When you open your eyes first thing in the morning, there’s nothing better than realizing that you just woke from an amazingly refreshing night’s sleep and feel happy, thankful, and ready to start Your day!
Unfortunately this isn’t a common experience for many women when they enter their midlife years! And what most women don’t realize is that the CAUSE of this sleeping disturbance is usually HORMONAL!
Sure, I have my favorite sleep supplements. But mostly because they ADD to the Joy of a deep sleep that returns when a Woman replaces her PROGESTERONE!
As Progesterone declines, the FIRST thing most women notice is a decline in the quality of their sleep. It usually gets worse and worse until eventually You’re Praying for a just one good night.
That’s HEART BREAKING to me! It is usually so simple to solve!
Progesterone replacement is KEY! I used Progesterone alone for the first 10 years of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement, before I added any Estrogen at all.
Some of my other favorite supplements for an excellent nights sleep is Melatonin - our Sleep Hormone! I love Melatonin because it is also an anti-oxidant and has been shown to decrease the return of breast cancer in women who have already been diagnosed and treated for it. In fact, Melatonin is often used by oncology centers along WITH chemotherapy in the TREATMENT of Breast cancer. Be aware... Melatonin declines drastically as we age, so supplementing with this over the counter hormone with health promoting doses, you are giving your body opportunity it doesn’t have otherwise!
Doses of Melatonin vary from 1 mg to 10mg nightly. 20mg nightly happens to be the dose used with Chemotherapy for women being treated for breast cancer, but this dose should be reserved for medical treatment. Excessively high doses can decrease a person’s (man or woman), Testosterone levels.
Here is some more “Melatonin Awesomeness”!
Melatonin has been proven to decrease growth of bacterial, viral and parasitic infections!
Melatonin is also considered an antioxidant, helping take care of those nasty free radicals that can negatively affect our DNA.
Melatonin enhances the death of cancer cells during chemotherapy while protecting healthy cells.
Melatonin helps prevent rejection of organ transplantation.
Melatonin improves recovery from a stroke, reduces migraines, and helps decrease pressure in the eyes caused by glaucoma.
And Melatonin improves the functioning of the immune system even in the extreme elderly.
Another supplement I love for healthy deep sleep is L-Theanine. L-Theanine is an amino acid that increases GABA in the brain and thus provides the body a calming effect just like Progesterone provides. When you take L-Theanine for a month or longer, you will also notice it’s calming effects extending throughout the day. You’ll just say to yourself... “hummm... wow! I feel so much calmer these days!”
Many of you already know how valuable 5-HTP is for sleep (and mood too!). So I often recommend a low dose of 5-HTP before bed as well. 5-HTP is the precursor to Serotonin, which is the neurotransmitter that helps us sleep AND the “feel good” brain hormone. It is the neurotransmitter that is increased with anti-depressant medications!
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