If you’re not getting enough sleep you should take the matter quite seriously. According to HOTZE Health and Wellness Center:
- 60 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders
- 42 million sleep prescriptions are filled each year
- 50-70 million Americans are living too close to a mental and physical collapse due to sleep loss
- Over half of American adults suffer from insomnia at least a few times a week
We all know how important a good night’s sleep is, but it isn’t until we miss it that we truly understand how much we need sleep to function. It isn’t just energy we lose when we don’t get enough sleep. Without enough sleep the following functions suffer:
- Hormone Function
- Immune System Function
- Cortisol Levels
- Brain Function
- The Aging Process
When we were young, sleep was easy to come by because our parents made sure we got enough of it. As we get older our hormonal balance declines. If your hormone levels even out and regulate sleep issues should be less of a problem. Have you ever heard that imbalanced hormones can cause insomnia? The better sleep solution is to regulate and balance your hormone levels. Here’s why:
Progesterone has a drowsy inducing effect and generates a sense of calmness. Low progesterone can often cause insomnia and anxiety.
Estrogen deficiency can cause night sweats and hot flashes, making your nights uncomfortable and makes sleep illusive.
Testosterone is very important for sleep in men. It can also prevent sleep apnea! But if testosterone levels are irregular then sleep apnea could keep you and your bunkmate awake as well.
Thyroid hormone levels allow you to stay in the deep phases of sleep longer, for those who have trouble staying asleep.
You could try something natural at first, such as melatonin, calcium, and magnesium citrate. However, should sleeping issues persists, or you are afraid of becoming dependent on the natural sleeping aids, you should schedule a Wellness Consultation with us to discuss other factors that could be keeping you up as well as hormone therapy as your sleep solution. Hormone therapy is an essential part of our method of healing – check out the Hormone Health Pillar.