7 Bodily Signs of Nervous System Dysregulation

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The nervous system is one of the most complex systems in the human body. It helps regulate everything from your heart rate to your breathing patterns and even how you digest food. If it's not functioning correctly, then all these things can suffer as a consequence. This blog post will discuss seven bodily signs of nervous system dysregulation. We'll also provide some tips for what you can do about it!

The next time you feel a little off, take note of what your body is telling you. We often ignore or dismiss our bodies' signals because we are too busy or just not paying attention. These signs could indicate that there is something out of balance in your nervous system, and it is time to do something about it.

Here are 7 bodily signs of nervous system dysregulation:

1. You're constantly on edge and overwhelmed

One of the telltale signs of nervous system dysregulation is a sense of overwhelm. This seems counterintuitive, but it happens when you're not able to let go or feel like there are too many demands on your attention and energy at any given time.

You may feel like you can't keep up with everything, and you constantly feel on edge, worrying about what's next.

2. You're frequently snappy, irritable, and reactive

Do you feel like you're constantly on the verge of snapping or losing your temper? This could be a sign that you're not managing your emotional stress well.

You may feel frustrated and antsy, all at once. Even small things can set off an intense reaction because it feels like there's too much sitting on top of this pressure building up inside you.

You tend to overreact in certain situations. It becomes difficult for you to control the way you react or feel. This can affect your relationships and the way you think about yourself.

You may wonder why you can't control your reactions and emotions, especially if your feelings are swinging from one extreme to another without any warning or build-up.

3. You experience chronic pain and illness

Life stressors such as chronic stress, trauma, adverse childhood experiences, and illness can lead to nervous system dysregulation. Chronic nervous system dysregulation can lead to any variety of chronic pain and illness.

Suppose you've been to multiple doctors, specialists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and more that lead to only temporary relief and no long-term solutions. In that case, you could be experiencing nervous system dysregulation.

You may also experience symptoms and pain flair-ups without any apparent cause or trigger. This is often a sign that your body has been experiencing high levels of sympathetic arousal for an extended time, leading to all sorts of physical problems over time.

4. You're highly sensitive to sensory stimuli

You are easily overwhelmed by strong sensory stimuli and probably identify as a highly sensitive person (HSP). Loud noises, certain smells, and being in big crowds, certain noises, and other sensory input can be tough to manage.

You also have a strong reaction to pain and are easily irritated or stressed by small things that others don't notice, like clutter or the sound of chewing gum. You may find yourself becoming fearful, anxious, or depressed because sensory input is always overwhelming for you.

5. You experience sleep problems and daytime fatigue

You don't sleep well and feel tired during the day. You may find yourself yawning, feeling sleepy or groggy during the day, and having difficulty concentrating.

Nervous system dysregulation can disrupt the sleep cycle. This is because your nervous system has a hard time relaxing during sleep.

You may also experience problems regulating your temperature and heart rate, making it difficult to fall asleep at night. You might have a constantly elevated heart rate or feel too hot or cold despite the room's temperature. And you could be tossing and turning all night long because of these issues with regulating your body's systems.

6. Chronic attention and concentration problems

You have trouble focusing on tasks or conversations. When the nervous system is on high alert, it's hard to concentrate because your nervous system is always on the lookout for danger.

Even if you're not in a dangerous situation, your body stays alert, making it hard to concentrate or focus on long-term goals.

7. Cravings and extreme appetite changes

Your appetite might go up and down. You could be hungry all the time, or you might feel like you can't eat enough. This is because your body's stress hormones are in a constant state of flux, and that can cause changes to your appetite.

If you have trouble controlling what you eat, this could be a sign that something is not right with the way your nervous system regulates its metabolism.

Discovering Nervous System Regulation for Yourself

The nervous system regulates everything from your mood to how you feel and think. If it's dysregulated, that can cause several bodily symptoms, some of which we've discussed in this post.

Healing your nervous system can take time, but it's worth the effort. The health of your nervous system can affect your quality of life on a day-to-day basis, and the earlier you begin to heal, the better.

If you're interested in: 

  • Ending the negative impact that empathy has on your mental and physical health
  • Becoming more than just an empath, but a person who can create a sense of clarity and calm in your relationships
  • The first step is to discover your current state of nervous system dysregulation. 

Take the first step by taking our free Nervous System Review:

7 Bodily Signs of Nervous System Dysregulation

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About the Author

Dr. Linnea Passaler

Dr. Linnea Passaler

Dr. Linnea and the HYNS team help highly-driven, highly-sensitive women heal from anxiety, stress, and emotional reactivity without drastic life changes or hours of meditation and talk therapy by harnessing the power of the Nervous System.