An estimated sixty million American’s suffer from some degree of insomnia, whether it be waking early, or the inability to get to sleep and stay asleep.

With a statistic like this, it’s surprising that many are still unaware of the connections between hormones and sleep. In fact several hormones are key to the alee-waker cycle, and an imbalance of the levels can ruin slumber night after sleepless night.

Trying to solve the insomnia puzzle without taking hormone levels into account is like expecting to get a good nights sleep with all of the lights on.

Cortisol is the hormone released in response to stress,and chronically elevated cortisol levels are known to impart our body’s ability to sleep.

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In addition to stress, the gradual decline in production of the sleep hormone melatonin as we age triggers imbalances directly related to difficulty in sleeping.

This natural decline in melatonin likely contributes to our increasing reliance on sleeping pills.

In a perfect world the master stress hormone, cortisol, should be in-synch with the master sleep hormone melatonin. Each hormone counterbalances the other in a precise rhythm that flows like this: when cortisol is high melatonin should be low, and when melatonin is high cortisol should be low. If this balance is upset, we find it difficult to sleep.

We have a simple Sleep Balance Profile take home test kit that measures your levels go melatonin and cortisol throughout the day and night. This could be your solution to better sleep.