While at rest, the body is able to grow and repair itself through the release of different hormones. Cortisol is one hormone critical to sustaining normal stress levels. By now you have likely realized how quality sleep is crucial to maintaining good health. But did you know sleep can also help manage stress levels?
The "Stress" Hormone
Cortisol is classified as a steroid hormone and is regulated as you sleep. Secreted from the adrenal glands, this hormone is released into your bloodstream during stressful events like when the body is dealing with infection, trauma, or having an emotional reaction. Cortisol is also released when the body is tired.
Fight or Flight
Stressful apneic events associated with OSA can affect the levels of cortisol secreted. This release is crucial in controlling salt and water balance in the body, and regulating carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. When using CPAP therapy, the adrenal hormone production can return to normal. This rise in cortisol is often referred as the “fight or flight“ response.
The Affects of Unbalanced Cortisol
Too Little Cortisol
An insufficient amount of cortisol disrupts the metabolism and adversely affects energy levels: ·Low blood pressure ·Headaches ·Unhealthy weight–loss
Too Much Cortisol
Extended exposure to high levels of cortisol may have negative side effects in the opposite direction: ·High blood pressure ·Anxiety ·Muscle Weakness
Treating Sleep Apnea with CPAP therapy helps maintain balanced levels of cortisol and can therefore contribute to a healthier lifestyle. If you have a friend or loved one who might have Sleep Apnea or is having a tough time with their CPAP therapy, share this webpage to remind them the importance of CPAP therapy.
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(1) "The Real Deal on Adrenal Fatigue" - Robbwolf.com 09 Apr. 2012 (source).
(2) "Hormonal Aspects of OSA" - British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (source).
(3) "What are the Effects of Low Cortisol Levels?" - eHow Health (source).
(4) "The Causes & Symptoms of Stress" - Cortisol.com (source).