So the obvious solution to me is work on relaxing before bed and hopefully that would keep my cortisol lower through the night, but any advice/insight at all is welcome. This explains a problem I've been having:
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on July 13, 2013
at 02:00 PM
Your results actually look okay to me.
When exactly was your "morning" sample taken? If your cortisol is high at the moment you wake up, that's bad. But most healthy people have a big cortisol spike 15-45 minutes after waking. It doesn't mean that your cortisol was high all night.
A cortisol awakening response actually a sign that your stress hormone system is functioning properly. The key is that after this rapid rise, your cortisol level should rapidly drop back to about where it was when you woke up. When my lab does studies on diurnal cortisol rhythms, we get three morning samples: right when you wake up, 30 minutes after waking, and 90 minutes after waking.
Your results don't have that, but we can look at the noon measure. The "high level" curve shows someone who may have a problem: their cortisol goes up and takes a long time to go back down. The "low level" curve also shows someone who may be unhealthy: lack of a morning rise is associated with disorders where you "burn out" your normal arousal response, like depression and PTSD. Your cortisol level goes up in the morning and then down to a fairly low level. That might be completely healthy. The fact that it goes back down is much more important than the extent to which it goes up.
on June 29, 2013
at 03:03 AM
I had a similar pattern (cortisol spiking at night) and corrected it by taking phosphatidylserine with dinner. I'd say within a couple weeks I was able to fall asleep easier and through the night. A subsequent adrenal panel showed normal night cortisol without supplementation of phosphatidylserine.