Melatonin, Cortisol, and How To Optimize Sleep and Stress

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

When people first read about “sleep issues”, they immediately think about extreme cases like severe insomnia or sleep apnea.

But did you know that even minor issues – like waking up in the middle of the night, or getting low sleep quality (but still sleeping a full 7-8 hours) – can cause irritability, low energy, anxiety, and so much more?

The symptoms might be so subtle that you don’t even realize you have them until they go away. But after they’re gone, you’ll notice a world of difference in your day-to-day life.

There are two main contributors to low quality sleep:

  1. Melatonin levels throughout the day
  2. Stress, which results in increased cortisol levels.

Luckily, both of these can be measured and optimized, which is why we’ve created the Sleep and Stress Home Health Test to help you do just that!

Why Melatonin Levels Need To Be Measured Throughout The Day

The Sleep And Stress Home Health Test consists of 4 different saliva swabs to measure melatonin levels throughout the day, not just before you go to sleep. So why is that important?

Melatonin helps maintain the sleep-wake cycle of the body. During the night, you want melatonin levels to go up and you want them to decrease to optimal amounts during the day.Sleep cycleOnce you figure out what time of the day your levels are not optimal, you can find out what you need to do to optimize your sleep.

Cortisol Levels, Stress and the NGF Gene

You’ll also want to check your cortisol levels. Optimizing your cortisol levels usually comes with double the benefits: you’ll be improving your sleep and implementing changes that reduce your stress and anxiety.

Once you get your results, you can upload them for FREE onto Lab Test Analyzer and get recommendations that will help you decrease your cortisol levels and improve your sleep.

But if you want to get even more specific, the best thing you can do is look at your DNA.

If you took the home test, found out that you do have high cortisol levels and wanted to decrease your cortisol levels as quickly and efficiently as possible, the best approach would be to take a look at your genes and find out what recommendations work best for your body.

For example, if you carry the bad variant of the NGF gene – which increases your cortisol levels – then the best thing to implement into your diet would be certain probiotics that decrease the effects of NGF and in return decrease cortisol.

How The Home Health Test Can Change Your Life

Sleep and stress are two things that feed off each other. Bad sleep increases your stress, and increased stress reduces your sleep quality. It’s a vicious cycle that can be hard to break.

That’s why we created this extremely important Sleep and Stress Home Health Test, so that you can target both of the main contributors to your problems.

These are my sleep results after implementing some of my own recommendations.

Sleep and stress

The best part is, you now have the power to take full control of your health. With our new health test, you’ll be able to understand what’s really going on with your health:

  • No doctor’s visit required
  • Results you can actually understand – without a medical degree
  • Personalized plans to get your levels in the optimal range

Whether you want to optimize your sleep and stress levels, or have a different health problem, let us help you find the right health test today!



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  1. Add the health tests you want to your cart. 
  2. At checkout, check the box that says “make me a member”. 
  3. You’ll automatically receive a discount on your current (and any future) orders!

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen flipped the script on conventional and alternative medicine…and it worked. Growing up, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and other issues that were poorly understood in traditional healthcare. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a learning journey to decode his DNA and track his biomarkers in search of better health. Through this personalized approach, he discovered his genetic weaknesses and was able to optimize his health 10X better than he ever thought was possible. Based on his own health success, he went on to found SelfDecode, the world’s first direct-to-consumer DNA analyzer & precision health tool that utilizes AI-driven polygenic risk scoring to produce accurate insights and health recommendations. Today, SelfDecode has helped over 100,000 people understand how to get healthier using their DNA and labs.
Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, with a mission of empowering people to take advantage of the precision health revolution and uncover insights from their DNA and biomarkers so that we can all feel great all of the time.


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