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How Natural Progesterone Can Help Your Sleep at Menopause

Having trouble sleeping? This article can help.

AnnA Rushton

Sleep disturbance is common around the menopause – pre and during – with a choice of potential disrupters like hot flashes and night sweats and is a source of great frustration for many women. We all have times when we don’t sleep so well, but when it is prolonged we really notice the effect that it has. It doesn’t matter whether your problem is not being able to get to sleep in the first place or waking frequently in the night, if you don’t deal with it then it will certainly impact your health.

So why is it so common amongst menopausal women? There could be a number of other factors involved, but generally it is because the levels of progesterone usually produced by the body in the ovaries and adrenal glands will have dropped sharply. This leads to hormonal imbalance and lack of sleep is only one of the many effects that this can have. You can find a comprehensive list by looking at the article on estrogen dominance by Dr Shirley Bond here: http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2010/03/15/what-is-oestrogen-dominance

Progesterone shares a close relationship with GABA, a neuro-chemical within the brain that calms the nervous system. This has the effect of reducing those clamouring thoughts chasing round your head so you can relax and drift off to sleep more easily. If you are lacking in GABA then your mind will continue to race and you will not get an adequate night’s rest. When natural progesterone is given, researchers have found that the brain waves slow down in a similar way as when exposed to tranquilizers, so helping the person get to sleep.

However, most women would prefer not to be taking tranquillizers to help them sleep, and that is why the researchers recommended the use of natural bio-identical progesterone creams, which provide the progesterone needed to balance the body’s hormones without any of the side effects that drug-based products can cause.

Menopause can throw up many challenges, but lack of sleep need not be one of them. By using more natural methods such as bio-identical natural progesterone, herbal supplements like valerian and enjoying a coolish bath with lavender oil added then a good night’s sleep need not be a thing of the past.

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marion | 11:14 am, August 19th, 2011

I have noticed that using natural progesterone helps me have a slightly better quality of sleep, however the mild diuretic effect of using it [which I am grateful for, as I suffer with water retention], also means I have to wake up for the toilet in the night, frequently.

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wellsprings | 12:07 pm, August 19th, 2011

It can certainly be a nuisance Marion, and many practitioners recommend not drinking after 6pm as the best way to avoid being woken in the night.

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Odette Dunn | 11:08 pm, April 14th, 2012

Hi AnnA,
Well I’ve just ordered some cream, and I’m keeping my arthritic fingers crossed. I had a partial hysterectomy (uterus and cervix) in 2009, after many years of suffering from endometriosis – doctors use to try to get me to take contraceptives but having been a migraine sufferer since 19 (I’m now 52); I couldn’t tolerate any of them as they made my migraines worse and more frequent. Up until September 2011 I was still spotting after surgery (just watery stuff), but then I started to get an increase in overall body temperature; then in November – Bam! – non-stop hot flushes day and night (I had thought – yay! all my kids had finished school, twins had just had their formal; and now it was my turn for my life to begin). So I saw a ‘woman’s’ doctor/specialist and she gave me bloods for thyroid (negative) and fsh levels – the result being that I had reached menopause; and she put me on Livial. Not a good idea – I got depressed; brain fog; stomach cramps; servere fluid; headachy – but still had the dreaded Hot flushes (I don’t sweat a lot – just get extremely overheated like I’m going to self combust from the waist up to topof head). After 3 weeks took myself off (to my husbands relief) them; went to my ol G.P. of 22 years and he put me on premarin – pretty much same thing; so took myself off them after a week. I’m now outlaying a lot of money for accupuncture (who also gave me sun-ten herbs with bupleurum n peony). So far no change after 2 weeks; plus i’m trying to keep taking the herbs (powder form) but it seems to upset my tummy. When I get my cream delivered, do you have any advice on how I should use it; does it come with directions; when does it normally take effect? The accupuncturist couldn’t give me any definite dates for her ‘help’; I don’t feel I’m going to get help from my G.P. I’ve just started a new job; the people there are lovely and I would love to retain the job (which has lots of computer training involved). In the past I’ve lost countless jobs because of my migraines – which since the hot flushes began, I don’t seem to get anymore (took countless meds for those, including pethadine and zomig); and it upsets me to think after more than 30 years of those; I now have some other health issue that could quite potentially affect my career now. I can’t function with no sleep – and I sincerely get NO sleep every night. I take valerian; ‘Natures Way’ menopause day/night relief; zinc/mag/b6; ‘Ostelin’ vit d/ calcium; and garlic tablets each day (one of each per day) – but nothing is helping. I would be most grateful for you advice and proper usage directions for the cream. – sincere thanks – Odette from Australia

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