If you find yourself unable to sleep through the night and/or you’re dealing with a lot of stress in your day-to-day life, it might be time to have your sleep and stress examined with a sleep and stress panel. Understanding your stress level and whether your brain is producing the chemicals that help you sleep can go a long way in helping you determine if there is an underlying issue or if you just need better stress management tools.
What does a sleep and stress panel do?
A sleep and stress panel is a test that can be performed at home to measure specific hormone levels in the body that are related to how much sleep we get and how much stress we are under. Abnormalities in these levels can be responsible for sleep disruptions and high-stress levels, signaling that a more serious issue may be present.
The three hormones typically tested are cortisol and cortisone for stress and melatonin, the hormone that helps us go to sleep.
How does the sleep and stress panel work?
The panel itself is fairly simple. It is shipped to you in the privacy of your home and works by collecting a few samples of your saliva. These samples are then sent off to a lab, the results evaluated, interpreted, and then sent back to you.