Too much cortisol
Stress, sleep, and weight management
What happens when I'm stressed?
Increased stress can lead to an increase in the HPA axis which can lead to an increase in cortisol output.3
What happens when I have elevated cortisol at bedtime?
Elevated cortisol at bedtime can cause a disturbance in your circadian rhythm which can interrupt sleep and is also associated with increased abdominal fat.4
How does elevated cortisol impact weight?
Enzyme 11β-HSD1 converts cortisone to cortisol and an upregulation of this enzyme increases cortisol levels and promotes fat accumulation.5