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!