One of the leading factors that impact sleep and quality of sleep is a hormone known as cortisol. Cortisol is released upon the activation of the HPA axis (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis) which is our stress response system.
In a healthy individual, cortisol levels rise naturally upon waking, CAR (cortisol awakening response), and declines throughout the day dropping to the lowest point around midnight when deep sleep takes place.
If an individual faces an excessive stress response too frequently, cortisol levels can stay elevated for longer periods of time which will hinder a healthy sleep cycle. Constant activation of the HPA axis can lead to dysfunction of cortisol production causing fragmented sleep, shortened sleep time, insomnia, and depression. In turn, sleep deprivation alone will also increase cortisol and it becomes a double-edged perpetual cycle.
A compromised immune system, chronic inflammation, and weight gain are also side effects of elevated cortisol and sleep deprivation over time.
The key is to control and reduce the excessive stress response in the individual. Stress Defy works to alleviate anxiety, reduce perceived stress, and promote a sense of calm and well-being. By supporting healthy HPA axis activity, cortisol levels are stabilized and sleep quality improves. Cortisol is not to fear, our bodies need this hormone for several important functions. However, when cortisol becomes unnecessarily high for extended periods of time, that’s when cortisol becomes a detriment to one’s overall health.
Stress Defy keeps these internal stress responses under control despite the several potential stressors an individual may face each day. Adequate sleep is crucial for one’s health. By supplementing with the right blend of ingredients, it is possible to feel well rested and restored each day.