Sleep Or Stress, Which Came First? Tips to Lowering Cortisol Levels for Better Sleep

Day is night, night is day! For most of us, we need a bit of a reason to get out of bed in the morning, whether it’s heading to a job, getting the kids ready for school, or to head to an early exercise class at the gym, or meet a friend for breakfast. Unfortunately with the “shelter in place” order still in place, and social distancing the norm many people are finding themselves sleeping in later and later, which equates to staying up to the wee hours of the morning with almost no end in sight. What role does this play on our mental health? Is there a correlation between irregular sleep and common sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea? And what can we do to lower cortisol levels so we can have a more “normal” sleep schedule? Today Tony talks about irregular sleep patterns and then dives deep into the role of cortisol, the stress hormone, and how it affects sleep, and common sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea, or perhaps how sleep affects the release of cortisol.

Tony reviews Dr. Michael Breus’ article from “The Connection Between Cortisol and Sleep Disorders.” Dr. Michael Breus’ ask “The Sleep Doctor” can be found at and he also references the website

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