We’ve all been there. Staying up late to catch up on some emails, tuck the kids into bed one last time, or even finish the Netflix show we’ve been binge watching. We all know what it’s like to hit the snooze button one more time. Being tired is completely normal, and to some degree, a natural part of life. When we’re tired, a good night’s sleep or a weekend to recuperate can usually bring our normal energy levels back.
So how do you know if you're body is exhausted? Ironically, feeling physically tired may not even be the top sign. There are many signs of exhaustion, and feeling sleepy isn't always one of them.
Our bodies take on a lot of stress on a daily basis. Between work, relationships, lack of sleep, and exercise, life's challenges can take a toll on our minds and bodies and lead to exhaustion or burnout.
Cortisol is the hormone, produced by your adrenal glands, that helps your body respond to stress. It’s sometimes called the “stress hormone.” That’s because levels of cortisol in the body spike during times of high stress. Unfortunately, in our current high-stress culture, the body’s stress response is activated so often that it doesn’t always have a chance to return to normal, resulting in a state of chronic stress.
It's important to look for signs that signal that your body is exhausted as a result of stress, and make lifestyle changes to start feeling better.