Do you feel completely exhausted every morning? But then as it gets close to bedtime again each night, you feel like that’s when you’re most awake??!!
If this sounds like you, I know just how frustrating it can be! I used to be the exact same way and for as long as I can remember I had loads of energy at night and felt like I could stay awake forever and then I never wanted to get up in the morning. That would be fine I guess if you didn’t have kids that woke you up at a ridiculous time every morning, or a job you had to get to on time! But for most of us, it'd be nice to start the day feeling a bit more energised instead of just dragging your exhausted butt out of bed every morning because you have no choice.
Well there could be solution you that haven’t considered yet. There may be more to it that just being a night owl.
Of course, there’s many reasons you might find it harder to get to sleep at night including having caffeine too late in the day or a lot of screen time right before bed won’t help either, but feeling this way can also be a sign of sluggish liver function. Simply getting up earlier won’t solve this problem and it’s always going to feel like a struggle unless you address the cause.
Now this information is definitely not intended to be used as a way to diagnose anything, nor would I ever assume that just because someone finds it hard to get up in the morning, that they must have poor liver function. But when you see this alongside some other common signs of a sluggish liver you might want to consider looking into it further.
Here's some examples of other symptoms you might experience if your liver isn't functioning optimally. This is not an exhaustive list and you may experience many or only one or two of these. This is just a guide to help you decide whether you might need to seek some further help from a professional.
Fluid retention and puffiness
Hormonal imbalance like PMS symptoms
Nausea, wind, bloating, constipation
Moods and irritability
Intolerance to fats or alcohol
Milia on the eyelids
If this is something that affects you, promoting healthy liver function and perhaps gastrointestinal function if needed, through dietary changes, mineral therapy and/or herbal medicine can be extremely helpful in reducing some of these symptoms and to help you start your days with a bit more energy.
Often, we experience symptoms that we don’t even realise are symptoms of anything. We just assume that that’s the way things are and there’s nothing that can be done about it.
If this all sounds a bit like you, this blog is really just to let you know that there may be something you can do about it and you don’t need to keep suffering. Find a qualified naturopath or alternative health professional that can help you address the cause of the symptoms and not just the symptoms themselves. If poor liver function is the cause, it’s not likely you’ll need sleeping pills, diuretics for the fluid retention, a gastroenterologist for the constipation, a dermatologist for the hormonal acne, and who knows what else! They may all be part of the same problem and as always with natural medicine, the goal is to get to the CAUSE of the symptoms and not just treat the symptoms individually.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all and I’d be happy to help or point you in the direction of someone who can.