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Using Sleep as a Solution to Burnout - How to Heal Adrenal Fatigue

Your battery is low—can you make it? No, this isn’t about your phone, but the lacklustre feeling so many of us experience every day. We at Sömn Home believe sleep is the new luxury. That’s why we’ve designed our sustainable linen bedding to facilitate more restful nights to help stave off sleep deprivation and burnout.

What Causes Burnout?

Low energy and tiredness cause many to seek medical attention. But pinpointing the cause of fatigue isn’t easy. One theory that’s emerged is adrenal fatigue—where prolonged exposure to stress impacts the adrenals leading to a low cortisol state. The signs vary from fog, low energy, depression, sweet and salty cravings, light-headedness, and other symptoms. But while the symptoms people experience are very real, Adrenal Fatigue is not medically recognized. 

Helpful—we know. A clear diagnosis opens the way to treatment. However, symptoms like ongoing fatigue, brain fog, lack of motivation, etc. should be discussed with a doctor, because there are many possible causes including anemia, sleep apnea, autoimmune, infections, hormonal impairments, mental illness, heart and lung problems, and kidney and liver diseases—and that's not all of them.

Once a condition is identified, a doctor can help guide recovery. But if there’s no clear diagnosis, it's possible exhaustion may be related to burnout. According to the  National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation and burnout go hand-in-hand. Sleeping less than six hours a night is a pretty good indicator burnout is likely to occur. Most of us know this on an instinctual level. Still, we continue to prioritize other aspects of wellness—fitness, nutrition, work, social life and personal interests over a good night’s sleep.

Signs of Burnout

  • Inability to work/concentrate
  • Can’t shake minor colds/illnesses
  • Bad mood and temper
  • Mysterious aches, pains, and nausea
  • Difficulty sleeping (ironic, we know)
  • Declining social life

Luckily, there are ways to fix this. Spoiler: there is no magic bullet. Addressing burnout isn’t about changing one aspect, it takes a holistic approach. But luckily, they’re all pretty doable. The first stepdiet. Hydrate more and try to nom those fruits and veggies. Dedicate time to slowly consume your food without stress, and only focus on low-impact exercises like walking, pilates, gentle yoga, or stretching. Remember--be kind and be patient.

Excuse yourself from extra projects and responsibilities until you’re feeling better. Take one day of rest each week. While it’s popular to hustle, that kind of daily mentality can lead to all sorts of health issues and will strain the adrenals. “Turn off your phone, get outside, or just sleep all day if that’s what your body needs,” suggests Carrie Vitt, NTP at Deliciously Organic. The final step is going to bed early each night. Yes, the best way to heal your adrenals is with sleep.

“To help ease into sleep, dab a drop or two of your favorite essential oil on the bottoms of your feet or the base of your spine twice a day to help lower stress levels." Or take an Epsom salt bath a few times a week can help restore the minerals you need to fight tiredness.Soaking in a bath with 1 cup of epsom salts and a few drops of your favourite essential oil will help you relax and replenish your magnesium stores," writes Carrie Vitt.

Why Our Sustainable Linen Sheets are Better in Bed

As your sleep specialists, we’ve paid attention to both detail and design to create sustainable linen bedding that's confidently comfortable. We invite you to consider how the properties of pure linen can help you sleep more deeply and comfortably. Real linen is both hypoallergenic and moisture-wicking. It’s good for sensitive skin and maintains a more even temperature for a night of deep and restful sleep. 

As one of the deepest relaxations we can experience, sleep is a crucial tool for preventing/addressing burnout. Experience how pure linen is a mindful step that can support your journey in getting a good night's sleep.

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