Insomnia

Insomnia and Sleep Disorders: Common Symptoms of Menopause

Lack of sleep can result in loss of concentration, which can reduce your productivity at work and increase your risk for injury during everyday tasks such as driving. If you’re waking up at night or finding it difficult to fall and/or remain asleep, you might be suffering from a sleep disorder due to hormone imbalance.

Hormones That Cause Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders resulting from menopause are related to fluctuating hormone levels. Estrogen and progesterone affect sleep differently.

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 Effects of Estrogen
Decline on Sleep
Effects of Progesterone
Decline on Sleep
  • Slows the intake and secondary
    production of magnesium,
    which is a mineral that helps
    muscles relax.
  • Causes hot flashes and night
    sweats that interrupt sleep cycle.
  • Causes disturbed breathing
    during the night (aka sleep apnea)

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  • Progesterone has a sleep-inducing
    effect. When levels decline, the
    ability to fall asleep does as well.
  • Results in mood swings,
    depressed mood and/or anxiety,
    which can indirectly affect sleep.

 

Testosterone decline can also contribute to sleep disorders. Low testosterone levels can result in snoring and sleep apnea. Cortisol imbalance (high cortisol levels or adrenal fatigue) is another contributing factor in sleep disruption. Acute stress triggers a physiological reaction in your body known as the “fight-or-flight” response. During this response, the body releases excessive amounts of cortisol. The elevated cortisol levels normalize after the acute stress is removed. However, continuous exposure to stressful situations results in over-activation of the adrenal glands (e.g., chronic stress), which causes continuously high cortisol levels. Over time, your adrenal glands cannot keep up with high cortisol production and become fatigued and stop producing cortisol. Cortisol imbalance can cause fatigue, hyper vigilance and sleeplessness.

Sleeplessness Makes Hormone Imbalance Worse

Although insomnia is a symptom of menopause, it can also result in hormone imbalance or worsen the symptoms of hormone imbalance. This occurs because the body requires sleep for hormones to work properly. Untreated sleep disorders can lead to depression, fatigue and anxiety, which may make falling and staying asleep more difficult.

Your Solution: Treatment of Insomnia with Natural Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women

We all need eight hours of restful sleep each night.  A well rested body is at less risk for the development of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, illness due to immune system suppression and depression.

If you’re having trouble sleeping due to menopause, treatment with bioidentical hormones can help. At Genemedics Health Institute, our medical doctors have worked with thousands of women to develop highly personalized bioidentical hormone replacement programs to help them relieve symptoms of menopause, including insomnia. Not only will this increase your quality of life, it will dramatically reduce your risk of developing diseases. Genemedics Health Institute programs go beyond hormone replacement therapy to also include a personalized eating plan, supplementation recommendations, and even a comprehensive exercise and fitness regimen.