How long does it take for progesterone to help with insomnia?

Insomnia is defined as insufficient or poor-quality sleep that involved trouble falling asleep, waking up too early in the morning, frequent awakenings throughout the night. One definition of insomnia is inadequate sleep that does not allow us to be fully energetic and productive the next day. Types of Insomnia include temporary or chronic. The form of solution for insomnia depends on the cause of the sleep disturbance.

If your sleep is not quality sleep, your health and wellness can suffer. The best way to get better rest is for you to learn more about how you are sleeping.
People vary in their need for, and satisfaction with, sleep. Insomnia isn’t only about the number of hours a person sleeps each night; rather, it is also about a person’s perception that his or her sleep is inadequate. A feeling of inadequate sleep may be caused by:

• Difficulty falling asleep
• Difficulty staying asleep

Insomnia is described by how long it lasts.
• Transient Insomnia: lasting for a short time
• Intermittent Insomnia: occurring on and off
• Chronic Insomnia: occurring on most nights and lasting for a month or more.

For women, menopause can interfere with sleep. And they can be given a hormone. Progesterone can be sedating, bringing sleep on. It also balances estrogen’s effect on serotonin and norepinephrine, which both act to “overcaffeinate” us–causing us to be wired. It also helps too improve breathing patterns, even making sleep apnea better in some. It’s important to remember though that it’s bio-identical progesterone that makes the biggest difference. There was a study that compared women on either Premarin or Provera (synthetic progestin) or Premarin and Prometrium (bio-identical progesterone). Women taking the Prometrium found they fell asleep more easily and stayed asleep for more of the night. On the other hand, too much progesterone can be sedating and create fatigue, so you can have too much of a good thing.

The severity of hormonal problems may increase with age, but it is not aging per se that is the root of declining health. Exposure to environmental toxins and the cumulative effects of stress cause disruption of the natural rhythms.

How long does it take for progesterone to help with insomnia? As long as it takes to get your hormones back in balance which is different with everyone. Progesterone can be taken for the rest of your life – but there are trade offs and side effects just as there are with any drug. Your doctor is the best person to discuss the balance or imbalance of your hormone system.

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