Throughout the night cortisol levels rise in response to increased stress from darkness and dwindling food (glycogen) stored in the liverCortisol levels pick up upon waking and fall sharply thereafter.
Due to prolonged periods of darkness, in the winter cortisol levels rise slightly. Cortisol is suppressive in nature. It suppresses many healthy functions including mood. Therefore, higher cortisol levels are associated with heightened feelings of stress, depression and anxiety. In fact, cortisol levels are more predictive of mood than levels of serotonin hormone (the supposed “happy” hormone).
Elevated levels of cortisol also suppress immunity (one of the reasons we experience more colds and flu in the fall and winter), as well as other functions, including digestion, repair and regeneration of cells and more.
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Written by Dr. Elie Klein (Naturopathic Doctor)