DTZ: At ZRT Laboratory a normal morning saliva hormone level for cortisol for a perimenopausal woman is 3 to 8 ng/mL, and by 10 at night it’s to ng/mL, which is a big drop. Very early in the morning when you’re in a deep sleep it goes even lower, so if you’re not sleeping properly and resting, your cortisol rhythms will be thrown out of balance. This is where progesterone plays an important role because it’s the only natural hormone that actually competes with cortisol for the glucocorticoid receptors. It can counter the stimulating effects of cortisol at night when you need to be sleeping.
When activated macrophages start to secrete IL-1, which synergistically with CRH increases ACTH,  T-cells also secrete glucosteroid response modifying factor (GRMF), as well as IL-1; both increase the amount of cortisol required to inhibit almost all the immune cells.  Immune cells then assume their own regulation, but at a higher cortisol setpoint. The increase in cortisol in diarrheic calves is minimal over healthy calves, however, and falls over time.  The cells do not lose all their fight-or-flight override because of interleukin-1's synergism with CRH. Cortisol even has a negative feedback effect on interleukin-1  —especially useful to treat diseases that force the hypothalamus to secrete too much CRH, such as those caused by endotoxic bacteria. The suppressor immune cells are not affected by GRMF,  so the immune cells' effective setpoint may be even higher than the setpoint for physiological processes. GRMF affects primarily the liver (rather than the kidneys) for some physiological processes. 
Sometimes tumors on the pituitary or adrenal glands can contribute to a condition known as Cushing syndrome , which is characterized by high levels of cortisol in the blood. Individuals with Cushing syndrome will experience rapid weight gain in the face, abdomen, and chest. Often doctors will notice this because of the individual's slender arms and legs compared to the heavy weight in the core of the body. Cushing syndrome also causes a flushed face, high blood pressure, and changes in the skin. Osteoporosis and mood swings are also a factor considered with Cushing disease.