If you have chronic emotional, physical or mental stress of any kind, then your adrenals are working extra hard pumping cortisol and adrenaline to keep things running in your body. You could take pathology tests and check for signs and symptoms to adrenal burnout, but you can also do your own bio-hacking with these tests:
You will need: Blood Pressure Monitor
Procedure: Comparing two blood pressure readings. One while lying down and one while standing. Rest for five minutes, lying down, then seated, before taking the reading. Stand up and immediately take the blood pressure again while in the standing position.
Results: If the blood pressure is lower after standing, suspect reduced adrenal gland function, and more specifically, aldosterone hormone malfunction. Normally your blood pressure in standing should be higher as the blood is being pushed to the brain, try the test both morning and night to compare.
You will need: Your eyes for a pupil test, another person to help you, and a torch
Procedure: You need to be in a darkened room, get someone to shine a bright light like torch towards your pupils from the side and hold it for about a minute.
Results: Observe the pupil. With healthy adrenals, especially aldosterone, your pupils will constrict, and will stay small the entire time you shine the light from the side. In adrenal fatigue, the pupil will get small. Why? The low aldosterone causes the sphincter muscles of the eye to be weak and to dilate in response to light.
You will need: Thermometer to measure temperature
Procedure: Take your temperature 3 times a day. First, 3 hours after you wake up, then every 3 hours after that to equal 3 temperature measurements. Do an average temperature for the day. Do this for 5 days.
Results: If your average temperature fluctuates from day to day more than .2 to .3 you may need adrenal support. Optimal healthy individual temperature should be 98.6. Lower then this suggests lower than optimal metabolic state, which is controlled by the thyroid gland. Too much variation suggests an unstable or fatigued adrenal system.
Here are some other signs:
1) Do you have a hard time falling asleep at night?
2) Do you wake up frequently during the night?
3) Do you have a hard time waking up in the morning early, or feeling refreshed?
4) Do bright lights bother you more than they should?
5) Do you startle easily due to noise?
6) When standing from sitting or from lying down, do you feel lightheaded or dizzy?
7) Do you take things too seriously, and are easily defensive?
8 ) Do you feel you don’t cope well with certain people or events in your life?
If you answered yes to two or more of the above questions, your adrenals may be fatigued.
What can you do to heal it?
Different treatment for differing adrenal fatigue, for example you could have high cortisol, low cortisol or high and low cortisol. Best to see a practitioner and get it checked out for sure through Pathology Laboratory 24 Hour Salivary Testing and heal it right.