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Cracking the Sleep Code: Beyond Hormones

May 30, 2024

Hi, I’m Angela
I'm a functional medicine practitioner & hormone expert working primarily with women in their 40's and 50's to create lasting health.
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Caught in a perpetual state of exhaustion, the desire to rest one’s head, be it on a desk or a pillow, knows no bounds—regardless of the hour. This exhaustion is a common companion for women entering their 40s and 50s. As we age, our once peaceful sleep becomes fragmented and shorter, leaving us perpetually fatigued.

As a wellness advocate, I’ve heard countless stories from women who battle disrupted, shortened, and lightened sleep as they age. Some find themselves so fatigued that work becomes an impossibility. They’re forced to call in sick, spend the day resting, yet still struggle to find sleep’s embrace.

So, what leads us to this point, and more importantly, how can we reclaim our sleep? Sleep isn’t just about feeling refreshed; it’s integral to our overall health and wellbeing. Prolonged sleep deprivation can even pave the way for health concerns and diseases. So why do we, as women, experience such significant sleep disturbances as we journey through our 40s and beyond?

Many attribute it to hormonal changes, and you may have encountered this explanation before. Indeed, hormonal balance plays a crucial role in our sleep quality. The decline in progesterone levels, especially in comparison to estrogen, can wreak havoc on our sleep patterns. This decline often begins in our late 30s, early 40s, and beyond, leaving some women progesterone-deficient. Consequently, they grapple not only with disrupted sleep but also heightened anxiety and mood swings.

The solution, many believe, lies in replenishing these hormones. Progesterone supplementation emerges as a common remedy, with some women finding blissful slumber upon its introduction. However, for others, this approach falls short, leaving them puzzled and seeking alternatives.

Allow me to shed light on the real root cause of disrupted sleep for most women in their perimenopausal and menopausal years—it’s inflammation. Inflammation, primarily rooted in the gut, emerges as a silent disruptor of our sleep cycles. Years of poor dietary choices, antibiotic use, and other factors contribute to elevated inflammation levels, particularly in our gut.

This inflammation not only hinders our ability to fall asleep but also prompts mid-night awakenings—a common plight for many women. But here’s the kicker: as our sex hormones decline, our bodies’ capacity to regulate inflammation diminishes further. Thus, addressing hormonal imbalances alone proves insufficient in restoring restful sleep.

To truly tackle sleep disturbances, we must address inflammation at its source. Through comprehensive lab testing, we can pinpoint the specific imbalances fueling inflammation in your body. From there, a tailored approach encompassing nutrient optimization, gut repair, and targeted supplementation can rebalance your body’s inflammatory response.

If you’re ready to take the first step towards restful nights and vibrant days, I invite you to connect with me. 

Together, let’s navigate this transformative phase of life with grace, resilience, and unwavering vitality.

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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional

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