Sleeping when studying - Nakhon Sawan, Thailand

Sleeping when studying – Nakhon Sawan, Thailand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is almost contradictory to believe that if you are really fatigued you could have insomnia (the inability to obtain the amount or quality of sleep you need). However, it is a fact for too many Americans, and more researchers are pointing to cortisol levels as being a chief cause. This makes sense, because if you have a normal cycle of cortisol production which peaks in the morning and gradually reduces until midnight and then starts building again until the next morning, you will normally be able to sleep.  

For many with insomnia, they find themselves in a stressful situation most of the time. This is calling on the adrenals to release cortisol. One of the products of cortisol in stressful situations is to increase alertness. As we know, increased alertness makes it very difficult to fall asleep. Then the next day we are fatigued because we didn’t get a restful sleep and this causes us to feel more stress.  So we call on the release of cortisol again to release glucose. After a while we start to have other problems associated with too much cortisol, and then start finding that our adrenals cannot release enough cortisol.  

This becomes a vicious cycle of insomnia and fatigue and often leads to serious health problems.