Lacking quality sleep can be detrimental to your health, beauty, and emotional well-being, lowering your quality of life. As we age, our hormone levels experience a sharp decline, causing both restlessness, and sleep issues due to hormone imbalances. Because sleep is heavily involved in regulating many of our bodily processes, a wide range of symptoms arise along with severe health consequences.
With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), hormone levels are supplemented, improving sleep quality among a wide range of benefits. This treatment is most used to treat symptoms of menopause in women; however, both men and women can benefit greatly from BHRT.
What is BHRT?
BHRT, or bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, is an innovative form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Instead of synthetic hormones, BHRT uses natural hormones identical to human hormones to treat menopausal symptoms, prevent osteoporosis, and other hormone imbalance-related concerns. This treatment is also a great option for those seeking feminine rejuvenation, improving the symptoms of vaginal dryness, low libido, and hot flashes.
Hormone pellets are the preferred delivery method of BHRT, providing long-term relief at all times of the day for months at a time. During your consultation, testing will be done to determine the appropriate dose of hormone levels needed for optimal improvement before insertion. BHRT pellet insertion is a simple procedure, requiring a small incision where the rice grain-sized pellet will be inserted into the love handle or buttocks.
The Link Between Sleeplessness and Hormones
Sleep can be disrupted by many things including stress, anxiety, depression, and hormonal imbalances. Sleep problems often lead to more serious health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and even cancer, when left untreated.
When you have low estrogen levels, it causes the body to produce too much cortisol (a stress hormone). Cortisol makes us feel tired and anxious, leading to sleepless nights and an inability to fall asleep.
With higher testosterone levels, the brain releases more dopamine, which makes us feel energetic and happy, helping us stay awake during the day. However, when we don’t get enough dopamine at night, our bodies become sluggish and sleepy.
Boosting your libido
Lack of sleep has been linked to decreased sexual desire and arousal in both men and woman. As a result, insomnia, one of the most common sleep disorders, is a risk factor for sexual dysfunction. Maintaining relationships can become difficult with low energy, mood, and sex drive.
The symptoms of hormone imbalance often create challenges with intimacy, making sex undesirable. Women often experience uncomfortable vaginal dryness, as well as a reduced emotional interest. These combined symptoms can be frustrating, eliminating any spontaneity and spark from your relationship.
BHRT alleviates these symptoms, providing increased vaginal lubrication and boosted energy as a result of longer, and better-quality sleep.
Sexual rejuvenation can be further enhanced with natural treatments such as the O-Shot, an injection of platelet-rich plasma to heal the vaginal tissues, leading to increased sensitivity, lubrication, and tightness.
How BHRT can benefit your sleep
bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is one of the most effective treatments to regain control of your sleep and overall health. By supplementing your body with the appropriate levels of hormones, you can reduce the symptoms of hormonal imbalance that are disruptive to your sleep, as well as improve how our body regulates sleep itself.
Hormones play a role as chemical messengers in the body that stimulate different signals and responses. When there is an imbalance, improper messages can be prompted in the body, and as a result, trouble sleeping can occur
Healthy sleep habits
If you’ve been experiencing trouble getting a good night’s rest, here are a few tips that can help improve the quality of your sleep and reduce restlessness at night.
- Get plenty of rest before bedtime. Try going to bed earlier so you won’t need to wake up early in the morning.
- Avoid caffeine after 2pm. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system and keeps you alert. If you drink coffee or tea later in the day, make sure you limit yourself to one cup per day.
- Exercise regularly. Physical activity releases endorphins, which help reduce stress and increase feelings of well-being.
- Eat healthy foods. A balanced diet will give you the nutrients you need to function properly throughout the day.
- Don’t eat late at night. Eating large meals close to bedtime may cause indigestion and gas.
Why quality sleep is important
Those who improve their sleep quality often find a wide range of positive effects on their health and general sense of well-being. Many ailments can be attributed to a lack of sleep and affect both physical and mental health.
A good night’s sleep helps keep your skin looking young and fresh. When you sleep, your body produces collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which help keep your skin firm and elastic. These substances also help decrease fine lines and wrinkles.
Studies show that people who get less than six hours of sleep each night tend to experience more negative emotions than those who get seven or eight hours of sleep. This is because lack of sleep affects neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine, both of which are involved in regulating mood.
Research shows that a lack of sleep impairs short-term memory. It appears that this impairment is caused by the fact that sleep deprivation decreases the amount of oxygen available to the brain. Oxygen is needed to produce acetylcholine, a chemical that plays a role in learning, memory, and mental clarity.
Increased sex drive
When you sleep, your body releases hormones that stimulate sexual desire. Sleep deprivation reduces the level of luteinizing hormone, which increases the release of follicle-stimulating hormone, another hormone that promotes sexual arousal.
Stronger nails and hair
During sleep, the body produces keratin proteins that strengthen nails and hair. Lack of sleep causes these proteins to break down, resulting in brittle nails and hair.
Poor sleep has been linked to increased risks of cardiovascular diseases, type II diabetes, and certain types of cancers. In addition, poor sleep has been associated with weight gain, depression, fatigue, and decreased immunity.
Taking the next steps
Bioidentical hormone therapy is an effective treatment in improving sleep in those suffering from hormone imbalance, as well as treating a wide range of health concerns such as low mood, bone loss, and weight gain. If you’ve been experiencing restlessness, and symptoms of insomnia, this treatment will benefit you by not only improving your sleep quality, but your overall vitality.
Call: (713) 538-2276 to book a consultation at Dr. Sharon Aesthetics and feel the amazing difference of BHRT!