sleep and hormones
A good night’s sleep can be hard to come by for many people. Sometimes, you just can’t fall asleep, and others, you keep waking up throughout the night. You’re left feeling tired and drained, and getting through your day can be a challenge. Medical Director of BodyLogicMD of Little Rock, Dr. Constance Crisp has seen these issues in many of her patients, and has several tips on how to get the sleep you need — without resorting to medications.
BodyLogicMD physician Dr. Bruce Thomas was recently featured in an ABC news segment discussing sleep and what you can do to get more of it. According to the report, studies show that 75 percent of U.S. adults aren’t getting the sleep they need. How much is enough? According to Dr. Thomas, adults should be getting somewhere between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. And those of us who don’t get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, substance abuse and diabetes.
Sometimes, even if you have excellent sleep hygiene, you can still have difficulty sleeping. Hormones can definitely affect your sleep, too — especially in women, and especially during and after menopause. Menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats can reduce your sleep quality and even interrupt sleep cycles.
BodyLogicMD, Do hormones affect sleep? I get about 4-5 hours of sleep every night and I think that’s pretty normal, but I just can’t get my body to sleep any longer; I keep waking up. It wouldn’t be a problem if I felt refreshed after those 4-5 hours, but I feel like I have to … Continued