I've been battling insomnia for quite a while, complete with being prescribed a cpap. My sleep doc is no help at all, only wanting to try different drugs, etc.
Since I still find myself utterly exhausted most days,I finally had a saliva test done through Accesa Labs, using the ZRT labs profile III test.
Moreover, I always awaken between 3 or 4am, so I ordered an additional cortisol test so I could see what my early morning levels were.
I read online that I should use the night time cortisol range for my early morning test results. Using that range as a guide, my cortisol, which was collected at 4:15am was 3.8, and the night time range is 0.4-1.0
It would seem that that is pretty high. However, I was wondering if it is perhaps normal for the cortisol level to be climbing at that time of the morning, since it reaches its peak at around 8am. The rest of the cortisol readings were all within normal ranges, taken at 8am, 12:45pm, 5:30pm, and 10:30pm.
My dheas levels were on the very low end for my age(54). My testosterone levels were also low, but within range.
All I know is that even if I only awaken once during the night, and fall back asleep, I still feel tired all day, sometimes literally exhausted. I was thinking that perhaps my cortisol was too high, thus causing a "light" sleep all night long.
Does anyone know if my 4am reading is in fact too high?