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Stress and Sleep Profile

DIURNAL SALIVARY CORTISOL TEST

About the Stress and Sleep Profile

This profile analyses how you regulate sleep and stress throughout the day and gives us a good indication of when your body is likely to be suffering from fatigue. It does this by testing your saliva at three times in a day to determine patterns in your hormone production.   

The reason this test is important is that long term overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones can disrupt almost all of your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of further health challenges such as anxiety, depression, digestive challenges, heart conditions (heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke). Long term poor quality sleep can result in an increased risk of all of the above, and diabetes and obesity.

Simple Collection Process

Open Your Testing Kit

Open your kit, read through the instructions carefully and check you have everything you need.

Collect Your Samples

Following the instructions collect your saliva sample for each time window. You can put then in the fridge untill you are ready to send.

Results Ready

Your sample will be tested at our in-house laboratory and we will email you to make a results appointment.

DEPENDING ON THE COMPLEXITY OF THE TESTING PROFILES YOU HAVE REQUESTED, RESULTS CAN TAKE UP TO 3 WEEKS.

Cortisol

Cortisol is a hormone that is released by the adrenal glands predominantly at times of stress or danger. Too much cortisol can result in weight gain, easy bruising, flushed face and muscle weakness. 

Melatonin

Melatonin is a neurotransmitter that should be at its peak at night, and low levels can impact your sleep quality. It is also important in inflammation regulation, blood sugar, healing, mood and metabolism.

DHEA

DHEA is frequently referred to as the anti-aging hormone. Low levels can indicate auto-immune conditions, memory loss, mood problems and low energy. Conversely, high levels can indicate fatigue, weight gain, acne, irritability, stress and infertility.

  • 3 x saliva sample tubes with coloured samples
  • 1 x padded postage bag with return label attached (if you’re doing a urine collection test you will only get one bag)
  • Make sure you are well hydrated before collection. The scent of lemon or lime may help produce saliva.
  • If you are struggling to produce enough saliva to fill the tube, take a break and try again in a few minutes. You may take as long as you need to collect the sample, given that it falls within the two-hour timeframe.
  • To complete the testing at least half a tube of sample without mucus is required. If you send your samples with less than this, there is a chance you will need to do the collection again.
  • If you forget to collect your saliva at the set times, you will need to complete the collection the following day.
  • Sit in darkness for 30 minutes prior to collecting the last (10pm – midnight) saliva sample. Avoid lighting, mobile phones or televisions.

Adrenal Cortisol Test Results

Confused About Testing?

Get expert guidance! Book a free 15-min discovery call and our experienced practitioners will guide you through testing, which ones are right for your symptoms, and our personalised treatment plans to rebalance cortisol and regain energy. Take the first step to uncovering the cause of your fatigue, weight gain, and stress – no obligations attached.