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  • Writer's pictureMartha Lewis

Nail Your Cortisol to Sleep Tight

Goldilocks likes it just right. Not too hot. Not too cold. Not too big. Not too small. Just right.

It’s the same with cortisol levels in your body. You want to be in homeostasis, or balance. You want to be just right. If you imagine a bell curve, homeostasis sits on the left side of the curve, in the middle of the slope.

When a stressful event happens you move up to the top of the bell curve and into the acute phase. The stressor could be mental or physical. You could be stressed from being chased by a bear or frantic about a deadline or your blood sugar drops too low. Either way, your body releases cortisol to deal with the stressor.

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