Hypertension, High Blood Pressure and Caffeine
If you are feeling tired a natural ‘go to’ is a caffeinated drink. This will boost your cortisol levels. But what if you are already stressed? What if your blood pressure is already elevated? I have noticed that when I have a cup of coffee my blood pressure will rise and stay elevated for hours.
I was watching TV the other night and a surprising number of commercials were dedicated to performance enhancement, specifically drinks that would increase our energy. I had to wonder that if in our day of increased stress and anxiety if it was wise to encourage habits that mask symptoms of a deeper problem? Focusing on a better sleep and habits that improve our hormonal balance and function sounds like a better way to live life.
Caffeine increases cortisol and our alertness. Consider having a cup of coffee after lunch to reduce the afternoon slump.
Pay attention to your rhythm, are you an early bird, mid bird or night owl? Get your best work done at your most alert time.
The morning sun is an amazing stimulator of cortisol. Say hello! It got up just for you.
If you feel tired a lot, take the GASP Test for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This condition has a negative effect on our cortisol cycle.