Stress causes the adrenal glands to fire off adrenaline. This gives you a burst of energy to deal with stressful situations. Adrenaline also raises the heart rate, increases respiration, dilates the pupils, slows down digestion and causes muscles to contract. It’s like caffeine on steroids!
So if you are stressed or upset it can be impossible to fall asleep, but why does it always wake you up at 3am?
3am is when your liver regenerates. To do so, it needs glycogen. The problem is that adrenaline causes your cells to use up glycogen. So if you are often stressed, your body may not have enough glycogen for the liver to regenerate at 3am. If your liver cannot get the glycogen it needs, your adrenal glands will compensate by releasing adrenalin, which is why you are wide awake and ready for action, not exactly a state you want to be in at 3am.
Adrenal Cocktail Recipe
½ cup orange juice - gives the liver glucose it needs to regenerate.
½ teaspoon Cream of tartar - high in potassium, an element that is essential for the sodium/potassium balance in cells, vital organs (liver), muscles, nerves, and the digestive system.
½ teaspoon Himalayan or Celtic salt - contains 84 essential minerals and elements found in the human body, helping feed the adrenals and refresh body’s the sodium/potassium pump.
Just mix all the ingredients and drink before bed.
*You may also do this in the morning to deal with stress throughout the day, but always be sure to drink it before bed as well.
To get a better idea of whether or not you may have adrenal fatigue, check out our Adrenal Fatigue Quiz here!