Why are you so sleepy? Several ways cortisol may be dragging you down.
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Why are you so sleepy? Several ways cortisol may be dragging you down.

If you're under constant stress, it can derail your body's most important functions. It can also lead to a number of health problems including:

headaches

weight gain

heart disease

insomnia

anxiety and depression

problems with digestion

memory and concentration problems

 

Cortisol is your body's main stress hormone.

It works with the parts of your brain that control your mood, motivation and fear.

Your adrenal glands (the triangle shaped organs at the top of your kidneys) make cortisol.

Cortisol manages how your body uses carbs, fats, and proteins.

 

How does it work?

Your hypothalamus and pituitary gland (both located in your brain) can sense if your blood contains the right level of cortisol. If the level is too low, your brain adjusts the amount of hormones it makes. Your adrenal glands pick up on these signals. Next, they fine tune the amount of cortisol they release.

 

Benefits well balanced cortisol levels:

1.) Keeps inflammation down

2.) Regulates your blood pressure

3.) Controls your sleep/wake cycle

4.) Boosts energy so you can handle stress, then restores balance

5.) Increases focus and concentration