Hypothyroidism often causes insomnia, as do estrogen or progesterone deficiency. Hypothyroidism usually results in having a hard time falling asleep, whereas with low estrogen for women or low testosterone for men, you can fall asleep but you sleep lightly and wake up often. (p. 90)
Muscle health depends on thyroid, and without adequate hormone levels, muscles can become sluggish and infiltrated with fat, which can cause pain, stiffness and cramping. Pain and cramping in hands, feet, and neck is specifically thryroid related. (p. 91).
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland during the dark hours of the day-night cycle (circadian rhythm). Melatonin levels in the body are low during daylight hours. The pineal gland (located in the brain) responds to darkness by increasing melatonin levels in the body.
Hypothyroidism often causes insomnia, as do estrogen or progesterone deficiency.
One reason estrogen might help sleep is because of the way it interacts with certain neurotransmittal systems. It enhances the action of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), the major inhibitory system of the brain, the system that sleeping pills augment to damp us down. It enhances the action of serotonin by decreasing the neurotransmitter’s uptake and making it more available, the way selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants such as Prozac or Zoloft do. Or, it may be that hormone supplements simply keep hormone levels more constant, thereby eliminating the fluctuations that cause trouble. Then again, estrogen itself lowers body temperature, and that may be why it helps. Not enough is known. From article, Why We Can't Sleep by Gayle Greene.
Testosterone Therapy for Women
...Testosterone and other related hormones (DHEA and DHEAS) in the body (also known as androgens) have known physiological roles in women. Firstly, oestrogen is actually made from testosterone and DHEA, and without the ability of our bodies to make testosterone we cannot make oestrogen. Testosterone and DHEA appear to have direct independent effects in different parts of the body, and some women may experience a variety of physical symptoms when their blood levels fall. Such symptoms may include:
* Impaired sexual interest (loss of libido or sexual desire), and lessened sexual responsiveness
* Lessened wellbeing, loss of energy
Testosterone therapy may be beneficial for some women who have had their ovaries surgically removed or in some who have significant symptoms in the form of loss of libido, fatigue and diminished wellbeing.
That is the essence of the book--she recommends having your hormone, Vitamin and mineral levels tested and to take it from there. The book does have a lot of info about hormones, including thyroid issues. She recognizes the importance of diet and exercise too.Wouldn't it be more significant to evaluate the patient more thoroughly with these matters to find a solution?
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