By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
We live in a 24/7 society where everything around us is in high demand. Doesn’t it seem like everyone is either slugging around tired or jacked up on caffeine nowadays? Most Americans are not getting the recommended eight hours of sleep anymore. The sad truth is many folks have adjusted to 4 to 5 hours of sleep, and that is definitely not healthy! Our bodies need an average of 8 hours of sleep so it can repair itself. Let’s check out three reasons that could be preventing you from a good night’s sleep, but first here’s a hint (hormones).
Estrogen could be a reason that you are not sleeping well. Low levels of this hormone can cause hot flashes in women. Low estrogen can wake up most menopausal or premenopausal women out of a sound sleep! I usually can fall asleep just fine, but if my body is too warm the hot flashes start around 2am and they wake me up. Getting my estrogen levels balanced have truly helped me a lot to stay asleep.
Progesterone is a hormone and an unsuspected sign that could be wreaking havoc on your sleep. Progesterone is another hormone that is commonly low during menopause and premenopause. No wonder so many women have insomnia during this stage of life! Again, supporting with this hormone too have helped me sleep through the night and wake up ready to start my day with a smile on my face!
Cortisol is the third hormone that can rob a person of satisfying sleep. Cortisol levels should be higher in the morning but reduced in the evening for bedtime. High cortisol during the night can cause insomnia and belly fat. Stress can cause unbalanced cortisol levels so getting cortisol levels balanced out can also help improve sleep quality. If I am worried about something around 10pm I can actually feel my coritsol levels jump up. Sometimes I have to take a supplement to lower cortisol right before bed and it helps me relax and get those needed Z’s .
As you can see hormones can play a significant role in sleep, and they need to be balanced to help you feel your best. Sound sleep promotes the body’s growth, restoration, and self-healing. We all need some good sleep. Not having enough sleep can cause moodiness, anxiety, brain fog, depression, low libido and weight gain. All of those symptoms are also associated with hormones too. If you have been trying to do your best to sleep well but still cannot, you should get your hormones tested! Don’t let hormones disrupt anymore of your sweet sleep!
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Medical disclaimer: Our hormone test kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.