About the test
Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep?
Sleep allows your body to rest and repair itself, contributing to overall health and wellness. Quality sleep can help restore energy levels, improve mood, enhance alertness, and support cognitive and physical performance. In addition, sleep can contribute to regulating hormones, strengthening the immune system, and reducing stress.
This at-home lab test measures two hormones that can affect sleep quality: cortisol and melatonin. When balanced, melatonin and cortisol levels fluctuate throughout the day. Cortisol peaks in the morning and lowers at night. Conversely, melatonin rises in the late evening, peaking in the early morning. This test measures your cortisol and melatonin levels four times throughout the day for a possible understanding of why you aren’t getting the sleep you need.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands and released in response to stressors like illness and exercise. While it’s often referred to as the “stress hormone,” cortisol also has many other bodily roles, including blood sugar and energy metabolism regulation. In most people, cortisol levels are highest in the morning and lowest in the middle of the night. Elevated cortisol later in the day and near bedtime can contribute to insomnia or other sleep issues.
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain. It is commonly regarded as the “sleep hormone” because of its role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, also known as the circadian rhythm. Melatonin production increases when it’s dark and decreases in light.
Experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, anxiousness, or depression?
If you’re having trouble sleeping or managing your stress, it could be affecting you physically. By identifying abnormalities in your sleep and stress hormones, you can work to reduce your stress and improve your sleep.
- Fatigue or feeling tired
- Weight changes
- Sleep disturbances
- Irregular periods
- Low libido