Occasional problems with sleep are common at midlife, often secondary to hot flashes and night sweats, or anxiety and depression—which often occur together in midlife women. Between 20 and 40 percent of women have sleep disorders, and women in perimenopause often need more sleep and suffer from insomnia more often than do men of the […]
Surveys done by the National Sleep Foundation over the last 10 years show that most women in the United States don’t get enough sleep. This isn’t surprising since many women have hectic schedules and need to sacrifice something in order to “do it all.” It’s long been known that sleep affects your hormones, mood, and cognitive skills. But now, researchers are learning there’s a connection between sleep and your ability to stay trim.
A couple weeks ago, a good friend called and said, “Help. I have night sweats and hot flashes. And I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in months. I watched you talk about bioidentical hormones on television. What do you think?”
The adrenal glands are your body’s primary “shock absorbers.” These two little thumb-sized glands sitting on top of your kidneys produce hormones including norepinephrine, cortisol and DHEA that allow you to respond to the conditions of your daily life in healthy and flexible ways.