You might be familiar with some of the symptoms related to menopause, such as hot flashes and fatigue, but did you know that a hormone imbalance can also affect your sleep? Many women may not even realize that their fatigue is related to various types of sleep disturbances that can be treated, assuming that it must be result of menopause in general. There are a few reasons that menopause may cause women to lose sleep.
Also known as night sweats, hot flashes can disturb your sleep. During menopause, your estrogen levels drop. This can lead to sudden bouts of feeling overheated and copious sweating. Although women may perceive that they are being awakened by these night sweats, some studies show that women actually wake up just before a hot flash occurs. This indicates that there could be brain activity that causes women to wake up along with the discomfort of being too hot. Wearing loose-fitting clothing to bed and keeping a glass of water nearby to sip can help. Hormone therapy can also treat night sweats to make sleep more comfortable.
The hormonal imbalance that accompanies menopause can cause a number of mental and emotional changes, such as depression and anxiety. This in turn can lead to insomnia. Hormone imbalance treatment can help even out your emotions so you can get a good night’s sleep again.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which people stop breathing throughout the night, either because of a blocked airway or because their brain is not sending the right signals. Menopause significantly increases the likelihood of developing sleep apnea. It is unclear why this happens although in some women, it could be related to weight gain, which is also more likely when there is a hormonal imbalance. People often associate sleep apnea with snoring, but this is not always a symptom, and women in particular may have sleep apnea even if they do not snore. Furthermore, women may not remember waking up frequently throughout the night. Menopause treatment can include being treated for sleep apnea.
Menopause is a natural time of life, but it can also cause discomfort, and health problems can result from not getting enough sleep. If you are suffering from insomnia or simply feel fatigued all the time, make an appointment with us today at HerKare. We can check your hormone levels, test you for sleep apnea and help get to the bottom of what’s making you feel bad.
Some women may experience few menopause-related symptoms, but many others may find that it can be a challenging time both physically and emotionally. If you feel tired, are gaining weight or are suffering from hot flashes or night sweats, these might be because of menopause. Some women also report what is often called “brain fog,” which is the feeling that you just aren’t as focused or sharp as you are used to being. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help relieve all of these symptoms.
What Is a Hormone Imbalance?
Hormones are substances that move through your blood and affect many systems throughout your body. There are several different conditions that can lead to an imbalance, but in menopause, your hormone levels start to fluctuate significantly, and your estrogen and progesterone levels drop. Because hormones affect so many systems in the body, this fluctuation can lead to a number of physical, mental and psychological symptoms that may affect your health and quality of life. Fortunately, hormone imbalance treatment can significantly help treat your symptoms and get your hormones back in a healthy range.
How Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Help?
HRT, which may include progesterone and estrogen replacement therapy, can help keep your hormone levels consistent. Your body treats the hormones you receive through hormone replacement therapy the same way it would hormones that it produces on its own. Hormone replacement therapy can help improve your cognitive function, help you sleep better and can address a number of other symptoms associated with menopause, including night sweats, low libido and vaginal dryness.
Hormone replacement therapy does more than just improve your quality of life. Many women experience thinning bones as a result of menopause, which means they are more susceptible to breaks. HRT can help reduce osteoporosis and strengthen your bones.
What Can Women Expect With HRT?
Every woman’s body is different, and a medical professional will determine what kind of hormones are needed in what amount based on your needs. Estrogen replacement therapy is for women who have had a hysterectomy. For women who still have their uterus, progesterone will be prescribed along with estrogen. Hormone replacement therapy can be administered in a number of different ways, including injections, which allow greater control of dosage and ongoing monitoring of hormone levels.
If you are struggling with symptoms that may be related to menopause, contact us today at HerKare. We can test your hormone levels, check your overall health and determine what treatment is appropriate to help you start feeling like yourself again.