Sleep Disorders and Adrenal Hormones

The adrenal glands release cortisol as a response to stress--in effect prolonging the body's "fight or flight "response. Cortisol is released by the body in a natural rhythm with the sleep-wake cycle. Levels increase and peak in the early morning hours as part of body's physiological response to awakening.

Over secretion or a disrupted secretion pattern of cortisol can drastically interfere with sleep patterns. That's because rapid eye movement (REM) sleep occurs primarily when cortisol levels are decreasing, with diminished or absent adrenal secretion. Wakefulness and Stage 1 sleep--or slow wave sleep (SWS)--is associated with increased plasma cortisol concentrations. In controlled experiments, cortisol infusion moderately increases the percentage of SWS and significantly decreases REM sleep.1,2 Thus cortisol imbalances can result not only in insomnia, but in the tendency to wake often during the night, and to feel "un refreshed" even after getting a full night's sleep.

Another hormone produced by the adrenals, DHEA, serves to balance some of the effects of cortisol. For example, studies show that DHEA can significantly increase REM (rapid eye movement) time during sleep.3

That's why the Adrenal Stress Profile measures levels of both cortisol and DHEA, to gauge their separate and combined effect on sleep disorders and other health conditions.

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1 Born J, et al. Night-time plasma cortisol secretion is associated with specific sleep stages. Bio Psychiat 1986;21:1415-1424.
2 Born J, et al. Gluco- and antimineralocorticoid effects on human sleep: a role of central corticosteroid receptors. Amer J Physiol 1991;260(2 Pt 1):E183-E188.
3 Freiss E, Trachsel L, Guldner J, Schier T, Steiger A, Holbsboer F. DHEA administration increases rapid eye movement sleep and EEG power in the sigma frequency range. Am J Physiol 1995;268(31):E107-E113.

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