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Dr. Kristina Campione | November 23, 2020
Hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain... all sound familiar? These menopause symptoms get a lot of attention, and for good reason, but did you know menopause can be the cause of your insomnia, too?
As if all those well documented symptoms weren’t irritating enough, now you can also blame menopause for why you are exhausted during the day but wide awake at night. And it’s not just you. It’s estimated that up to 60% of menopausal women experience symptoms of insomnia.
Why then, is a decrease in estrogen and progesterone keeping you up at night? The answer lies in your endocrine system, where the organs that produce the body’s multitude of hormones are located. They communicate with one another like a hormone information web, influencing how several others will react. Similar to a ripple effect, an imbalance in one place can cause disruptions in others.
This is particularly significant for women because the levels of our sex hormones influence sleep cycles and our circadian rhythm, which functions as your body’s internal clock. Variances occur in these cycles with regular hormonal fluctuations during events like our menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause.
Ideally, during menopause as our ovaries drop their production of estrogen and progesterone, the adrenal glands (two pyramid shaped glands that sit atop the kidneys) are usually able to produce sex hormones to offset some of the decline. But stress can deplete these glands causing “adrenal fatigue” and inhibit their ability to produce enough of the hormones that should send you off to dream land. Given the times and our way of life, I’d be impressed if many women could attest to having no stress in their life. Anyone? Bueller?
So now you’re so tired even your glands are exhausted. Do adrenal glands like espresso? Asking for a friend. But seriously, what can we do to get back to a good night’s sleep? Luckily there are some strategies you can employ to get you back to dream land.
Dr. Kristina Campione is a chiropractic Physician, Master Nutritionist and founder of Campione Nutrition. For more of her helpful tips, or to schedule a free 15-minute consultation, visitdrcampione.com.
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