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High Cortisol At Night

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 29, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Hi Guys,

Does anyone have any good remedies for high Cortisol on a night.

Its normally on days after I lift and really stops me from sleeping, this then spirals out of control and turns into a daily thing. I'm sure this is the reason I'm carrying that last few pounds round the abs.

I've don't the usual, sleep, ZMA, no caffeine, de-load etc....All help, but not enough!

Any Chinese meds people have used, or other drug concoctions?

I'm 5' 6", 144lb, 14% bf at my last test. All my caliper readings went down, apart from my abs :(

Thought I'd ask on here before I pay ??80 for a cortisol test

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on July 02, 2012
at 02:54 PM

also install f.lux http://stereopsis.com/flux/

6690459d4e256da82d910376ac6c34fc

(323)

on July 02, 2012
at 11:39 AM

Tried, Yoga, Meditation and reading. The only fix is waiting up until the cortisol has left my system, then I start to feel relaxed.

6690459d4e256da82d910376ac6c34fc

(323)

on July 02, 2012
at 11:37 AM

I'll try some blue-blocking sunglasses, try not to be on the laptop but the phone is a different animal with Twitter and WhatsApp.....

6690459d4e256da82d910376ac6c34fc

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on July 02, 2012
at 11:36 AM

Thanks, I'll give the GABA a go. I've tried low and high carb. But as soon as I train to hard for a few weeks my cortisol fly's through the roof. As for the liver....Alcohol's good for that right!?! :)

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on June 29, 2012
at 05:47 PM

+1 for GABA. Truly saves my life when I am under a lot of stress. Sometimes it can't be avoided, just dealt with. GABA helps me sleep and I have the coolest dreams ever! Don't take more than 1/2 tsp at a time, or you will get some tingles. NOW Foods has pure GABA powder. The stuff with B6 kept me awake if I tried to take it before bed.

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on June 29, 2012
at 11:10 AM

Chinese medicine would probably say that you have "heart fire" which originates from a congested liver, which originates basically from stress, so it's the same as western medicine, just said differently.

Some carbs, resting, taking it easy, trying to be aware of your emotions etc. A HPA dysfunction can be easy to treat if you can get you parasympathetic nervous system to take over; it is easiest done with carbs, and something like spike mats, or massage.

GABA might help too.

If you are LC, it's time to stop if you have gotten a HPA problem from it already.

60af23519906aa54b742ffc17477c3d3

(1186)

on June 29, 2012
at 05:47 PM

+1 for GABA. Truly saves my life when I am under a lot of stress. Sometimes it can't be avoided, just dealt with. GABA helps me sleep and I have the coolest dreams ever! Don't take more than 1/2 tsp at a time, or you will get some tingles. NOW Foods has pure GABA powder. The stuff with B6 kept me awake if I tried to take it before bed.

6690459d4e256da82d910376ac6c34fc

(323)

on July 02, 2012
at 11:36 AM

Thanks, I'll give the GABA a go. I've tried low and high carb. But as soon as I train to hard for a few weeks my cortisol fly's through the roof. As for the liver....Alcohol's good for that right!?! :)

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on June 29, 2012
at 05:19 PM

did you try meditation?

6690459d4e256da82d910376ac6c34fc

(323)

on July 02, 2012
at 11:39 AM

Tried, Yoga, Meditation and reading. The only fix is waiting up until the cortisol has left my system, then I start to feel relaxed.

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43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on June 29, 2012
at 05:14 PM

I have read on the message boards that Dr. Jack Kruse's Leptin RX that includes eating low carb and having 50-70g of protein in the morning transformed their cortisol levels. I have not done it, so can't tell you from my experience. I have not heard any bad things about people who start on his Leptin RX and follow through on it for the reccomended period of time. But it is safe to say that Dr. Kruse is controversial. However I don't see much in his Leptin prescription that would do harm in trying it out for 6-8 weeks.

I get sleepy by using blue blocking orange sunglasses at night. Within 40 minutes of putting them on I am ready for bed at 11, but without I would be a night owl til 3am. Also try blackout shades and sleeping masks an hour before sleep. This is another product that Dr. Kruse recommends and it worked for me.

The (blue) light from the LEDs, computers and TV's, according to several docs tells your paleolithic brain it is day time and you should be alert and go hunt.

The American Medical Association recently posted a position paper that light at night is a serious concern

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on July 02, 2012
at 02:54 PM

also install f.lux http://stereopsis.com/flux/

6690459d4e256da82d910376ac6c34fc

(323)

on July 02, 2012
at 11:37 AM

I'll try some blue-blocking sunglasses, try not to be on the laptop but the phone is a different animal with Twitter and WhatsApp.....

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