Insomnia Causes and Treatments Q&A
Are you experiencing difficulty in sleeping at night, waking up too early, tiredness and sleepiness around the day, trouble focusing and depression? You might be suffering from insomnia so talk to a specialist about insomnia causes and treatments at Optimal Balance Center and start feeling better. Contact us for more information or request an appointment today! We are conveniently located at 701 FM 685, Ste 125 Pflugerville, TX 78660.
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The lack of which hormone is responsible for insomnia?
Can insomnia be caused by a hormonal imbalance?
Does hormone therapy help with insomnia?
How do you fix hormonal insomnia?
Where can I get my insomnia treated in Pflugerville, TX?
We all have an internal clock that controls how our body functions throughout the day. It’s called our circadian rhythm and our thought processes, metabolism, sleep-wake cycle, and many other functions all follow this master clock that helps us keep track of time by using cues such as light and darkness and eating schedules. Having a stable circadian rhythm is essential for our general health and inconsistent eating and sleeping patterns can throw it off, just as not getting enough quality sleep can affect your physical and mental well-being. So, with this in mind, it is easy to see how important sleep is and how sleep disorders such as insomnia can disrupt our circadian rhythm and have a detrimental effect on our health. In the case of insomnia caused by a hormonal imbalance, help is available in the form of hormone replacement therapy that can be used to help restore the body’s natural balance.
Melatonin is a sleep-inducing hormone produced by the pineal gland that’s associated with the body’s sleep-wake cycle. During the day, light stops the gland from producing melatonin but as it gets dark the melatonin levels in the brain increase and make you sleepy. Disrupted or poor sleep patterns can impact the production of melatonin and can affect the signals the brain needs to make you go to sleep.
Insomnia can be related to fluctuations in the thyroid, testosterone, cortisol, progesterone, and/or melatonin hormones, but it can sometimes be hard to tell whether the poor sleep is causing the hormone imbalance, or the hormone imbalance is causing the poor sleep. Research has also shown that hormone fluctuations during a woman’s menstrual cycle and menopause can affect sleep resulting in increased insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns. Also, because progesterone is a sleep-inducing hormone, any fluctuations that are detrimental to progesterone levels can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Research has shown that estrogen replacement therapy can significantly reduce sleep problems by helping people to fall asleep more easily, reducing restlessness and the number of times a person wakes up during the night. This in turn results in fewer groggy mornings and tiredness throughout the day. Because of the impact, estrogen has on hot flashes, night sweats, heart palpitations, and blood pressure, the alleviation of these symptoms in postmenopausal women can also lead to an improved and more therapeutic quality of sleep.
If insomnia is related to a hormonal imbalance, one method that can be used to help re-balance levels is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This works by supplementing hormone levels that have dipped due to menopause or medical conditions – such as chronic kidney disease or a low functioning pituitary gland – with hormones that boost levels and help to reverse the effects of the deficiency.
Here at Optimal Balance Center, we specialize in hormone replacement options for men and bioidentical hormone replacement for women, so if your insomnia is hormone-related then we can help! Balancing hormones can bring significant benefits to our overall health and sense of wellbeing, so if you are having issues in falling asleep or staying asleep, contact us today! We will help you understand how hormone fluctuations are affecting you and will discuss appropriate treatment plans with you. If you would like to know more, call us for more information or to request an appointment today! We are conveniently located at 701 FM 685, Ste 125 Pflugerville, TX 78660. We Serve Patients from Pflugerville TX, Austin TX, Round Rock TX, Hutto TX, Georgetown TX, Cedar Park TX, Taylor TX, and Manor TX.