Sleep is a gift in my opinion, and if you're like me, you probably don't realize how much your hormones affect your sleep habits, until you've missed out on some quality shut eye!
During puberty, premenopause, menopause, and post-menopause, sleep usually changes due to fluctuations in our hormones.
Whether our estrogen levels are too low or high, or we're super stressed, our sleep patterns can change quicker than a fashion model backstage at a runway show!
I know, because I’ve been there, more than once or twice with my hormones affecting my sleep, far beyond just a little tossing and turning.
Check out these crazy ways your hormones affect your sleep habits, so you can get the beauty sleep your body wants, needs and craves to be your most gorgeous, healthy self!
1. Your Ovaries Are Slowing down
During menopause, when the female body starts to enter its final hormone cycle, one of the most obvious ways hormones affect your sleep habits is they cause you to suffer insomnia.
This is due to your ovaries slowing down in the production of two very important hormones, known as estrogen and progesterone.
Progesterone is a form of estrogen that promotes sleep, but when estrogen or progresterone levels drop, you may find yourself waking up often, or not falling asleep as easily.
Lowering your caffeine intake, as well as getting enough exercise, have been effective methods at battling excess adrenaline in the body that can cause this to happen.
If you’re already drinking caffeine-free beverages and exercising, then you may want to consider taking a melatonin supplement, or natural sleep aid to help you get more rest.
Melatonin is a hormone in our body that regulates sleep, and it can get off balance when we got through certain life changes.
An over the counter melatonin supplement can be a safe, short-term way to get it back on track, without having to take medication.