Hormone Replacement Therapy and Insomnia in WomenMenopause & Insomnia
The Insomnia & Menopause Link
Are you a not-so-sleeping beauty? Insomnia and hormone imbalance can be both a cause and an effect. In other words, hormone imbalance resulting from perimenopause, menopause, or adrenal can cause sleeplessness, which then worsens the hormone imbalance.
During the course of perimenopause through menopause, a woman’s ovaries gradually decrease production of estrogen and progesterone, a sleep-promoting hormone. This hormonal shift can be an unsettling process and can contribute to problems falling asleep. Additionally, lower levels of estrogen may make you more susceptible to environmental and other factors that disrupt sleep.
Insomnia Is Harmful To Your Health
Insomnia is one of the most debilitating symptoms of menopause for many of women. Insomnia in women causes hormone imbalance and worsens the symptoms of menopause because the body needs sleep for the body’s hormones to do their job properly. Good sleep is essential for repair and rejuvenation. Not only does chronic insomnia make other menopausal, and perimenopausal symptoms unbearable, it can have dangerous health implications, including hypertension, heart disease, depression, impaired immune function, and even an increased risk for alcoholism.
Managing Your Insomnia
Balanced hormones, achieved through bioidentical hormone therapy, provide relief from sleeplessness, as well as other symptoms. Once a Fit MD professional has tested your hormone levels, a customized hormone program will be designed specifically for you. If your estrogen or testosterone levels are low, this natural hormone therapy will bring your levels back within a normal range.
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Good Sleep Tips
✓ Exercise Regularly (but not 2-3 hours before bedtime)
✓ Do not go to bed until you are sleepy
✓ Remember some medications for colds, allergies, high blood pressure, pain, asthma, heart disease, and depression can cause sleep issues
✓ Take a warm bath or shower before bedtime
✓ Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine
✓ Keep your bedroom dark and cool, use it only for sleep and sex, and stick to a regular sleep schedule
✓ Use relaxation techniques such as meditation, visualizing, and deep breathing to reduce stress