Sleep disorders may result from a range of problems besides stress. The most common cause though is the elevated Cortisol levels that result from your body’s response to stress. Elevated cortisol is a trigger for anxiety, rapid heart rate, indigestion, and/or the inability to calm down. This cortisol release may become a long-term pattern, requiring your intervention. Stress hormones rapidly lead to the release of Glutamate in the brain. Glutamate is the neurotransmitter associated with excitement and works in opposition to GABA, the calming neurotransmitter.
Melatonin is the neurohormone your body uses to give you the sleepy, drowsy feeling. Our present day lifestyle has messed with this mechanism, with some people more affected than others.
A comprehensive laboratory test of your saliva cortisol levels checked at four times over the day may be done via NutriPath Laboratory. Saliva Cortisol testing provides for more targeted treatment and monitoring. Melatonin levels are also screened via saliva testing.
In some instances, insomnia has no link with stress or cortisol!
Screening tests are available for possible:
- High thyroid
- Low iron levels
- Hormonal imbalances (impact on Melatonin)
- Irregular blood sugar levels
- Copper to zinc ratio imbalance (closely linked to insomnia)
- Low melatonin level