During sleep, the body rejuvenates and repairs its cells. A lack of sleep results in more than fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Over the long term, too little sleep can increase the incidence of high blood pressure, cardiovascular and kidney disease, cancer, and other disorders. On a daily basis, too little sleep can impair job performance and basic safety.
Hormones, especially estrogen, play an important role in sleep, and the levels of these crucial hormones drop precipitously for women in menopause. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help you get back to getting a good night’s sleep, which improves so many other areas of your life.
Women going through menopause may suffer from a variety of related issues, including hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, and, insomnia. Lack of sleep exacerbates the effects of menopause on many women because their bodies are not getting the rest they require for a proper hormonal response.
Even if the other, classic symptoms of menopause do not or rarely affect a woman, she may still experience difficulty falling and staying asleep. The hormonal changes causing insomnia may start earlier, during the perimenopausal period, which may start in their late 30s for some women.
While an occasional over-the-counter sleeping medication may help a patient on a temporary basis, these products are not meant for long-term use. Even if such a drug does help a patient fall asleep, she may feel groggy or have a sleep “hangover” for much of the following day.
Prescription medications have some serious side effects, including nausea, heartburn, headache, confusion, and nightmares. Dependence or addiction to prescription sleeping medications occurs all too often.
Bioidentical hormones allow patients to sleep naturally without the risk of these serious side effects. Sleep can be markedly improved by the correct use of the hormone melatonin.
Many women avoid hormone replacement therapy because of negative outcomes related to those taking synthetic hormones. Women taking synthetic hormones – primarily made from pregnant mare’s urine – may experience higher rates of breast cancer and heart disease.
That is the not the case with women on a bioidentical hormone therapy replacement regimen. Bioidentical hormones, made from wild yam and soy, are identical on a molecular level to those found in a woman’s body.
Rather than cause a health risk, bioidentical hormones may protect women from Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, and osteoporosis, among other health issues. They help patients dealing with vaginal dryness and diminished libido.
In addition to regulating the sleep cycle, women using bioidentical hormones should avoid the night sweats which wake them up and often mean they must change their nightclothes and bedding.
All bioidentical hormones are individually designed for each patient and created by a compounding pharmacy meeting our strict standards. Patients return for regular testing and monitoring of their hormone levels, so changes in the formulation are made when necessary.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy once again puts your hormones in balance, as they were prior to menopause. This therapy is a holistic approach, so the doctor also counsels patients on their nutritional and exercise needs.
If you are dealing with sleep and other menopausal issues and want to know if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help, call Dr. Edward Jacobson office’s today and arrange a consultation.