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Cortisol Patterns

Did you know the stress hormone cortisol follows a 24-hour rhythm?




 

 

The pattern helps you feel alert in the morning and calm at night, like this: 

 

☀️Cortisol peaks within 30 minutes of waking to kickstart the body for the day.

⛅ Levels decline throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

🌙 Cortisol is lowest at midnight to allow for restful sleep.





 

But if stress or lifestyle disrupt this natural rhythm…

 

⬆️ Cortisol can be persistently high, making you anxious or sleepless.

 

⬇️ Cortisol can be persistently low, making you fatigued and moody.

 

🔃 Cortisol can be flipped, making you feel tired in the morning and wired at night.





 

Cortisol is a “stress hormone,” but it also influences metabolism, weight, inflammation, blood pressure, brain function, mood, and SO. MUCH. MORE.

 

I think it’s worth paying attention to cortisol and doing everything we can to get it back to balance.

 

Contact us to see how functional cortisol testing could benefit you!

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