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Neurologic effects of chronic elevated cortisol secretion include chronic activation of the sympathetic nervous system (flight-or-fight response) leading to hypertension and cardiovascular disease. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathetic nervous system have been utilized as objective markers of stress reactions.27 Previous research has established relationships between cortisol levels and sleep dysfunction, stress, pain, anxiety, depression, irritability, inflammation, circadian rhythms, the immune response, and various chronic diseases. These relationships are real; they have been the topic of literally

FIGURE 38.5 Cortisol levels before and after grounding. In unstressed individuals, the normal 24 h cortisol secretion profile follows a predictable pattern: lowest around midnight and highest around 8 a.m. Graph (a) illustrates the wide variation of patterns among study participants prior to grounding, while (b) shows a realignment and normalization trend of patterns after six weeks of sleeping grounded. (From Ghaly M, Teplitz D. J Alternat ComplMed 2004;10:767–76.) 15

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