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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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