WHAT IS A SLEEP BALANCE TAKE HOME HORMONE KIT?
The Sleep Balance Take Home Hormone Kit includes:
- A dried urine test to measure Melatonin levels ( Melatonin (MT6s x 4))
- A dried urine test to measure Cortisol levels (Free Cortisol (C x 4))
HOW MUCH DOES A SLEEP BALANCE TAKE HOME HORMONE KIT?
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IS FASTING REQUIRED FOR A SLEEP BALANCE TAKE HOME HORMONE KIT?
No, fasting is not required prior to sample collection for the Sleep Balance Take Home Hormone Kit.
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that is vital to the body’s ability to regulate the sleep/wake cycle. Melatonin levels rise in the evening as daylight diminishes in preparation for sleeping and peak in the early morning hours, just before dawn. Melatonin levels drop after awakening. A disruption in the sleep/cycle may be caused by low levels of melatonin during the nighttime hours leading to wakefulness during the night. Melatonin has also been found to be useful in preventing oxidative stress and protecting against diseases related to premature aging, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Cortisol is often called the “stress” hormone because levels in the blood rise during times of extreme or excessive stress. However, cortisol is critical for normal, everyday bodily functions. Cortisol levels rise 30 minutes to one hour after awakening to get you going in the morning, and drop gradually to lowest levels at night to calm and enable sleep. It also increases during exercise so that you can keep going and reap the benefits of exercise. However, excess stress can cause cortisol levels to be too high causing wakefulness. This often leads to turning on the lights to read or occupy yourself which in turn lowers melatonin levels. Not enough cortisol makes it difficult for the body to adapt to and handle stress, leading to exhaustion, lowered immunities and susceptibility to illness.
The proper balance of melatonin and cortisol are necessary for restful, regular sleep patterns and the ability to manage stress and for normal activities during the day.
WHY DO I NEED A SLEEP BALANCE TAKE HOME HORMONE KIT?
Are you worried that you’re not getting enough sleep? Do you suffer from insomnia?
If you are concerned that you’re not getting enough sleep this test can help to pinpoint some of the causes of disturbed sleep based on abnormal melatonin and/or cortisol levels. Disturbed sleep has been associated with metabolic syndrome leading to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Low nighttime melatonin levels are linked to insulin resistance and high insulin levels which contribute to type-2 diabetes.
Low melatonin may also contribute to obesity by disrupting appetite hormones which operate on the sleep wake cycle, while high cortisol levels contribute to insomnia, perpetuating and aggravating the pattern of sleep disturbance. Melatonin levels are believed to decrease as we age adding to the oxidative stress that contributes to disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.
IF I’M GETTING A SLEEP BALANCE TAKE HOME HORMONE KIT, ARE THERE ANY OTHER TESTS I SHOULD LOOK INTO?
Customers interested in the Sleep Balance Take Home Hormone Kit may also want to consider the Weight Management Take Home Hormone Kit or Complete Hormone test.
The Sleep Balance Take Home Hormone Kit is a simple urine test requiring urine collection on test strips at 4 times throughout the day that are representative of the peaks and troughs of melatonin and cortisol production.
Urine collection upon awakening measures the nighttime melatonin level, while the second collection about 2 hours later measures cortisol awakening response. The third collection in the evening should measure melatonin and cortisol when they should both be low and the last test just before bed measures the melatonin level as its rising for sleep and the lowest point of cortisol production of the day.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY RESULTS?
Test results generally take between 3 to 5 business days after your specimen is received at the laboratory.
The Sleep Balance Take Home Hormone Kit results can identify imbalances in melatonin and cortisol levels that can be causing sleep disturbances. These results can be used by you and your physician to develop treatments or lifestyle changes to improve the sleep/wake cycle for optimal health and wellness.