The hypothalamus may be the culprit when it comes to excessive levels of cortisol in the blood. It is responsible for starting the process that leads to the secretion of cortisol by the adrenal glands. The hypothalamus first manufactures corticotrophic-releasing hormone (CRH). The pituitary gland is then stimulated into releasing adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH). This hormone then makes the adrenal glands secret cortisol in the blood. When the endocrine system is functioning properly, the hypothalamus monitors the level of cortisol that is in the blood. When the level rises, the hypothalamus slows down its influence on the pituitary gland in production of CRH. When cortisol levels become reduced, the hypothalamus causes the pituitary gland to produce more CRH. In a person who is depressed, the hypothalamus may continuously influence the pituitary to produce CRH without regard to the amount of cortisol that is in the blood.
There are a number of different ways to address insomnia . The success of any specific treatment option depends on the degree to which it addresses the underlying factors that are impacting sleep. For example, if your insomnia is due to pain, you will probably find minimal relief in taking a supplement that treats insomnia due to anxiety. It is recommended that you work with your naturopathic doctor to understand exactly what treatments are suited for you. The treatments that have been found to be effective include calming teas, meditation, journaling, deep breathing , various supplements, botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture and many forms of body work.