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.
Sleep disorders resulting from menopause are related to fluctuating hormone levels. Estrogen and progesterone affect sleep differently.
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, hypervigilance and sleeplessness.
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 stay asleep more difficult.
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.
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