Measure your Stress Levels from Home
Do you increasingly feel stressed? Then you’ve got that in common with at least 60 percent of people. Chronic stress not only makes you feel restless, uncomfortable, and less productive, it also raises your cortisol hormone levels, increasing blood sugar, and the risk of physical and mental illness.
Find out what your stress level is: With the cerascreen® Cortisol Test, you can determine the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol in the saliva, and the laboratory analysis will determine deviations in the cortisol level. This gives you an early warning sign of chronic stress and burnout syndrome so you can take active countermeasures.
- Take a sample at home – conveniently and discreetly – then send in for testing
- Analysis happens in the specialist laboratory
- Save time: no waiting time, no visit to the doctor
- Concrete recommendations for action
- Results within a few days after receipt of the sample
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Take A Saliva Sample
You can take a saliva sample a total of seven times at different times of the day using the straws and collecting tubes that come with the cortisol test.
You log into the my cerascreen ® app or your user account on our website or login again there. Here you activate the test and answer a few short questions so that we can give you personalized recommendations.
Send The Sample
You send the tube with the saliva sample to our laboratory free of charge in the return envelope by post.
Analysis in the Laboratory
Personal Results Report
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Why test cortisol levels?
More and more people are mentally overloaded. Constant availability, the pressure to succeed, increased demands at work, appointments, and leisure stress - you're probably very familiar with such pressures in your everyday life. If these demands result in chronic stress, your cortisol level is consistently too high and that can have consequences for your psyche and your body.
You can easily test yourself at home - without waiting. On average, people now wait three weeks for an appointment with a specialist and many postpone important examinations. With our self-tests you can keep an eye on your health: you can take a sample from the comfort of your own home, send it by post, and receive an analysis from a certified laboratory.
Optimize cortisol levels, lower stress levels. Once you know your cortisol levels, you can take your health into your own hands and take specific actions to reduce everyday stress. Learn relaxation techniques, improve your sleep habits, optimize your diet. etc. We will show you how it works.
Your Test Results
We will inform you by email as soon as your sample has been evaluated. You will receive your individual results report via the my cerascreen app or the secure online customer area in the user account on our website. View the report conveniently on your smartphone, tablet, or computer or simply print it out.
Find out the concentration of the hormone cortisol in your saliva at different times of the day in the laboratory analysis. You will receive easy-to-use, actionable recommendations that you can implement to improve cortisol levels and stress levels through your lifestyle. With our health information, you will learn how the stress hormone works in the body and why it can be harmful to health.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cortisol
Why should I test for cortisol?
Most Americans are suffering from moderate to high stress, with 44 percent reporting that their stress levels have increased over the past five years. (source: American Psychological Association)
You probably also know this: Today we have to be constantly available, juggling personal and social commitments, and facing growing challenges at work. Then there are countless appointments and even stress during the rare leisure moments. For many, this permanently upsets the level of the stress hormone cortisol.
Deviating cortisol levels can be an indication of chronic stress and burnout. But if you know about your cortisol level, you can take action yourself and adapt your lifestyle to compensate. For example, good sleep, regular exercise, relaxation techniques, and stress management programs often help. So, once you know your cortisol levels, you can take your health into your own hands and counteract the consequences of unhealthy cortisol fluctuations.
A lack or excess of cortisol can also be a sign of illness. If you discover and treat the illness at an early stage, it can have a positive effect on your wellbeing.
How does the cortisol test work?
With the help of a small straw that comes with the test kit, you can put some saliva in a collection tube (you will fill seven tubes in this way in the course of a day). Then you will send the seven samples in the return envelope to a specialist laboratory.
Note: You should take the test when you are healthy. Infections, like cold or flu, can falsify the results, as can alcohol consumption. Certain medications such as hydrocortisone and corticosteroids also affect the values.
What information is on the results report?
You will get an overview of how high your cortisol level was at different times of the day. With a normal course, the cortisol level is highest in the morning and then drops continuously until the evening. You can find out whether the measured values are too high or too low at certain times.
The report also provides typical daily cortisol curves for chronic stress, acute stress, and burnout syndrome. You can compare your values with these curves and thus receive an indication of whether you are suffering from too much stress.
What recommendations do I get?
In the results report, you will find a number of recommendations that will help you normalize your cortisol levels.
The recommendations for action include nutritional tips, dietary supplements, and relaxation techniques.
What is cortisol?
The vital hormone cortisol (also called hydrocortisone) is often referred to as the stress hormone. Our body makes it in the adrenal cortex.
The cortisol level fluctuates throughout the day. It is at its highest in the morning, then it gradually falls and reaches its lowest point around midnight.
What do I need cortisol for?
Cortisol is known to be released in stressful and dangerous situations, along with adrenaline. The stress hormones ensure that your body releases energy, makes you awake and alert, and suppresses the digestion and immune system. In this way, you are optimally prepared for a stressful "flight or flight" situation.
Cortisol also has other functions in the body:
- It regulates blood sugar and blood pressure
- It is the fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism involved
- It works by reducing inflammation - including those that other hormones like adrenaline cause during a stressful situation
What happens when there is a cortisol deficiency?
If there is not enough cortisol in the body, it is often related to a sick kidney. If you have underactive kidneys, your body does not produce enough cortisol. Also cortisol deficiency can lead to burnout.
The symptoms of cortisol deficiency include:
- weight loss, anorexia, and gastrointestinal problems
- dizziness, fatigue, and weakness
- depression, irritability, and decreased sexual desire
- hair loss
What are the causes of excess cortisol?
Your cortisol levels rise when you are under pressure. In early human history, this stress mechanism prepared our ancestors to run away from saber-toothed tigers and to pursue and kill prey on a hunt. Stress ensured our survival. Stressful situations were usually short-lived, after which the hunters and gatherers were able to recover.
Today the demands of the job, family, and appointments leave many people under constant stress. The body remains in a state of tension. The cortisol level is constantly too high.
In the stress study by the German health insurance company "Die Techniker", many people stated that they were not only at work, but also that they were constantly available, have leisure obligations, conflicts, and even road traffic as a source of stress.
What happens if there is too much cortisol?
When cortisol levels are too high throughout the day, doctors speak of cortisol excess. Constant stress is a common reason for this - a body that is always expecting danger and stress also constantly tries to prepare for it with stress hormones.
Other possible causes include pregnancy, being very overweight, depression, Cushing's disease, and alcoholism. Our cortisol levels also rise with age.
Symptoms of excess cortisol include:
- Bone pain and an increased risk of osteoporosis
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar levels and weight gain
Who is the test not suitable for?
The cortisol test may not be suitable for these specific groups of people:
- People with infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV cannot perform the cortisol test
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should only carry out the cortisol test under medical supervision. The reference values and recommendations do not apply to you either, so you should obtain recommendations on the test results from your doctor or therapist
- The cortisol test is not suitable for children under the age of 18
- The test is also not intended to diagnose diseases. If you have severe depression, extreme pain, or other concerning symptoms, contact a doctor.