Cortisol secretion is inhibited during sleep in normal man.

@article{Weitzman1983CortisolSI,
  title={Cortisol secretion is inhibited during sleep in normal man.},
  author={Elliot D. Weitzman and John F Zimmerman and Charles A. Czeisler and Joseph M. Ronda},
  journal={The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism},
  year={1983},
  volume={56 2},
  pages={352-8}
}
In order to test the hypothesis that cortisol secretion is inhibited during sleep, six healthy young men (ages 18-24) were studied in a 4-day protocol. A baseline nocturnal sleep period was followed by one night's total sleep deprivation, then sleep at 180 degrees phase shift, and then return to a normal nocturnal sleep episode (SP-3). Plasma cortisol concentrations were measured every 20 min (obtained by an indwelling venous catheter), rectal temperature was measured every minute, and sleep… CONTINUE READING

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