Cortisol is a stress hormone; when released in the morning, it provides us with a great alertness, energy, and a “ready to go” attitude. Our bodies are designed for us lead easy-going lives, except for “fight or flight” situations where acute stress occurs. Our bodies are designed for acute stress, but not for chronic stress. When was the last time you felt life was easy going? When is the last time you woke up and felt “ready to go?” I know for me, it’s hit and miss. Just from Facebook, you pretty much see all the stress in people’s lives.
Needless to say, cortisol isn’t just released in the morning, but now as we struggle with chronic stress, cortisol is released regularly. Unfortunately, we don’t get energy all day long, but a lazy and tired feeling, then we get a second wind around the time we need to go to bed. A type of domino effect takes place because sleeping patterns and time frames change day to day. Eventually, insulin resistance, elevated blood glucose, sickness, weight loss problems, and signs of aging becoming prominent and normal among our society. Sleep is an incredible need for our bodies.
So ,basically, get to sleep!!!
I’ve struggled with this, too. Am I just supposed to quit everything to be stress free, then get a little sleep? Yes and no, in my opinion. Shaun and I quit our jobs and spent our savings to open up Hoosier CrossFit. This really could’ve gone 2 ways: win or lose. Obviously we won 🙂 But as normal jobs, we still encounter stress. But I’m going to tell you something that’s not a secret. You have a choices in life – stop bitching and start making changes that make you and your family happier (and this usually doesn’t come in the form of tangible shiny things). For starters, get to bed earlier, keep the TV off, and no facebook before bed.