Both sexes make cortisol in response to a “potentially life threatening” situation.

It also plays a role in fighting infections – augmenting our immune system. As well as being responsible for our 24 hour body clock.

So you can see if we are stressed long term, or suffering with a long term virus or infection that our sleep will be disrupted.

Interestingly, regardless of whether our life is under a genuine life threatening situation (EG: bacterial or viral attack, someone standing over us with an axe) we can still generate a stress response through our thoughts.

This is the harm that modern day stressing can cause.

I find many have high cortisol and the focus is on realising that harm they are putting their body through and learning new skills for coping with perceived stress.


High Cortisol may be associated with:

Belly Fat

Irritability or an in ability to relax

Not being able to lose weight

Sleep issues

Waking with headaches

Feeling exhausted or wanting an afternoon nap

Issues switching off

High Blood pressure

High Blood sugar levels


Low Cortisol may be associated with:



Sleep issues

Tiredness on waking

Recurrent coughs and colds

Body aches, fibromyalgias,

Chronic fatigue


Find out what your base levels are with this test.