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Factors Affecting Cortisol Levels

Factors Affecting Cortisol Levels

This neurotransmitter is affected by Calm PRT and AdreCor

Cortisol is a hormone produced from the cortex or outer layer of the adrenal gland. It is classed as a glucocorticoid and it stimulates the liver while decreases the rate of glucose.

The factors that increase the rate of cortisol are:

  • §  too much caffeine
  • §  sleep deprivation
  • §  physical exercise
  • §  hypoestrogenism
  • §  burn out
  • §  anorexia nervosa
  • §  oral contraceptive pills


Now, for caffeine, if we take too much of it like from drinking too much coffee, we may experience sleep depression and sleep depression increases cortisol. How? Because one of the factors that can increases your level of cortisol is stress and lack of sleep causes stress.

Our levels of cortisol decreases naturally as we age. There are 2 ways to increase your cortisol naturally. First is the adrenal fatigue and sleep. For sleep, you just need to have enough sleep so that your body can produce the right amount of cortisol. For effective sleep, you need to be in a total dark room. Also, you need to sleep before 10:00 pm. According to Dr. Pauline Harding, a certified family and nutritionist, the time between 10:00pm and 2:00am is the time that our body heals and recovers so it is critical that we are already asleep by this time.

You also need to drink a lot water to keep the balance of your cortisol levels. Moreover, the other things you need to do are to exercise regularly and eat sensibly. These could greatly help increase your cortisol levels and balance your hormones. Remember to do it the right way. Too much or too little of anything can cause significant effects on your hormones.

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