Tag: cortisol

No Joke: Humor Boosts Memory

Memory loss is no laughing matter, but a new study shows that when it comes to improving short- and long-term memory, humor indeed may be the best medicine.

The connection between laughter and memory is the stress hormone cortisol. Levels spike during periods of stress and tension as part of our

Managing “Sundowning”

Sundowning is a common condition, or syndrome, among people with dementia, and is associated with some adverse outcomes, such as institutionalization, faster cognitive worsening, and greater caregiver burden, according to a study published in Frontiers in Medicine online Dec. 27, 2016. It is characterized by the worsening or emergence of

What Is Adrenal Fatigue? Symptoms to Watch For

What Is Adrenal Fatigue? Symptoms to Watch For

Are you besieged by fatigue plus one or more nagging other problems, such as insomnia, weight gain, or depression? If so, you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue.
Specific lab tests are available to confirm an adrenal dysfunction problem, but just knowing the typical adrenal fatigue symptoms is often quite

How to Deal with Stress

How to Deal with Stress

“Stress” is a term used to describe how your body reacts to changing, often unpredictable, conditions. Stress-provoking situations may involve anything from caring for an aging parent to dealing with a chronic illness, or from being stuck in heavy traffic to facing a snarling dog. Chronic, prolonged stress can be

Can’t Sleep? Here’s How  to Beat Insomnia

Can’t Sleep? Here’s How to Beat Insomnia

Insomnia is now at epidemic levels. Up to half of Americans suffer from at least one of the four cardinal insomnia symptoms:

Difficulty falling asleep
Inability to stay asleep
Waking up in the early morning
Experiencing nonrestorative sleep

Almost a quarter of the U.S. population meets the strict diagnostic criteria for insomnia disorder, in which

Is It Stress—or an Anxiety Disorder?

Is It Stress—or an Anxiety Disorder?

Sweaty palms, fast heartbeat, a pit in your stomach…. we’ve all been there. Feeling anxious is a normal response to the many stressful situations in life. But some people tend toward these physical reactions and catastrophic thinking more frequently than others, making negativity their go-to emotional reaction to any challenging

Causes of Depression: 7 Major Factors

Causes of Depression: 7 Major Factors

If you become ill, usually you can pinpoint a reason. A stiff, swollen joint, for example, might be due to injury or to a chronic disease like arthritis, while an upset stomach might be due to food poisoning. The causes of depression are harder to pin down. And unfortunately, they

Better Diet and Sleep Might Help Protect Your Brain

Poor sleep quality and diet may contribute to the early accumulation of the plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new review. Part of the reason may involve cortisol, a hormone manufactured by the body that plays a role in regulating many core functions, including sleep. Cortisol levels naturally

How to Improve Energy Level: 7 Strategies for the Overtired

How to Improve Energy Level: 7 Strategies for the Overtired

You’re feeling spent, listless, and/or exhausted after work almost every day—and even the next morning. You can’t seem to break out of the pattern of getting through the day and collapsing into bed at night. You want some zip back in your step… but how? To improve energy levels throughout

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