Women's Wellness Blog May 25, 2020

Cortisol peaks at night; How stressful times can result in difficulties maintaining sleep

🌸 Wide-awake in the middle of the night, and can’t figure out why? Continue reading.⁠

If you’re having trouble maintaining your sleep, it can no-doubt be frustrating.⁠

It can become even more frustrating, when you’ve tried the typical sleep supplements like magnesium, melatonin, with no avail.⁠

Adding to this, a number of us are under a great deal of varying stress right now. Routines are a mess.⁠

If you’re having issues maintaining your sleep, and find your stress levels are higher than usual, here are some things to consider;⁠

Your cortisol levels might be peaking inappropriately.⁠

When we test our patient’s cortisol levels through multiple salivary samples throughout the day, the ideal situation we’re looking for is seeing that cortisol peak at its highest point first thing in the morning, followed by that slow decline until bedtime.⁠

Cortisol pairs nicely with melatonin, our sleep-inducing hormone. When we’ve been through periods of chronic stress, sometimes we see this cortisol peak at an inappropriate time, like 2-3am, which has you wide awake for hours.⁠

In such case, we need to re-program your sleep-wake cycle. You’ll probably notice that a few of the typical sleep agents – natural or pharmaceutical – don’t work as well as they should be in this case.⁠

If cortisol is the issue, we need to treat that. We need to make sure that what we’re taking, is working to address the problem. ⁠

Message me if you’re wanting to learn more about cortisol testing.

Yours in health,

Dr. Alison Gottschalk, ND

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