What is Insomnia and what causes it?
Insomnia is a serious problem and can affect anyone. It is very common in menopausal and perimenopausal women and is often due to hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalances also disrupt sleep indirectly by causing hot flashes and night sweats which make women wake up during the middle of the night.
Estrogen and progesterone could be the culprits
Hormones closely associated with disrupted sleep include estrogen and progesterone. Low levels of estrogen causes hot flashes and night sweats as well as does a lack of progesterone but low progesterone also prevents a woman from going into a deeper and more restful sleep.
Sleeplessness can also have many other non-hormone related causes; including stress, anxiety, illness, restless legs, sleep apnea, medications, etc. and these should be ruled out as well.
Treatment for insomnia
Our treatments involve the use of natural bio-identical hormone therapy given by the most natural routes and with strict monitoring. We avoid using artificial hormones (prescription drugs) which may relieve hot flashes but are known to increase risk of: heart attack, stroke and breast cancer.
Once existing hormone levels in your blood are measured and deficiencies are identified, treatment begins to replenish and balance your hormones. Our treatment protocols, backed by scientific research, have been designed to avoid risks while relieving symptoms and providing renewed vigor and vitality.
Symptoms of sleeplessness from menopause and perimenopause are relieved quickly. Most of our patients notice a major difference in their quality of life from enjoying a good night sleep.
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I am now able to complete my (exercise) program and I feel great when I am finished. I also have a sense of well being that I have not experienced for a long time. I am also sleeping better.S. Lewis, MD, age 74