Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep. The condition can be short-term (acute) or last a long time (chronic). It may also come and go over a person’s lifetime. Acute insomnia lasts from one night to a few weeks. Insomnia is chronic when it happens at least three nights a week for three months or more. It is a frustrating disorder that can cause anxiety, depression, severe fatigue, and weight loss and gain. Sleep is such an important function for our bodies to stay well. It gives out bodies a chance to repair and rest. Nearly 20% of Americans use some sort of sleep medication or aid to help them fall asleep.
Many men and women develop a profound appreciation for sleep during andropause and menopause. That’s because sleep can be in short supply when hormones are out of balance. Difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently, tossing and turning, and waking up too early become par for the course for people as they age.
Here at MedHealth 360 we create individualized programs designed to increase your wellness, through nutrition, hormone rebalancing, fitness, and more.
Counting Sheep? And Other Ways to help.
As much as we would like to think that counting sheep can help, it is really just a myth. Try to create a bedtime routine that you don’t break, get up at the same time each day, try to lay off the electronics at least two hours before, and avoid caffeine later in the day. Alcohol may work in the short-term but you are unlikely to have a quality, full nights sleep. Get the best mattress you can afford – it needs to be comfy to you!
A Vicious Cycle: How Hormonal Replacement Can Help
Insomnia can be either the cause or the result of many health problems. When you can’t sleep you are more likely to have a low mood, which in turn makes it harder to get to sleep. That causes you stress, which then messes with other parts of your body and mind. The cause could be as simple as momentary or situational stress and anxiety or even a bad pillow, but it could be more serious and include low and decreasing testosterone levels as we age.
Testosterone is an important hormone that does a lot more than control male secondary sex characteristics. It is important for both men and women in controlling glucose metabolism and body weight, maintenance of muscle mass, sexual energy, and sleep. Testosterone in men begins to decrease after the age of 30.
Weight Gain and insomnia
Testosterone is important in glucose metabolism. As levels begin to decrease, weight tends to increase. In fact, low testosterone is largely responsible for truncal obesity, the intra-abdominal fat accumulation in men that we commonly refer to as the beer belly. Weight gain, however, is not isolated to the abdomen. Weight gain in and around the face and neck can often lead to sleep apnea; sleep apnea in turn leads to worsening insomnia. A vicious cycle!
Metabolism and Fatigue
Testosterone is important in determining the metabolic set-point. As levels begin to decrease, metabolic fatigue will increase. Patients describe feeling more lethargic and have less energy which in turn can lead to weight gain. Weight gain in and around the face and neck can again, lead to sleep apnea and worsening insomnia.
Stress and Adrenal Fatigue
Stress and anxiety are often the cause of insomnia. Who can sleep if they keep replaying bad scenarios in their head? Stress and anxiety, however also lead the adrenal glands to release cortisol. If they secrete too much cortisol for too long, they become fatigued and cortisol production becomes inadequate. This reduced production of cortisol will leave you feeling exhausted. But you still can’t sleep.
Treatment for Insomnia
We believe the key to treating your insomnia is in balancing your hormones. Getting hormones balanced and back to healthy levels will unlock the secrets to reclaiming your energy and vigor. MedHealth 360 programs will help you develop a plan to help you feel rested again. During out initial consultation, we get a detailed idea of what your symptoms are and how you are feeling. Then we do some tests and check your lab results for hormone or physiological causes. We have wide-ranging treatment options that incorporate hormone replacement, weight loss if necessary, fitness and yoga programs, and even relaxing massages. And we are there with you every step of the way – cheerleading and holding you accountable when needed .
Starts at $1500
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
BHRT can help with:
- Symptoms of Menopause / Andropause
- Hot Flashes
- Hair Loss
- Painful Intercourse
- Sleep Problems
- Muscle Mass Loss
- Loss of Libido
How Does The Program Work?
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Personalized programs and dosing is based on your labs and medical history
Pellet Insertion and Supplements
Pellet insertion is 5 minute procedure with no downtime
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Although they are not naturally produced by the body, you body recognizes them as the same, and biochemically reacts to them with the same effect. The many symptoms of menopause can be alleviated with BHRT. You can say goodbye to hot flashes, mood swings, mental fog and more. Using our MedHealth 360 program you can also control your weight, increase your energy levels and feel good both inside and out.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has actually been used in the United States since 1938. Bioidentical Hormones are all natural plant based products made from yams and a small amount of soy. These hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced within our own bodies. There are numerous studies worldwide that document the benefits and safety of BHRT. These studies also report a lower incidence of side effects when compared with prescription drugs. BHRT should not be confused with “synthetic hormones which are typically found in many creams, gels and injectables used for hormone replacement.
BHRT is a short, simple in-office procedure using local anesthesia. Your doctor will insert the pellets into the fatty layer just beneath your skin. In men and women, a small incision is made in the buttocks or in the lower abdomen. The process is painless and takes just a few minutes.
One of greatest advantages of pellet therapy is the low incidence of side effects. Although extremely rare, side effects may include: slight bruising, minor bleeding, infection or extrusion of the pellets.
Your doctor will interpret your blood tests and determine an appropriate dosage specifically designed for your body. Women who receive estrogen can feel significantly better in 24-36 hours. Men and women who receive testosterone will start to feel relief of symptoms in 10-14 days. After your pellet insertion, you should avoid vigorous exercise for a few days as directed by your physician. Your doctor will evaluate your hormone levels on an ongoing basis and monitor any future changes needed.
You can obtain BHRT Pellets by scheduling an appointment with a trained, certified physician who specializes in hormonal therapy. In order to obtain the correct dosage and proper placement of the pellets, the doctor should be knowledgeable and specifically trained in pellet therapy!
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