supposed to tell your other system to chill out and put it in rest and digest mode. Unfortunately, in chronic stress, this goes into a continuous loop, putting more stress on those adrenal glands.
Often, this is blamed on high cortisol, which does happen, but when these systems loop like this, you wind up paying the price for that low-grade, chronic stress.