October 22, 2015 at 3:25 pm #4188ybrodyParticipant
I’m a 20 year old college student, and ever since my junior year of high school I’ve been big into lifting weights and using pre-workout supplements which I recently learned are hard on your adrenal glands.
Everything has been fine sex drive and energy wise until about 7 months ago when I contracted Mono. I didn’t have a very bad case, but my energy did plummet and it was hard gaining the energy to go out to school and whatnot. My dumb self was still into lifting and not wanting to lose my progress, so instead of waiting until the mono was completely out of my system, I went back into the gym after about 2 weeks and immediately starting using pre workout supplements to give me the energy to work out.
After gaining mono, during my recovery, I noticed my sex drive was coming back, but as soon as I started lifting again, it disappeared. I stopped lifting heavy and doing any workout that would be releasing any type of cortisol about a month ago, and got off of coffee and any type of stimulants.
The only reason I am posting this right now is because I’ve had trouble sleeping and staying asleep for the past 4 or 5 months. I realize that I wake up at 3am-7am and toss and turn the rest of the night, and the next day I have a hard time waking up and staying awake and gaining energy to do daily things.
I spoke to 2 doctors about it and they both told me that my low sex drive, low energy, low mood and insomnia were caused by depression and wanted me to take anti-depressants which I refused. All I want is to have my sex drive back and not be so tired and lethargic all the time.
Does this sound like adrenal fatigue to anyone? If anyone has gone through what I am currently going through, please leave some advice for me. I feel alone in this. Thank you.October 23, 2015 at 8:34 am #4198AnnabelKeymaster
You’re correct about pre-workout supplements. Most of them contain caffeine or some form of stimulant that can stress your adrenals.
The insomnia that you’re describing could be a sign that your cortisol cycle is still dysregulated. The changes that you mention (giving up stimulants etc) should eventually help with this. But there are also a lot of techniques you can use to improve your sleep in the short term. Check out this list for some easy-to-use tips:
https://adrenalfatiguesolution.com/essential-guide-to-sleep-hygiene/December 2, 2015 at 5:25 pm #4507LutherParticipant
Hey Brody – I had just about the exact same symptoms as you, including the waking up at around 3am every night and not being able to go back to bed. My doctor recommended I take a Neuroscience (it’s a brand) test, which recommended some supplements for me – and I’ve been feeling a lot better! it’s only been about two months, so I’m not completely healed yet – but definitely progress. Just in case you wanted to look into that – I’m not a sponsor for them or anything by the way (haha). Good luck!
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