The Sleep and Stress test measures your levels of the hormones that are associated with stress and sleep. Quality sleep is essential if you want to function at your best. This test is not suitable for diagnosing sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea. If you suspect that you suffer from a sleep disorder, it is important to seek medical advice.
Clinical Details: For Individuals ages 18+
Collection Method: Finger Prick Blood
Is this test for me?
Anxiety and stress can cause insomnia; likewise, poor sleep patterns can impair the body’s ability to cope with stress. If you are caught in this vicious cycle, you already know how it negatively impacts your life and wellbeing.
By measuring your levels of the hormones that are associated with stress and sleep, including serotonin, cortisol and melatonin, you will have a clearer understanding of what may be causing your symptoms.
Choose this test if you are experiencing poor sleep, resulting in the following symptoms:
- Slowed thinking
- Reduced attention span
- Worsened memory
- Poor or risky decision-making
- Lack of energy
- Mood changes
Produced by the pineal gland at night, Melatonin is a hormone that controls our sleep-wake cycles. Due to the correlation between melatonin levels and sleep quality, the hormone serves as an effective biomarker in testing for sleep-related disorders.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland. While the body uses DHEA as a precursor for other hormones, it also functions to counteract cortisol. This reduces the effects of stress, thus improving sleep quality.
Released by the adrenal glands, cortisol helps to maintain the sleep-wake cycle. Our cortisol levels spike upon waking and decrease gradually until it's time to sleep. Excessive stress leads to elevated cortisol levels at night, and this can cause insomnia.
Serotonin is the hormone involved in maintaining mood, digestion and sleep. While serotonin can be associated with wakefulness, it also functions as a precursor to melatonin. Therefore, it is important to check serotonin when assessing sleep deprivation.
Produced by the thyroid gland, rT3 (Reverse Triiodothyronine) is a variation of the hormone T3. An imbalance of this hormone is an indication of problems with the thyroid; which can cause sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea