Why Empaths May Experience Adrenal Fatigue, Insomnia & Exhaustion

Empaths have a heightened sensitivity to the emotions and energies of others, often absorbing them unconsciously. As a result, empaths can become easily drained and exhausted, particularly when they are around others for an extended period. This sudden onset of chronic fatigue can be debilitating and impact their ability to function in daily life.

This may arise when they are faced with a range of emotional responsibilities, or carrying the energy of others, making it difficult to maintain a state of balance and harmony. This can result in a significant loss of energy, making it necessary for empaths to withdraw and recharge their internal battery through periods of solitude.

Our thoughts, emotions, and feelings have a big impact on our physical and mental well-being, and can sometimes even make us feel really low. Taking some alone time every now and then can really help us process and deal with those feelings as they come up throughout the day. By doing this, we can prevent ourselves from getting worn out and feeling drained. Plus, it gives us a chance to let go of any negative thoughts that might be weighing on our mind.

If we don’t have enough alone time, our brains might go into overdrive at night when things are calm and quiet, and we don’t have any external distractions. This can make it diffiicult to relax and fall asleep naturally.

We might wake up often during the night and have trouble getting a good night’s sleep because our minds keep trying to process everything that happened during the day and deal with any unfinished business.

Our minds can get so overactive that they exhaust us by constantly bombarding us with way too much stimuli. It’s hard to rest and recharge when this is happening, which can lead to erratic sleep patterns. Some days we might need 10 hours sleep, while other days we might only need a couple of hours, depending on how much energy is attached to our energy field and pulling us down.

If we can’t find time during the day to sort out our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, it’s important to meditate right before bed. That way, we can let our thoughts drift in and out without getting too caught up in them and triggering a hormonal response. Strong emotions tied to our memories and experiences can make us feel all sorts of unpleasant feelings like fear, anxiety, resentment, panic, and paranoia. Our brains might think we’re actually in danger and tell our adrenal glands to produce hormones, which then flood our body with energy.

When we’re really stressed out for a long time, or we’re living an unhealthy lifestyle (like not sleeping enough, working too much, eating poorly, dealing with toxic relationships, tough family situations, or just going through a rough patch), we put a lot of strain on our adrenal glands.

Our adrenal glands are these tiny, kidney-shaped glands that sit above our kidneys in the lower back area. They are very powerful and beneficial when we’re dealing with challenges, because they make hormones that help us stay alert, focused, and energized so we can handle immense pressure.

However, if we push our adrenal glands too hard, they’ll keep pumping out energy even when we’re trying to rest or sleep. This can make us feel like we’re constantly wired and alert, which is really stressful for our bodies. It puts way too much stress on our adrenal glands, and they can eventually burn out and malfunction.

When we start feeling really low on energy, we might want to try to get a quick fix by eating foods that are super high in sugar or salt. These things give us an instant energy boost, but it’s not a good long-term solution. In fact, it’s a vicious cycle, because these junk foods burn through our energy super fast, leaving us feeling even more drained and needing another quick fix.

Our bodies know what they need, which is why we start craving things like sugar and salt when we’re low on energy. The problem is that we usually give in to those cravings by eating junk food, which is packed with refined sugar and salt. Instead of that, we should try to eat things with unrefined sugar and unrefined salt, which are healthier and can actually nourish and replenish our adrenal glands if we eat them in reasonable amounts.

We might also try to raise our energy levels by consuming caffeine-based drinks, such as coffee or energy drinks; however, caffeine just irritates the adrenal glands further. We will then experience regular highs and lows, as our energy levels peak and drop throughout the day.

When our adrenal glands are not working effectively, we may feel constantly fatigued, run-down, irritable, anxious, dizzy, and overwhelmed. We may experience heart palpitations, sugar, or salt cravings, low or high blood pressure, and we will also find it very difficult to manage stressful situations.

If we take good care of ourselves by having positive thoughts, exercising regularly, eating well, and sleeping enough, then our adrenal glands won’t get too overworked or exhausted.

When we sleep, our bodies produce a hormone called cortisol (produced by our adrenal glands). Cortisol levels naturally go up while we’re sleeping, and peak in the hours right before we wake up. This helps us start the day off right and feel energized. It’s all part of the circadian rhythm, which helps us sleep when it’s dark and be awake and alert when it’s light outside.

However, when our adrenal glands are totally worn out, we could wake up feeling tired even after we thought we had a good night’s sleep. We might feel sleepy for most of the day, but then when night comes again, our cortisol levels suddenly spike, making it difficult for us to get into a really deep sleep.

It can take a long time to run our adrenal glands down, so it can take some time to fully repair them. However, we can make changes that can have an immediate effect.

The most important thing we can do is to tune in to our body and pay attention to how it’s feeling. We should keep track of when we feel more or less energized throughout the day. We’ll probably notice that some parts of the day are tougher than others, and that’s okay. We can make some tweaks as we go to help us feel better.

It is vital that we figure out what’s causing us to put so much stress on our adrenal glands. If we can get to the bottom of why we’re feeling certain emotions or having certain thoughts, we can work on not staying in that heightened, stressed-out state all the time. This will take some of the pressure off our adrenal glands and help us feel better overall.

Meditation is a really helpful way to stay focused on our body and pay attention to any sensations we’re feeling. It can also help us calm our minds and stop repeating negative thoughts that ultimately cause chemical reactions.

Spending time with family and friends or being out for social activities can also regulate our cortisol levels, as they are known to increase after spending long periods of time alone—if we feel lonely, isolated, and separated. If we are content in our own company, we will feel balanced, and cortisol levels may not be such an issue.

Our diet and exercise habits can also make things harder for our adrenal glands. If we push ourselves too hard, we’re putting even more stress on our glands, and that can cause them to start pumping out too many stress-related hormones.

Skipping meals, eating junk food, or engaging in intense workouts can all place a lot of stress on our adrenal glands. Additionally, food allergies or intolerances can also cause problems for our glands. Therefore, it’s crucial to pay attention to which foods may be causing issues and try our best to avoid them.

If we want to take good care of our adrenal glands, we should try to eat a balanced, nutritious diet that includes plenty of organic foods and protein, as well as a heathy dose of vitamins A, B, and C. It’s a good idea to give our bodies time to absorb all those nutrients before doing any physical activity. It would also help to try to cut back on alcohol and avoid too much refined sugar, salt, and caffeine.

If we want to rebalance our adrenal glands, we need to focus on creating a sense of security, stability, and inner peace. Being optimistic and getting good, restful sleep are also important factors. Sometimes, just the idea of going to bed can make us feel a little anxious if we’re worried about not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep all night. We might feel like we’re only getting light, interrupted sleep instead of the deep, restorative sleep our bodies really need.

When our adrenal glands are worn out, we might find ourselves waking up in the middle of the night feeling extremely alert, possibly due to vivid, high-stimulus dreams that only make us feel more anxious and on edge.

When we’re going through a stressful or anxious time, it’s not uncommon to experience sleepless nights. Even if we manage to fall asleep, we may still wake up in the middle of the night feeling the effects of adrenaline coursing through our bodies, even if we’re not sure exactly why.

When we experience disruptions in our sleep, it’s usually due to the biochemical reactions caused by high levels of stress hormones circulating through our bodies between roughly 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. These hormone spikes can have a huge impact on our ability to stay calm and relaxed, which is why our sleep can get interrupted.

To address this issue, we can create a special, therapeutic mixture by combining organic honey and unrefined salt. For more information about this please click here.

Another helpful technique is to place a Himalayan salt table lamp beside the bed. These lamps are known for removing positive ions from the surrounding environment and replacing them with negative ones, creating a more natural balance. They can also help eliminate electronic smog from devices like laptops and mobile phones, leading to improved air circulation and healthier breathing.

Taking care of our adrenal glands is essential for our overall health and wellbeing, so making small changes to our daily routine can have a big impact on our energy levels, sleep, and overall quality of life.

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    • Great information. A few years ago my adrenal fatigue was high and was effecting everything one of the most frustrating aspects was “you don’t look sick” from everyone. As I struggled to make it through the work day friends and family just couldn’t understand the depth of the exhaustion I felt and were so critical of me it wasn’t helpful and was extremely hurtful. Glad to see this information getting out there!

  1. This has been me since childhood! My mom would say she didn’t like me around many people because I soaked up their energy like a wet sponge. She’s a HSP herself. She has hers monitor. I myself am still trying. One of many illnesses I suffer with is chronic fatigue. And migraines, I’m on several medications including a salt pill because my blood pressure drops when I sit or stand.

    • Have you looked into Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome? You may want to look into it. Heart rate rises, blood pressure drops when standing etc.

  2. Thank you for this website. It explains a LOT of my fear-based behavior and seeking an environment that is quiet, where I can be alone and “recharge”. I will be studying this information thoroughly so I don’t feel quite so much the “wierd” one. Very grateful!

  3. I’m everything you have described been off work for 2 months going through divorcentre and house sale. All what I wanted but so sensitive it’s knocked me out of balance & not slept well for months now.


  5. I have been absorbing others energy more amd more over the last 10 years and thought I was going crazy… I rarely get sick too but over the most recent 6years I ha e been having more and more outbursts of overwhelming emotions that I 100% cannot control and it is extremely draining. It has caused tension btwn my husband & I as he is not able to wrap his head around what a HSP goes throigh… good bad and everything inbtwn.
    This was a good article

  6. I need recharging when being among people. I seek solace and rest. It seems as if stimuli creates havoc on and in my body.

  7. I don’t know if this has been discussed before, but do you think ADD symptoms are attributed more to Empaths? I know I am an Empath and I also know I have what “they” call ADD. My son also does and it’s obvious to me that he is an old soul. I think our ADD attributes are wonderful and wondered if you had never heard of a correlation?

  8. Thanx for the tips about dealing with the physical symptoms. On the subject of the stress causing the problem, what do others think of Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power Of Now? I am finding his teachings on presence to be very helpful in dealing with that stress… and using them is solving a LOT of these problems for me.

  9. Excellent information. As far as my own experiences, this narrative describes my situation completely.

  10. What do you do with the honey and salt potion? Swallow it?
    Mix with water?
    Only if you wake during the night?
    I find magnesium to help too!
    Great article!

  11. i have been looking for an explanation to these symptoms. i used to think i was in introvert…but i’m not, so i thought i just didn’t like people drama. i thought that “things” were from early childhood trauma, which some are, but not all. this article explained so much for me. i’ll be looking further into the world of being an empath. there’s really no one i could speak to of these things…but i’m imagining that the road of an empath is rather solitary and i’m good with that. i do have a chosen lifestyle that suits an empath…lots of solitary time…so at least some of my instincts are intact. thank you for this article.

  12. Wow, this describes me perfectly. I haven’t had alone time during lockdown and the physical symptoms I feel because of this are so profound. It’s exhausting! It’s reassuring to know I’m not alone in this experience. Thank you!!!

  13. Is there a high correlation with empaths and having a diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

  14. To all who think you are an introvert or just an empath, on many occasions the introvert is also a empath. It’s not uncommon to be both

  15. This is the answer to my questions about why I absorb other people’s junk so often. I work in a large family practice and I am at check out. People literally exhaust me. I can feel their symptoms and I have got to learn how to keep them from permeating my body and mind. Thank you for sharing this! Now I get to find healthy ways of keeping myself from becoming a medical dictionary!!

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