The adrenal gland is responsible for the production of several hormones including cortisol. This hormone is often addressed as the stress hormone because it’s released whenever we’re under either emotional or physical stress.
It’s excreted to raise the heart rate, blood sugar, blood pressure, and breathing rate, which works in tandem to provide you with enough natural energy to handle any stressor coming at you. Sound great right? Yes! But, it remains only a good thing if it’s short term. In cases, where individuals are stressed chronically, they may experience high cortisol levels at all times and lead to severe health complications.
1Improve Your Sleep Quality
How long, deep and relaxing you sleep have an effect on the production of cortisol in the body. In a study, 28 shift workers were found to have an elevated level of cortisol, because they sleep in the day as opposed to night.
Over an extended time, depriving yourself of sleep leads to an increase in the level of cortisol in the body. People who work shifts experiences abnormal hormonal patterns leading to fatigue and some other high cortisol related problems. In fact, studies have shown that people struggling with insomnia have elevated cortisol levels for as high as 24 hours. Therefore, take time to have a deep and sound sleep at night and always go to bed early for long sleep experience.